“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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Monday, November 22, 2010

"One More Silver Dollar...." The legacy continues tonight.

     In the fall of 1970 at Criteria Studio,  Jim wrote this in his memoir, The Search for Blind Lemon,  

    "The Allman Brothers were in Studio “A” working on their second Atlantic/Capricorn album.  It was really good.  (They recorded live instrumental tracks and overdubbed leads and vocals).  One of their drummers, Butch Trucks, had done his first session at Ardent on  National.  I remembered him.  I don’t think he remembered me.  Duane was super friendly, as usual, and this was the first time I met little brother, Greg, whose voice still held traces of the great John Hurley, who had trained them in Nashville.... 

     Tonight, November 22, 2010, forty years after the above story was written, Jim's greatest legacy, sons Luther and Cody Dickinson, are part of a concert in New York at the Roseland Ballroom honoring Allen Woody, as described by Kevin Johnson in no treble:

    "After bassist Allen Woody‘s untimely passing in 2000, a tribute concert called “One for Woody” was held to honor him, featuring the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & , ,Friends and more. Now, ten years after the original concert, a second show aptly titled “Another One for Woody” will take place to honor the fallen four-stringer and raise money for music education in schools. The concert will have Woody’s two main bands, the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, headlining with The North Mississippi Allstars Duo in support. The event promises to be a night to remember, as it will also include “many special guests who were touched by Allen’s friendship, music and memory.”

    "When the Allstars first started we toured a lot with Gov't Mule," said Luther Dickinson.  "We loved it when Woody would sit in and play with us."

    Don't miss Cody's account of this gig on his blog, my mind is rambling,  It will touch your heart.

   The beat goes on....

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