“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, July 26, 2013

Here's a video of Jojo Hermann from Widespread Panic and Luther and Cody playing on the band "Missing Cats" tour.  Cody says that Jojo is frank about Jim teaching him to play keyboards when Jim was producing Jojo's original group, Beanland, at Sounds Unreal Studio in Memphis.   It is refreshing to hear how much Jojo sounds like Jim playing piano.  His joy in pounding out those rock 'n' roll eighth notes is the same as Jim's.  This video is reminiscent of the last verse of the song Luther wrote for his dad called "Ain't no Grave" on North Mississippi Allstar's  record, "Keys to the Kingdom:'
"If I had my way, he's be here today, sit down at the piano and play...."  

Jim wrote in his Last Words,  " As long as the music lingers, I'll be there." 

Listen and enjoy as Jim's legacy lives on....

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