The punk-blues movement was born in the mid-'90s when the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion traveled to Mississippi to record R.L. Burnside's ASS POCKET O' WHISKEY. The recording was so in-your-face that many blues aficionados felt assaulted by the CD. Purists won't take to the North Mississippi Allstars' SHAKE HANDS WITH SHORTY either -- too bad because this 21st-century blues trio is as refreshing as a frosty beer on a steamy afternoon. The trio -- guitarist Luther and drummer Cody Dickinson (sons of producer Jim Dickinson)> and bassist Chris Chew -- pay proper homage to Burnside's influence by opening with one of the guitarist's signature tunes, "Shake 'em on Down," more rockin' but less raunchy than the original. From there the band takes off through Cream territory with stops at jug band ease and Hendrix-like psychedelia. Luther Dickinson's impressive guitar work moves from a raging rock solo on "Drop Down Mama" to mesmerizing Burnside-styled picking on "Po' Black Maddie" and crystal-clear bottleneck slide on "Drinkin' Muddy Water." Mississippi neighbors Cedric and Garry Burnside, Otha Turner (whose much-lauded CD EVERYBODY HOLLERIN' GOAT was produced by Luther), and blues guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart are among the host of artists who sit in, but the set still has a lean, lanky feel throughout. By the time SHAKE HANDS WITH SHORTY ends with the extended> jam "All Night Long," the listener not only feels like he has pumped the hands of everybody in the juke joint but also has had way too much whiskey and danced himself into a major sweat.
Performance CreditsNorth Mississippi Allstars Primary Artist
Garry Burnside Bass
Jim Crosthwait Washboard
Greg Humphreys Background Vocals
East Memphis Slim Piano
Steve Selvidge Guitar,Soloist
Alvin Youngblood Hart Guitar,Soloist
Stud Cole Background Vocals
Cedric Burnside Drums
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Chew Bass,Vocals
Luther Dickinson Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Cody Dickinson Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Sampling,Sampled Guitar
Harmony Four Background Vocals
Tate County Singers Background Vocals
Otha Turner Fife
Technical CreditsDiane Menyuk Graphic Design
Kevin Houston Engineer
Tracy Kane Graphic Design
Luther Dickinson Producer,Cover Photo
Cody Dickinson Producer
Larry Brown Liner Notes
Luther & Cody Dickinson Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shake Hands With Shorty based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
REACHES ACROSS ALL GENERATIONS. WON'T BE ABLE TO KEEP STILL. CREATIVE AND TALENTED! DON'T MISS THEM LIVE! YOU WON'T REGRET IT. YOU'LL BE SMILING ALL THE WAY HOME. IF THEY AREN'T AROUND, GET THE CD.
The Allstars have released a really impressive and refreshing blues album. Utilizing songs from many Fat Possum artists they have re-invigorated the often formulaic, cliched platform for soul-less guitar slingers and breathed new life and hope into the genre by delving deep in the real deal.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT..!!!!! GLAD I gotta little lissin, I'LL be playing it regularly on my Radio Show(''Cruizin' fora' Bluezin'' ),,,.....JUST AS SOON AS ITS available in AUSTRALIA.... YEEEEHHAAAAAARRRRRRR