Do It Like We Used to Do

Do It Like We Used to Do

by North Mississippi Allstars
     
 
Although they may mix elements of hip-hop, metal, and alternative rock into their repertoire, the North Mississippi Allstars are really a power blues trio whose members lean heavily on the kind of Mississippi folk-blues numbers they learned firsthand from the likes of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and

Overview

Although they may mix elements of hip-hop, metal, and alternative rock into their repertoire, the North Mississippi Allstars are really a power blues trio whose members lean heavily on the kind of Mississippi folk-blues numbers they learned firsthand from the likes of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Othar Turner, an approach that has given the NMA a solid grounding in local blues history as well as a solid sense of place, and by understanding and embracing the local North Mississippi modal drone approach, the Allstars have inherited a perfect springboard into a loose, ragged, but powerfully tight sound that somehow manages to seem both reverently traditional and completely contemporary at the same time. This set chronologically collects live highlights of the band's first ten years together over the course of two discs and adds a third DVD disc that documents the band's history. It's powerful stuff, rocking like Mississippi thunder and then turning as delicate as Mississippi rain at times, and in many ways, this might be the best release from the band yet, particularly since it captures the NMA in their natural habitat -- live and on fire. Highlights abound, including a wonderful version of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "I'm in Jail," a stark take on the NMA original "Sugartown," and an eye-opening stomp through J.B. Lenoir's wry "Down in Mississippi," but the best of all is a quick, blisteringly ragged version of Charley Patton's "Mississippi Boll Weevil Blues." Stripped down and raw, it thunders along on Cody Dickinson's drums, throwing dynamics to the wind until the end, when it winds wistfully away on Luther Dickinson's slide guitar work. It's a wonderful rendition, and it reestablishes the past in the present without doing damage to either, a balancing act that the NMA do as well as anyone currently on the rock or blues scenes. This set will burn your house down. Guaranteed.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2009
Label:
Songs Of The South
UPC:
0800314900320
catalogNumber:
14900
Rank:
46764

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

North Mississippi Allstars   Primary Artist
Kurt Clayton   Keyboards
James Luther Dickinson   Keyboards,Vocals
Duwayne Burnside   Guitar,Vocals
Kelley Hurt   Vocals
Cody Dickinson   Guitar,Washboard
Paul Taylor Choristers   Bass,Washtub Bass

Technical Credits

Champion Jack Dupree   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Charley Patton   Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
James Luther Dickinson   Composer,Liner Notes
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Tim Powell   Engineer
Dawn Hopkins   Engineer
Kevin Houston   Engineer
North Mississippi Allstars   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Michael "Mick" Wilson   Engineer
Steve Malcolm   Composer
Cody Dickinson   Composer
Cody Burnside   Composer
John Pelaez "Digger"   Engineer
Larry Brown   Liner Notes
Christopher Luther   Liner Notes
R.L. Boyce   Composer
Mike Konokas   Engineer
Brian Neubauer   Engineer
Preston Foster   Composer
Otha Turner   Composer

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