“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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Friday, October 26, 2012

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Mary Lindsay Dickinson 
When dear Jody Stephens announced Jim's name as one of 25 inaugural 
inductees in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame as established by the 
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, he was holding this guitar like a regular 
guitar.  When he flipped it over there was Jim's name. I felt blessed to be
part of this ceremony on Jim's behalf, as he took his place (in absentia)
with Elvis, Dewey, Sam Phillips, B.B. King, Otis Redding, among 
others, as one of the original members of the Memphis Hall of Fame.  
John Doyle headed up the group at the Rock 'n' Soul Museum and 
in Memphis who worked for years to pull this together.  The Dickinson
family thanks them.  The Warehouse made us feel welcome;  the house
band was rocking; and a great time was had by all at this press release
party.  A larger star -studded celebration will be held at the Cannon 
Center in Memphis on  November 29, 2012. 
Photograph courtesy of Glenn Goodman

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jim Dickinson's Legacy Thrives....


From The Memphis Flyer (10.4.12):

"Best Band
 North Mississippi Allstars

More than a decade into their run, the North Mississippi Allstars —
brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, with bassist Chris Chew —
are better and more popular than ever. The trio's most recent album,
Keys to the Kingdom — a tribute to the brothers' late father,
Jim Dickinson — saw the band's command of a sound that
encompasses hill-country boogie, gutbucket blues, New Orleans
soul, and Delta gospel at an all-time high. Touring demands make
their local gigs rare these days, but that also makes them more
special when they come around."

Enjoy Keys to the Kingdom,

Thus does Jim Dickison's legacy continue to thrive.  Not only has
NMA been chosen Memphis' best band for the third year in a row,
but Jim's own 2006 live record "I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone,"  is
in the TOP TEN on SiriusXM  radio.

"World boogie is coming!"