“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

For more about Jim go to

Friday, October 15, 2010

Zebra Ranch- "Rock & Roll Is Self Taught...."


    “Rock and roll is self taught, “Jim Dickinson told
Relix Magazine.  “I really believe it’s something you grow
out of yourself and your environment.”

    “Southern rock/blues purveyors Hill Country Revue
released their second album, Zebra Ranch, on October 12th
via Razor & Tie.  The album is everything and more a band
could hope for when recording their sophomore album;
progressing artistically, creating a defining sound, and
coming together with a unity that cannot be manufactured.
    “While never departing from the blend of Southern rock
and blues that Hill Country Revue is known for, the band
does expand upon their musical range on this record.  As
opposed to the more bluesy sound on their debut album
Make A Move, Zebra Ranch is more rock.  “Make A
Move was an artistic transition, and this album is a
personal one,” bandleader Cody Dickinson said.
“Zebra Ranch is our‘we have arrived’ kind of party....
This album is a yell of rock and roll rebellion,” said
Cody.  “It’s also a loud cry for purpose, meaning and
truth – straight from the soul.”
   The album is a tribute to Cody’s father, legendary
producer and musician Jim Dickinson, who passed one
year ago.  The album title comes from the name of Jim’s
home recording studio, where both Hill Country Revue
albums were created.  “Being an artist himself, he was
always producing, even in absentia,” Cody spoke of Jim.
“He continues today,and this record is in his memory.”
 -92 ZEW.NET

   Luther and I are proud of Cody and his hot new album.
Way to go, Baby Son.


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