“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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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Down In Mississippi by Jim Dickinson

His life was short but his art is long. Jim Dickinson's legacy thrives in Mike McCarthy's splendid video shoot at the Zebra Ranch, home of Jim's dream with Jimmy Crosthwait packing a gun, the pretty girls prancing around the flaming cross. "Down in Mississippi."  Who's that lovin' on Jim? You'll have to see it to believe it.

R.I.P. dear husband, knowing your legacy lives on. - MLD

Monday, November 4, 2013


Jim's legacy carries on with a huge event for his upcoming book, Search for Blind Lemon. 17,000 words from his memoir will be excerpted in the December issue of the Oxford American magazine. This is the music edition of the magazine featuring Tennessee music, including Jim's song off DIXIE FRIED, "The Judgement." The issue will be available on discerning newsstands December 5. It will come with a Tennessee music double-CD. If anyone subscribes before then, they'll receive the music issue (winter 2013) as their first of four issues in 2014. This is a great literary magazine- best I've ever read, thanks to the editor, Roger Hodge and a great staff. (Thanks, Max). You can subscribe here: