“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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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):