“There are cool cats and there are cool Memphis cats but no one, not
Elvis, not Jerry Lee, not even the Wolf came close to epitomizing Memphis
and cool like Jim Dickinson did. He was the Top Cat Daddy, an
inspiration, a mentor and my friend.

If you knew his music and understood his role as one of the links between
black and white culture and between blues and rock and roll, you know what
I'm talking about. If he is unfamiliar to you, now's as good time as any
to get to know him, even though he's checked out of the motel.”

--Joe Nick Patoski

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Take Me To The River' -2014 SXSW 24 Beats Per Second Audience Choice Award

photo courtesy of Tom Lonardo

In his Last Words, Jim Dickinson wrote:  "... I will not be gone as long as the music lingers. I have gladly given my life to Memphis music and it has given me back a hundredfold ...”

Jim Dickinson’s Legacy lives on through the work of his sons, Luther and Cody.  Yesterday, Luther’s new record “Rock ‘n Roll Blues” was released.  It is music soaked with the spirit of his musical ancestors.  Cody’s movie “Take Me To The River” had its world premiere showing at the SXSW 2014 Film Festival. 

“The city of Memphis was a big winner at SXSW. Cody and Martin Shore's movie 'Take Me To The River' won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Choice Award at the festival. This irresistible film celebrates the spirit of Memphis, two races combining in an explosion of creativity recording the music that changes the world. 'Take Me to the River' celebrates the thrill of these musicians through the generations as they perform, rejoice and love one another.”

Cody Dickinson wrote, "My father's influence and memory can be felt throughout 'Take Me to the River.'  I clearly made the film to honor him."

To read Jim’s complete Last Words, please visit the Zebra Ranch on line:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SXSW: Luther Dickinson - 'Rock 'n Roll Blues'

During the week long events at the South by Southwest music conference, Luther Dickinson showcased his forthcoming solo album, "Rock 'n Roll Blues", set for release on March 18.  "Rock 'n Roll Blues" is the second solo album from Luther Dickinson, following the release of  Grammy nominated "Hambone's Meditations" in 2012.

Ray Wylie Hubbard may have described "Rock 'n Roll Blues" best following a session he and Luther did for SiriusXM Radio:

"Now being with Luther Dickinson gives me hope for the future of music. There is an aura about him of deep commitment to honoring the blues musicians who came before and he shares not only his Hill Country Mississippi roots but also his own soul with only the sound of a piece of glass on the strings of a guitar. He is for sure rock and roll blues... and that's the name of his new record coming out next week."

The album is being heralded around the web:

All Music (4 stars):
"Though Rock 'n Roll Blues is autobiographical in nature, it's actually much bigger. Dickinson goes outside himself as music evokes the spirits of earlier generations and the earth that bore them."

American Songwriter (3.5 stars):
"In this climate of over produced, slicked up Americana, Dickinson’s dialed down approach is charming, rustic, uncluttered and delivered with the honesty of a guy who wouldn’t know how to do it any other way."

Order your copy (release date 3/18/2014):

Monday, February 24, 2014

Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me Documentary

 A big part of Jim Dickinson's legacy is the album he produced on the seminal band Big Star, called
Big Star Third: Sister Lovers.  All three of the Big Star records were included in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Best Records Of All Time.

View the trailer below for the great new movie: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.

For more information, check out  Enjoy!  And don't miss seeing the movie in theaters near you or on Netflix.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

IBC - Search For Blind Lemon Reading by Mary Lindsay Dickinson - Jan. 24, 2014

The iconic Memphis store on Beale Street, A.Schwab  (where Jim went to Christmas shop) welcomed the International Blues Competition with a reading and presentation by Mary Lindsay Dickinson from Jim's memoir Search for Blind Lemon  on January 24, 2014.  Miles Mueller said about the reading:  "There are pictures and explanations of a time when rock 'n' roll music was being born in Memphis. Without this peek behind the curtain, no one can ever understand where we are today."  

 photo courtesy of Amy Brat

Here are four friends after the show with Richard Rosenblatt (from way back during the days of the North Mississipi' Allstar's first record release.  Richard helmed Tone Cool Records which launched "Shake Hands with Shorty" to a Grammy nomination.  Thanks, Richard.  Eric Schenkman is guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire with the Spin Doctors, Mary Lindsay Dickinson hugs BratGirlmedia's Amy Brat, who is anything but a brat with her sweet smile! Jim's son  Cody saw this pic and wrote from the road, "Four of my favorite people.  I'm missing all the fun in Memphis."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reading of Jim's Memoir on Beale Street

This is the first post of 2014 for Jim Dickinson’s Legacy blog.  It is way cool to be
welcoming folks from the International Blues Competition, who come to soak up the soul of Memphis and the blues music and musicians that we adore.  It is a thrill to announce that part of the festivities surrounding the IBC include a reading by Mary Lindsay Dickinson of excerpts from her late husband’s memoirs on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2pm, upstairs at A Schwab’s store on world- famous Beale Street.

The reading includes film, music, and pics from blues icons like the Memphis Jug Band, Bo Diddley, the Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, and Jim’s sons, Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.  You’ll witness the birth of rock’n’roll through the eyes of Jim, who enjoyed every minute of it, even though he had to miss meeting his friend Bob Dylan at Bonnaroo… but more about that later-

As the Austin Chronicle reported last March at South by Southwest celebrating a panel on Jim Dickinson, “Whether you realize it or not, Jim had been at the heart of rock & roll from its inception until his death at 67 in 2009. Musician on historic records – his piano is on the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" – and producer for countless more (Big Star'sThird, the Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me). 
The panel's title – called “I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone, his self-composed epitaph – emphasizes the truth that Dickinson always told, sometimes to his detriment.”

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Down In Mississippi by Jim Dickinson

His life was short but his art is long. Jim Dickinson's legacy thrives in Mike McCarthy's splendid video shoot at the Zebra Ranch, home of Jim's dream with Jimmy Crosthwait packing a gun, the pretty girls prancing around the flaming cross. "Down in Mississippi."  Who's that lovin' on Jim? You'll have to see it to believe it.

R.I.P. dear husband, knowing your legacy lives on. - MLD

Monday, November 4, 2013


Jim's legacy carries on with a huge event for his upcoming book, Search for Blind Lemon. 17,000 words from his memoir will be excerpted in the December issue of the Oxford American magazine. This is the music edition of the magazine featuring Tennessee music, including Jim's song off DIXIE FRIED, "The Judgement." The issue will be available on discerning newsstands December 5. It will come with a Tennessee music double-CD. If anyone subscribes before then, they'll receive the music issue (winter 2013) as their first of four issues in 2014. This is a great literary magazine- best I've ever read, thanks to the editor, Roger Hodge and a great staff. (Thanks, Max). You can subscribe here: