Jim Dickinson, 'Dixie Fried'
Arkansas-born producer-pianist Jim Dickinson was a former Sun Records hand, a recent Rolling Stones sideman ("Wild Horses") and a member of the Dixie Flyers, an Atlantic Records house band at Criteria Studios in Miami, when a fellow session man, guitarist Duane Allman, advised him to go solo. Dixie Fried, released by Atlantic in 1972, made little impact at the time; it is now a recognized gem of soulful eccentricity and roots-music vision. Dickinson leads his compadres in the Flyers and friends from the Memphis underground in a rousing program of blues fisticuffs, rockabilly party and raw church that clearly points forward to his future studio work with Big Star, the Replacements, Bob Dylan and his sons in the North Mississippi All-Stars. "World boogie is coming": That's how Dickinson signed the notes he slipped into packages of new music that he often sent my way in the two decades before his passing in 2009. Dixie Fried was the initial broadside.