Killers from Space

Killers from Space

by James Luther Dickinson


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Killers from Space

Though billed to James Luther Dickinson, this is the same Southern roots rock musician who most rock fans know as multi-instrumentalist Jim Dickinson. He's the lead singer (and co-producer) on this record, but only wrote one of the dozen songs. The others were drawn from diverse sources like Doug Sahm, the Green on Red side project Howard Hughes' Brain, a member of his backup band, and several obscure songwriters who Dickinson's met and worked with in his various travels. Unsurprisingly, it's a stew of down-home blues, country, gospel, and R&B, though woven together in such a manner that makes it more easily classifiable as rock than as any of those specific genres. Dickinson's droll, irreverent humor is reflected in his delivery of some of the material, though some of it's also infused with a sense of wizened resignation (and, in some of the more romantically inclined tunes, desperation). Maybe it's because Dickinson's appearances as a Rolling Stones session man are his most well-known credits, but some of the tracks can't fail to bring to mind the Stones in their more subdued, even low-energy moods. That, however, highlights a difference between this and the Stones: that group has a master vocalist, and Dickinson's singing is only gruffly functional. Even though it's a solo album, it might have been better had a more expressive and supple singer been taking most or all of the leads, with Dickinson focusing on the multi-instrumentation and production that are his chief strengths.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Memphis Int'l
UPC: 0823862201725
catalogNumber: 620020
Rank: 87995

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Luther Dickinson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,French Harp
Johnny Reno   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Burroughs   Fiddle,Mandolin
Randy Haspel   Background Vocals
Brenda Patterson   Background Vocals
Ed Finney   Guitar
Jimmy Davis   Background Vocals
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Guitar
Shannon McNally   Background Vocals
Luther Dickinson   Guitar
Cody Dickinson   Drums
Chris Scruggs   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Greg Spradlin   Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Paul Taylor Choristers   Electric Bass,Chimes
Jessie Hammock   Background Vocals
Hoot Owls   Background Vocals
Jonathan Kirkscey   Cello

Technical Credits

Doug Sahm   Composer
Chuck Prophet   Composer
Jack Waterson   Composer
Augie Meyers   Composer
Chris Cacavas   Composer
James Luther Dickinson   Composer,Producer
Robert Hall   Drum Technician
Paul Hughes   Composer
John Hurley   Composer
Allan "Jake" Jacobs   Composer
Jim Lancaster   Composer
Frank Morin   Composer
Andrea "Bunky" Skinner   Composer
Joe Nick Patoski   Liner Notes
Kevin Houston   Engineer
David Less   Producer
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Tom Foster   Cover Illustration
Greg Spradlin   Composer

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