“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, 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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