North Mississippi Allstars: I'd Love to Be a Hippy
I'd Love To Be a Hippy
North Mississippi Allstars
Hernando (Songs of the South Records SOTS-006)
Luther Dickinson (guitar), Cody Dickinson (drums), Chris Chew (bass, vocals), East Memphis Slim (piano).
Composed by Champion Jack Dupree, with additional lyrics by Jim Dickinson.
Recorded: Coldwater, Mississippi, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
When the "youngsters" in this band first hit the scene, they gained credibility through close ties with Mississippi blues legends such as R.L. Burnside and Otha Turner. But Burnside and Turner are now deceased, and the kids in the band have grown up. And, in truth, they have inherited the role of elder statesmen - the All-Stars now serve as the most prominent exponents of the North Mississippi blues tradition. But will this installment of the NMA stay together now that Luther Dickinson is touring and recording with the Black Crowes? Will down-home blues still have the same appeal as strutting the big stage with a rock outfit that has sold more than 20 million records? Let's hope so. This is the band that is best equipped to attract and grow the next generation of blues lovers. They somehow manage to sound young and contemporary and deep-in-the-tradition at the same time. Who else could take Champion Jack Dupree's "I'd Love to Be a Hippy" and make hippies happenin' all over again? On CD after CD, the NMA continue to remind us how much fun blues can be. Let's hope they keep spreading the news.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia