“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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Saturday, December 4, 2010

For fans of Johnny Depp

 The link above is really cool.  Cut and paste the link and it will take you to a page for Keith Richards’ LIFE audio book.  Click on the SAMPLE link below Keith's pic and you'll hear Johnny Depp, using his Pirates of the Caribbean voice (he based his interpretation of the role on Keith), reading about Jim Dickinson's part in one of Keith's adventures.  Amazing!  Who'da thunk that would ever happen? Certainly not Jim.  It’s not Biblical, but I hope he somehow knows about it up in Heaven while he's playing those celestial tunes.  World boogie is coming!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Onward and Upward- Grammy nominated!

     Great news!  Three days after his father's passing, Luther and
Sons of Mudboy recorded an album of Jim's favorite hymns to
memorialize Jim and his legacy. Yesterday, the album called
Onward and Upward was nominated for a Grammy in the category
"Best Traditional Folk Album."  It's got some serious competition,
but win or lose,  as Luther said, "It's enough to know the members
of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS)
nominated it."
     Thanks, guys.
      Go to and click on the picture of
Onward and Upward to read David Fricke's review in Rolling Stone
   Here's a song Luther wrote for his dad at the Zebra Ranch studio on
the morning of the session called "Let It Roll."

  01 Let it Roll by Jim Dickinson's Legacy