Onward and Upward

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Three days after the death of legendary musician and producer Jim Dickinson, his son, Luther Dickinson, gathered friends at the family Zebra Ranch studio in Independence, MS, and recorded Onward and Upward, an album of gospel songs, hymns, and blues spirituals, tracking directly to half-inch tape with no overdubs or embellishments, and the result was a no-frills and intimate testament of grief and renewal. Luther, long a member of the North Mississippi Allstars and also currently a member of the Black Crowes, dubbed the ad hoc group the Sons of Mudboy, a reference to his father's influential band Mudboy and the Neutrons. On hand were two original members of the Neutrons, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Three days after the death of legendary musician and producer Jim Dickinson, his son, Luther Dickinson, gathered friends at the family Zebra Ranch studio in Independence, MS, and recorded Onward and Upward, an album of gospel songs, hymns, and blues spirituals, tracking directly to half-inch tape with no overdubs or embellishments, and the result was a no-frills and intimate testament of grief and renewal. Luther, long a member of the North Mississippi Allstars and also currently a member of the Black Crowes, dubbed the ad hoc group the Sons of Mudboy, a reference to his father's influential band Mudboy and the Neutrons. On hand were two original members of the Neutrons, Sid Selvidge (guitar, vocals) and Jimmy Crosthwait (washboard, vocals), along with Jimbo Mathus (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Steve Selvidge (guitar, Dobro, vocals), Paul Taylor (washtub bass), and vocalist Shannon McNally. The album itself is essentially a musical wake, a way to both honor and say goodbye to Jim Dickinson in the one way he would most certainly want, and it is full of muted gems like the gently sad opener, "Let It Roll" (which Luther wrote that day), a haunting version of "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning," and "Back Back Train," among others. Onward and Upward emerges as a moving tribute, an emotional goodbye, and an honest, loving photograph of a moment in time, a moment when music reaches past entertainment to become the very heart of the matter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Memphis Int'l
  • UPC: 823862002322
  • Catalog Number: 223
  • Sales rank: 98,985

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Dickinson Primary Artist, Track Performer
Sid Selvidge Track Performer
Jim Crosthwait Track Performer
Steve Selvidge Track Performer
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus Track Performer
Shannon McNally Track Performer
Paul "Snoflake" Taylor Track Performer
Technical Credits
Sid Selvidge Arranger
Jim Crosthwait Arranger
James Luther Dickinson Liner Notes, Producer, Cover Photo
John Fry Mastering
Larry Nix Mastering
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus Arranger
Kevin Houston Engineer
Traditional Composer
Luther Dickinson Arranger, Composer
David Less Producer, Author
Brooke Barnett Cover Design
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