Six years ago, I walked into our home on the Zebra Ranch for the first time as a widow. The phone was ringing. I answered it. It was a reporter from Reuters, a world wide news organization. Jim had been dead a handful of hours. I couldn't believe the news had broken so fast. I hung up the phone in a daze after talking to the reporter. The second I put the phone down, it rang again. It was my niece from Florida, giving me her condolences for my loss. I was bewildered. It was the first inkling I had of the magnitude of Jim's fame. Since then James Luther Dickinson's legacy has spread. Cody dedicated the magnificent movie he conceived and produced (with his partner, Martin Shore), "Take me to the River," to his father, and played with Luther on the NMA CD that Luther mostly wrote, "Keys to the Kingdom." The music they play around the world keeps his legacy alive, proving his now famous last words, "I'm just dead, I'm not gone."
Surprise! The best is yet to come! That is a promise!
Meanwhile, an important man in the life of Luther and his family, the
Rector of Gray St. Luke's Episcopal church and school, was so touched by
Luther's songs in "Keys to the Kingdom," that he asked Luther to play
for the church these songs and tell how he came to write them. I do
believe this is the best, most transcendent playing that has ever come
out of Luther's guitar.
What do you think?
As Jim would say, "Sit back, relax, pour some whiskey in your glass. Enjoy"
World boogie is coming!