“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 20, 2014

John Fry - Ardent Studio founder

Memphis lost another great one this week - John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios.

19th December 2014

John Fry, founder of the world-class, world-famous Ardent Studios in Memphis, and the genial, self-effacing mentor of cult act Big Star died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 69. Alec Palao pays his respects.

JOHN FRY was a one-off. To be sure, in the annals of Memphis popular music there are similarly important personages - Sam Phillips, Jim Stewart, Chips Moman to name but three – and Fry stood as tall as any of them. He was a true gent, without one iota of the high maintenance ways peculiar to the recording industry. Anyone who ever met John could only be struck by his warmth, generosity and genuine nature. Cordial but never stand-offish, at times he resembled that one teacher you might have actually liked at school, who was willing to share what they know with you, and is completely encouraging along with it. Someone who simply makes you want to learn from them.

What John Fry had to share was a tremendous expertise in the art of capturing sound. Graduates from the Ardent School of engineering include Terry Manning, Richard Rosebrough, John Hampton (RIP) and of course Chris Bell, along with many others who benefited from absorbing his innate attention to detail, as well as the unprecedented opportunity to use the Ardent facilities after-hours to experiment. Fry could recognize the qualities within an individual whether they fit the accepted mould of the music business or not. Hence Memphis maverick Jim Dickinson’s tenure as house engineer at the studio’s interim National location, or Fry’s careful yet hands-offs stewardship of Big Star, from their inception as Icewater / Rock City to the act’s dour denouement on their third album. Indeed, Big Star’s career is symptomatic of the Memphis/Ardent paradox. Here was one of the most impeccably maintained recording facilities in the United States, yet its own roster was frequently at odds with the accepted methods of producing records, both technically and artistically. Ultimately this dichotomy is testament to the far-sightedness and passion of John Fry, who was young enough to identify with the excitement that overtook rock in the mid-60s, yet smart and caring enough to harness it in such a classy and dedicated manner, allied to a magnanimity rarely spotted in that era.

An avid radio and technophile at an early age, John built his first studio in the late 1950s in “Grannys sewing room” at the back of his house on Grandview in Memphis. He and his partners recorded and released a handful of records intermittently on Ardent over the next few years, including great items by the Ole Miss Downbeats and Lawson & Four More, while studying electronics at college and then running a radio station in Arkansas. Fry opened the first proper Ardent studio on National Street in the late spring of 1966, and soon was busy with the surfeit of work that other local studios could not handle, including jingle and advertising dates, and crucially, Stax overflow sessions. Ardent soon got a reputation for its technical quality, and while the company continued to produce masters to pitch to other companies, it was not until 1971 and a move to the custom-built facility at 2000 Madison Avenue, where the studio resides today, that the Ardent label was reborn with distribution by Stax. Big Star, Cargo and the Hot Dogs constituted their small catalogue, none of whom were successful at the time, but the powerful legacy of Big Star – as much in part to the sonic quality of the recordings as perhaps anything else – has made Ardent a name known around the world. And from around the globe, musicians, fans and aficionados have beaten a path to Ardent over the years, whether to avail themselves of its impeccable facilities, or simply just walk those hallowed halls.

For almost fifteen years, I have been making regular visits there, initially to go through the Ardent label’s own small yet fascinating catalogue for “Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story”. Compiling that set was not only ear-opening but also quite clear evidence of not only John’s technical but his leadership abilities. Working on further Big Star, Alex Chilton and Chris Bell projects afforded me some remarkable insights into the real lessons Fry instilled in his engineers, as well as perhaps his own greatest skill – that of a mixer. Jim Dickinson in particular had alerted me to this aspect of Fry’s brilliance and what he had told me was one hundred per cent borne out by the recorded evidence. Throw the faders up on the multi-tracks for Third and you get a dissonant mess of alternating rhythms and strings battling with feedback; John Fry balanced it all with a clarity and nuance that is still, to this day, breathtaking. I spent many, many pleasurable hours discussing audio technique with John, and he was as open with his knowledge and opinion as he might well have been with any of his Ardent “students.” Though he rarely engineered after the 1970s – preferring to tend to business, as well as evolving into a cheerleader for Memphis music in general - with these reissues, John did some of his last remixing, such was his dedication to making sure the legacy remained true. One of the biggest compliments I have ever received in my professional career is when John mentioned he would actually prefer we used a couple of mixes I had done for a Chris Bell set.

Whenever Dean Rudland, Tony Rounce and I hit Memphis on behalf of Ace, Ardent is always our first stop, thanks to the studio’s handy midtown location, the always warm welcome and not least, its incredibly high and reliable standards. I got in the habit of schlepping master tapes from both Nashville and Muscle Shoals – two locations not exactly without their own recording facilities - to do the transfers at Ardent, simply because I knew I could get it right with a minimum of fuss. Though he never could be drawn to actually engineer a session, a particularly fun and incredibly instructive moment at Ardent occurred when John was persuaded to set up the drum mics in Studio C, on the one occasion I have been able actually record as a musician at the studio, with my pal Matt Piucci of the Rain Parade. Resident engineer Adam Hill and I were agog watching how he placed the microphone for the floor tom about three feet behind, to the right of the drum stool. The recorded results spoke for themselves (of course it didn’t hurt that the drum kit - the same one heard on ‘September Gurls’ and “Third” – was being played by its owner, Big Star’s Jody Stephens, Ardent Studios manager and a fantastic fellow in his own right). Oh yes, and Matt used Chris Bell’s Gibson 335. It was a true Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp.

On a more serious note. I’m not really a T-shirt type of guy, but for some reason yesterday morning I had decided to put on a blue shirt emblazoned with the iconic 1970s “mod globe” 70s Ardent logo, that had been a Christmas gift from Ardent in years past, and in doing so reminded myself that I ought to give John a ring to wish him the compliments of the season. He’d left a message with a similar Thanksgiving greeting a few weeks earlier and when I returned the call, he wound up our chat in typical fashion with a folksy, southern-accented “well, good deal”. That was John – always within easy reach and unerringly gracious and supportive. Receiving the news of his passing just a couple of hours later was thus eerie, and really quite upsetting. John Fry taught me so much, but most of all he showed me how you can maintain in this business with grace and humility. Thank you, friend.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jim Dickinson: The Man Behind the Console (Trailer)

Robert Allen Parker and Nan Hackman did a great job on their short documentary film, "The Man Behind the Console," about Jim Dickinson's life as a music producer. The film won the Hometowner award for Best Short Documentary at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The only problem with the film is that there needed to be more of it! Good job, Robert and Nan. The Dickinson family thanks you.

Trailer: Jim Dickinson: The Man Behind the Console from Meanwhile in Memphis on Vimeo.

The Replacements - Alex Chilton on The Tonight Show

Back in September, The Replacements appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and played "Alex Chilton" from their 1987 release, Pleased To Meet Me, produced by Jim at Ardent Studios. Of course, another link to the song is Jim's involvement with Big Star's album, Third, featuring Alex Chilton.

Another factoid related to the Pleased To Meet Me album - a teenage Luther Dickinson plays guitar on one of the tracks ("Shooting Dirty Pool"). Luther tells a great story about the lyrics and being in the studio with The Replacements.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Check out Luther Dickinson in the Cellar Sessions - ONE on ONE at the City Winery in NYC, recorded this week. Jim would be so proud!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

People's Choice Video Award Winner!

Barry Shankman became the randomly selected by computer winner out of all who "liked" and "shared" the "Wild Horses" video. It was computer magic because Barry is a musician, producer, studio owner with whom Jim collaborated back in the days of wild and wooly Barbarian Records. Here is his wonderful take on Jim's playing on "Wild Horses."

"Jim Dickinson's Legacy... James Luther Dickinson & The Rolling Stones. Jim's great artistic abilities not only as a musician Piano Player but always thinking as a producer can be known by listening to his work on 'Wild Horses’ with the Rolling Stones. Hear how his left hand never over- plays the bass yet is right there in the groove, complementing the kick & snare- adding his own style to a band with such a strong style of its own; while his right hand brings that strong slow but driving lick that makes 'Wild Horses' such a uniquely different Stones’ tune.Part of Jim's legacy is this talent. If one listens one can hear his technique as a producer in what he plays and most importantly, in the space he leaves between the notes, so the music can breathe. That allows it a life that expresses the talent of those he is working with as well as his talent in influencing the song’s direction. On the 'Wild Horses' session Jim taught me how he played his part by what he played and did not play. Even today I hear him in the track influencing the sound and touching how I listen to and produce music. This just goes to show how great he was. 'Wild, wild horses- we’ll ride them someday.' Thank you, James Luther Dickinson from all of us who are touched by your talent & ability. 'Let's all get Dixie Fried' & 'World Boogie is coming!' Jim Dickinson's Legacy lives on..."

Congratulations, Barry, and thank you to everyone that participated in this fun contest.

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Jim Dickinson's Legacy People's Choice Video Award

We are excited to announce the Winner of the Jim Dickinson's Legacy People's Choice Video Award. It is the video of Jim playing with the Rolling Stones. Out of 11 video's 114 people liked it, 54 people shared it, and it reached 5730 people. (For comparison, the announcement of the contest was liked by 21 people, shared by 3 people, and reached by 593 people).

The winner of the prize will be announced later. He was chosen by a computer program and is a most appropriate individual. I was amazed by the insight he showed as he wrote about his reaction to watching Jim and Keith Richards IN THE MOVIE, "GIMME SHELTER" and listening to Jim playing with the Rolling Stones and taking the piano solo. Stay tuned for more about the winner. This message below I wrote him describing the prize he won:

"The pic of Jim on the Dickinson carriage (not grave) stone is from "Dixie Fried," Jim's first record, which is being re-released next year. You'll get this version with six extra tracks! You'll also get his masterpiece, "Beale Street Saturday Night" which is being re-released and will come out next spring. "I'm Just Dead" is GREAT! It is Jim playing with NMA and Jimmy Davis at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street- released posthumously. "Dinosaurs Walk in Circles" is Jim's last recording. It's awesome! It is a jazz record, including "When You Wish Upon A Star," which he had never before played until this recording. You'll hear Jim learning the song as he's being recorded. it's heartbreakingly good. The essay you wrote about listening to Jim play with the Rolling Stones proves you will understand this cut in a way that few people could.

"You'll have Jim's first and last records, his masterpiece, him playing with his sons, and last but not least, a surprise- a record of Jim's the likes of which you've never heard!!! 5 cds in all. How would this be?"

Saturday, September 6, 2014

CONTEST VIDEO #11 - Final Contest Video

This recording of Jim, Luther, Cody, Paul Taylor, and the big man in the hat, Jim Spake, playing "You Made Your Move Too Soon" puts a big smile on my face.  It's one of the few songs Jim performed that he modified the lyrics to fit his life.

This song "pretty much wraps it up, ties it so to speak," says Jim.

(At first it's about two star-crossed lovers….)

"Freezing snow out in Birmingham,
Thought you might wonder baby where I am,
I dialed your number all night long,
No consolation on the telephone.
So I went on out I call it midnight,
A little love makes everything all right.
Landlord said, 'You moved away.  Left me
With all of your bills to pay.'
I gotta tell you, Baby I think you kinda made your move too soon."

(But a little irony slips in….)

"You left me stranded with a Bingo card
Down in Tunica where they just ain't got a heart.
I ran it up to about fifty grand,
Cashed it and held it in the palm of my hand…"

(What?  This guy's not a loser after all!)

"That kinda news really gets around,
Tends to make a lost lover come up found
Here you come at my door,
You ain't living here with me no more.
You made your move too soon
You vacated the premises prematurely"

(Jim triumphs!)

Luther takes a rousing solo.

Jim introduces the band,
"Not because I don't think you know who they are but because we have a short set. We haven't rehearsed and we haven't played together for a year and a half, but it really is fun to play with this particular aggregation in this particular situation, as it were…"

(After he finishes with the band, Jim introduces himself in the last verse….)

"As for me….

'I've been from Memphis down to Mexico,
Orange Mound to Ontario.
I'm not the type to make the news,
I'm just a country boy likes to play the blues.
I takes my liquor with me everywhere and
If you don't like it, child, I really don't care.
The towns come up, my friends fall down,
They love to see us when we roll into town.
We never make a move too soon….'"

You notice at the end of the song there are only a few people clapping.  Jim liked it that way.  He told me, "I love it when people walk out.  It means the ones who are left are serious!" If you're still here and reading this, listening to the tune, you are serious and like me, happy because Jim is "just dead. He's not gone."  Thanks for sticking around.  You're the best.

Visit the Jim Dickinson's Legacy Facebook page to vote for your favorite video! One entry for each Like and one entry for each Share! This is the final video and the last chance to become part of the contest before we select the People's Choice Award and select a winner from all those that voted and shared that video!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Jim always said, "The best songs don't get recorded and the best recordings don't get released."   "Rumble" is a special case, the exception to the rule.  It's a great song recorded in moments of time stolen from other sessions by artist/producer Jim Dickinson and his co-conspirator, Barbarian Record Company owner, Jim Blake. 

"We went to every studio in Memphis and every musician we were working with played on it - the likes of Sid Selvidge, bass player Tommy McClure, Jim Lancaster, Richard Roseborough, Jimmy Crosthwait, Fred Ford, and many others. Lee Baker took a distinctive 'chicken scratching' solo. That's Danny Graflund screaming, 'NEET NEET!'" said Blake.  "We worked for free because we knew it was important.  It took four or five years. We went to Ardent for their orchestra chimes.  A fraternity brother of mine from college was running a car lot/garage behind the original Sun Studio which was run down and empty.   He said we could use the building but there wasn't any electricity.  Someone who shall remain nameless broke the seal on the Memphis utility Light, Gas and Water meter box and turned it upside down.  Presto, electricity.  That was big time illegal.  A topless dancer shook her money maker on the hood of a car because Jim wanted her to."

"Cops patrolled the street and never even noticed us," laughed Dickinson.

On another session, a Memphis motorcycle outlaw named Campbell Kinsinger stole the show.  Jim had him bring his Harley into Dan Penn's studio, Beautiful Sounds, a tiny outback building in Mid-town.  Jim wanted the gleaming silver and black hog to play the song itself, with the deep bass rumble of the growly Harley motor keeping time. To make this happen Campbell whipped out a long screwdriver and retarded the spark of the motor, slowing down the pulsing of the engine until it was playing in sync with the music.  Dickinson described the scene, "By the time the session was over, the air was blue with carbon monoxide and the motorcycle was shooting flames a foot long out of its tail pipes."

The noise at the end of "Rumble" is a recording of the first explosion of the atom bomb.

 "Rumble" reeks of danger.  Kick back, pour yourself a gin, and take a listen.  You ain't heard nuttin' yet.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Luther - Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven

Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven performed by Luther Dickinson from a few years ago - seems appropriate as we acknowledge 5 years since Jim passed. #justdeadnotgone

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


This is Jim's last performance with Mudboy and the Neutrons. Jim's performances were always "for the ages" as is seen in this video. "Hitler Lives" couldn't be more timely.  Vintage Jim and his humor- he was cracking his own band up.  Notice the guitar solo by Sid's son, Steve Selvidge.  The lineup is Jimmy Crosthwait, Sid Selvidge, Jim Dickinson, Steve Selvidge, and Paul Taylor on tub bass.  Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


This video of Jim’s signature song, “Down In Mississippi,” features a cut that was recorded for his album, Free Beer Tomorrow, but never released except on an Oxford American magazine compilation. The video was conceived, directed and produced by Mike McCarthy, Memphis’ own Film Cult King. Director of such underground classics as TEENAGE TUPELO and CIGARETTE GIRL, Mike is known to be “passionate about the region he lives in, and the history, and how to honor and preserve that history…,” as director Craig Brewer described him.

This work of Mike's honoring and preserving Jim’s uniquely Southern artistry began one chilly afternoon when Jim answered the phone and Mike said, “Jim, I’ve noticed you don’t have a video of you and your music, so I’m going to make one for you.” What an adventure filming it was, horses, barefoot girls dancing around Jim in the icy mud, Jimmy Crosthwait's sinister. menacing presence cradling a Civil War era rifle, the half naked girl wearing the Confederate bra, the flaming cross.... This you've got to see.

Thank you, Mike. Jim’s legacy thanks you. This video is a labor of love and a gift to us all. Jim’s song and Mike’s vision take us deep into a world that never was.

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

(With thanks to Greg Akers and the MEMPHIS FLYER)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Some fans may have seen this clip from the Maysel Brothers’ film of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 tour called “Gimme Shelter-” of Jim sitting with Keith Richards in the control room of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, listening to the just mixed playback of “Wild Horses,” on which Jim is playing tack piano; but few of you have read Jim’s hilarious account of the set-up of the shoot. This is from Jim’s unpublished memoir, “The Search for Blind Lemon.” Sit back, put some gin in your glass. Enjoy.

“As they mixed, I couldn’t help notice the Maysel Brothers setting up two light trees pointing at the control room window from the tracking side of the glass. Available light was lacking. My vast theatrical training at Baylor Theatre led me to realize that whatever they shot with lights had more chance of making it to film. I studied the situation.
Nobody was on the big back couch where Charlie had been hiding. The lights and the camera aimed directly at it. I had the last joint. Keith knew it. As they worked on “Wild Horses,” I put the joint behind my ear and sat on the couch. Keith joined me. The light came on. Tape and camera began to roll. I was in the movie.
Two shots from the Muscle Shoals session survive in Gimme Shelter:
a shot of Mick and Jimmy Johnson behind the mixing console and the shot of Keith and me on the couch, our eyes closed during the “Wild Horses” play back. Thank you, Baylor Theatre.”

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Thursday, July 3, 2014



In Contest Video #5 during the filming of "Li'l Art's Texas Bar-B-Q" broadcast from SXSW in Austin, we heard Jim telling Art, Huey, and Joe Nick about remembering a world before rock 'n' roll. He said he tried to make young musicians imagine what this was like. But as we hear in Contest Video #6, the Cramps didn't heed historical schooling. Lux Interior and Poison Ivy were building our musical future as they recorded their debut- a new genre near and dear to Jim's heart- PUNK! You can hear the crazed excitement and joy in his voice as Jim sings.

"Jim Dickinson & the Cramps- Red Headed Woman (Big Beat, recorded 1977, released 1981, at Sun Studio while the Cramps were recording the tracks for the Gravest Hits EP).

I have pretty much written what I have to say about Jim in the earlier postings, but let me reiterate, we'll never see another one like Jim Dickinson, he is one of immortals." (Thanks to The Hound Blog)

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jim Dickinson's greatest living legacy: Luther and Cody playing "Meet Me in the City"

Here we're celebrating Jim Dickinson's greatest living legacy:
Luther and Cody playing "Meet Me in the City" leading up to their performance at the Glastonbury Festival in England, June 29, 2014- wet and wild!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Described as a "well known scenster" in L.A. from the '70's, Art Fein long had a bizzare cable-access show with top musicians.

On January 18, 1984 Art began Art Fein's Poker Party, which evolved from real poker games and ran for an amazing 1,080 shows featuring the likes of  young Dwight Yokam, before he was signed to Warner Bros. Chris Issak, performing an acoustic Wicked Game just before it broke big.  Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The Stray Cats, covering Mystery Train A bizzare interview with Brian Wilson. Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper, doing, well whatever it is they do. There was a set by a very young Luther and Cody Dickinson and Paul Taylor of DDT.  Here's a clip of Jim jiving with Art, the late great Louisiana record man, Huey Meaux, and rock 'n roll writer/ manager extraordinaire, Joe Nick Patoski.  (with thanks to Metal Filter)

World boogie is coming!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


The New Beale Street Sheiks! If I let you get away with it once, ...

Click on the picture to play the video!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014


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Sunday, June 1, 2014


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A Jim Dickinson Celebration Contest!

From now until the fifth anniversary of Jim’s passing on August 15, we will post two videos per week featuring the music, production and thoughts of Jim.

Here’s how the fans of Jim Dickinson's Legacy can participate in the contest – if you like a video, LIKE the post of the video on Facebook (  On August 15, we’ll celebrate Jim’s life work by identifying the video that receives the most votes.  All Facebook users that voted for the video with the most likes will be entered in a drawing for the winner of the People’s Choice Award Prize!  Yes, there will be a prize!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Take Me To The River' -2014 SXSW 24 Beats Per Second Audience Choice Award

photo courtesy of Tom Lonardo

In his Last Words, Jim Dickinson wrote:  "... I will not be gone as long as the music lingers. I have gladly given my life to Memphis music and it has given me back a hundredfold ...”

Jim Dickinson’s Legacy lives on through the work of his sons, Luther and Cody.  Yesterday, Luther’s new record “Rock ‘n Roll Blues” was released.  It is music soaked with the spirit of his musical ancestors.  Cody’s movie “Take Me To The River” had its world premiere showing at the SXSW 2014 Film Festival. 

“The city of Memphis was a big winner at SXSW. Cody and Martin Shore's movie 'Take Me To The River' won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Choice Award at the festival. This irresistible film celebrates the spirit of Memphis, two races combining in an explosion of creativity recording the music that changes the world. 'Take Me to the River' celebrates the thrill of these musicians through the generations as they perform, rejoice and love one another.”

Cody Dickinson wrote, "My father's influence and memory can be felt throughout 'Take Me to the River.'  I clearly made the film to honor him."

To read Jim’s complete Last Words, please visit the Zebra Ranch on line:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SXSW: Luther Dickinson - 'Rock 'n Roll Blues'

During the week long events at the South by Southwest music conference, Luther Dickinson showcased his forthcoming solo album, "Rock 'n Roll Blues", set for release on March 18.  "Rock 'n Roll Blues" is the second solo album from Luther Dickinson, following the release of  Grammy nominated "Hambone's Meditations" in 2012.

Ray Wylie Hubbard may have described "Rock 'n Roll Blues" best following a session he and Luther did for SiriusXM Radio:

"Now being with Luther Dickinson gives me hope for the future of music. There is an aura about him of deep commitment to honoring the blues musicians who came before and he shares not only his Hill Country Mississippi roots but also his own soul with only the sound of a piece of glass on the strings of a guitar. He is for sure rock and roll blues... and that's the name of his new record coming out next week."

The album is being heralded around the web:

All Music (4 stars):
"Though Rock 'n Roll Blues is autobiographical in nature, it's actually much bigger. Dickinson goes outside himself as music evokes the spirits of earlier generations and the earth that bore them."

American Songwriter (3.5 stars):
"In this climate of over produced, slicked up Americana, Dickinson’s dialed down approach is charming, rustic, uncluttered and delivered with the honesty of a guy who wouldn’t know how to do it any other way."

Order your copy (release date 3/18/2014):

Monday, February 24, 2014

Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me Documentary

 A big part of Jim Dickinson's legacy is the album he produced on the seminal band Big Star, called
Big Star Third: Sister Lovers.  All three of the Big Star records were included in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Best Records Of All Time.

View the trailer below for the great new movie: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.

For more information, check out  Enjoy!  And don't miss seeing the movie in theaters near you or on Netflix.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

IBC - Search For Blind Lemon Reading by Mary Lindsay Dickinson - Jan. 24, 2014

The iconic Memphis store on Beale Street, A.Schwab  (where Jim went to Christmas shop) welcomed the International Blues Competition with a reading and presentation by Mary Lindsay Dickinson from Jim's memoir Search for Blind Lemon  on January 24, 2014.  Miles Mueller said about the reading:  "There are pictures and explanations of a time when rock 'n' roll music was being born in Memphis. Without this peek behind the curtain, no one can ever understand where we are today."  

 photo courtesy of Amy Brat

Here are four friends after the show with Richard Rosenblatt (from way back during the days of the North Mississipi' Allstar's first record release.  Richard helmed Tone Cool Records which launched "Shake Hands with Shorty" to a Grammy nomination.  Thanks, Richard.  Eric Schenkman is guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire with the Spin Doctors, Mary Lindsay Dickinson hugs BratGirlmedia's Amy Brat, who is anything but a brat with her sweet smile! Jim's son  Cody saw this pic and wrote from the road, "Four of my favorite people.  I'm missing all the fun in Memphis."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reading of Jim's Memoir on Beale Street

This is the first post of 2014 for Jim Dickinson’s Legacy blog.  It is way cool to be
welcoming folks from the International Blues Competition, who come to soak up the soul of Memphis and the blues music and musicians that we adore.  It is a thrill to announce that part of the festivities surrounding the IBC include a reading by Mary Lindsay Dickinson of excerpts from her late husband’s memoirs on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2pm, upstairs at A Schwab’s store on world- famous Beale Street.

The reading includes film, music, and pics from blues icons like the Memphis Jug Band, Bo Diddley, the Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, and Jim’s sons, Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.  You’ll witness the birth of rock’n’roll through the eyes of Jim, who enjoyed every minute of it, even though he had to miss meeting his friend Bob Dylan at Bonnaroo… but more about that later-

As the Austin Chronicle reported last March at South by Southwest celebrating a panel on Jim Dickinson, “Whether you realize it or not, Jim had been at the heart of rock & roll from its inception until his death at 67 in 2009. Musician on historic records – his piano is on the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" – and producer for countless more (Big Star'sThird, the Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me). 
The panel's title – called “I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone, his self-composed epitaph – emphasizes the truth that Dickinson always told, sometimes to his detriment.”