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North Mississippi Allstars

Jerry Rasmussen 16 Dec 06 - 06:06 PM
GUEST,Dani 16 Dec 06 - 10:38 PM
katlaughing 16 Dec 06 - 10:59 PM
katlaughing 16 Dec 06 - 11:20 PM
Roger the Skiffler 17 Dec 06 - 03:21 AM
Ernest 17 Dec 06 - 06:20 AM
GUEST,Dani 17 Dec 06 - 12:55 PM
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Subject: North Mississippi Allstars
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 06:06 PM

We got a HD television a couple of weeks ago, and I'm discovering all sorts of new (for me) music. Tonight, I happened to click on the TV, and here comes this young white kid... looks like he's in his twenties .. stolling out onto the stage. He picks up a cigar box, one string guitar and whips right in to Mississippi Boll Weavil, capturing all the feel of the Masked Marvel recording on the Anthology Of American Folk Music. The guitar was plugged in, and the group has a black electric bass player and a drummer. They call themselves the North Mississippi Allstars. Turns out, they must have been around a long time, as they have something like five albums out. I went right in, checked out Amazon.com and ordered one of their CDs... something about an electric watermelon. The first cut on the CD is Mississippi Boll Weavil, and I really wanted to have it.

Now, if electricity shocks you, they may not be the band for you, but how cool is it that some kid in his twenties, who comes off a little like John Fogarty, is making his own cigar box, one string guitar, playing it with a slide and sounding like the Masked Marvel recording.

Way cool, I'd say.

Anybody else heard of these guys?

This is an American thread (maybe we need a prefix, just so's you English Cats know we iz still around.)

Jerry


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 10:38 PM

OH yeah. Big fan! Glad they're getting around!

Electric washboard blew me away.

Dani


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 10:59 PM

WOW!! Thanks for the heads-up!

Here's the "listen" part of their website: CLICK.


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 11:20 PM

Here's one review from Amazon. I liked the song samples I found there, too!

Amazon.com
Blues revivalists? Jam band? Power trio? Psychedelic tripsters? Southern rockers? While previous releases have found the pride of North Mississippi exploring various manifestations of their musical identity, on Electric Blue Watermelon they pull everything together and bring their artistic progression full circle. While acknowledging the seminal influence of Delta bluesman Charley Patton ("Mississippi Bollweevil") and fife master Otha Turner ("Teasin' Brown," "Bounce Ball"), the album finds common spirit in contemporary hip-hop on "No Mo" and "Stompin' My Foot," with guest rapper Al Kapone helping the band bridge past and future. Lucinda Williams teams with guitarist Luther Dickinson for a playful duet on "Hurry Up Sunrise," while steel guitarist Robert Randolph and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band extend the album's aural palette. Over the course of almost seven and a half minutes, "Mean Ol' World Wind Down" takes the listener on a musical journey from fife-and-drum roots through Bo Diddley insistence to Allman Brothers expansiveness. No matter how far they extend their musical vistas, the Allstars are always bringing it all back home. --Don McLeese


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 03:21 AM

I have their record with Othar Turner: great stuff

RtS


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: Ernest
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 06:20 AM

Electic Washboard????

I pictured someone with a washing machine round his neck - but it was just a normal one... :0(


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 12:55 PM

Yep, strapped on, metallic and wired for sound!

Dani


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Subject: RE: North Mississippi Allstars
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 12:08 AM

Max just played them on the blues radio show he does on Sat. nights. reminded me of this thread and how much I liked them!


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