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North Mississippi Allstars

Keys to the Kingdom

Songs of the South
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February 1, 2011

Click to listen to North Mississippi All Stars' "Hear The Hills" and "This A'Way"

Deep roots, improvising valor and live-Cream brawn come easily to this trio. Catching it all in the studio has been harder, like juggling snakes and feral cats. Singer-guitarist Luther Dickinson, his drumming brother, Cody, and bassist Chris Chew come close here by lacing hard stuff like "New Orleans Walkin' Dead" with a spare fireside tension in the closing good time "Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven" and a spectral version of Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" that truly takes the song down South.

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