“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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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Waiting for the Grammys

Out here in L.A. as a guest of the Memphis Chapter of the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, waiting
for the Grammy to be awarded in Best Traditional Folk,
hopefully to ONWARD AND UPWARD, the album Luther
recorded three days after his dad, Jim Dickinson, passed away.
Even if we don't win, the honor really is in being nominated by
his peers for excellence.

ONWARD AND UPWARD was recorded with no effects, straight to
two track tape, first take, with two old RCA microphones,
no mixing, just mastering. It's hard to imagine a more simply
recorded cd, with no thought of profit, career advancement, or gain,
just heartbroken musicians gathered to honor their friend and
father and console themselves with gospel music and love.

Angel Band-Luther Dickinson and the Sons of Mudboy by Jim Dickinson's Legacy

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you guys didn't win, but the nomination was great anyway. The competition with Carolina Chocolate Drops was tough. Congrats to Sons of Mudboy for such dedication and honor of your dad.