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North Mississippi AllStars will bring Hill Country boogie to Crawfish Fest

COURTESY COAST COLISEUM 
 North Mississippi Allstars
COURTESY COAST COLISEUM North Mississippi Allstars

Guitarist Luther Dickinson has dedicated his life to preserving the rich musical heritage of the Mississippi Hill Country, the region that spawned legends like RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jackson County native Otha Turner, who has called Como home for many years.

Dickinson has carved out his own niche in the Hill Country music scene with the North Mississippi AllStars, the band he started with his brother Cody more than 20 years ago.

The AllStars will bring their signature brand of Hill Country boogie to Biloxi at 7:45 p.m. Sunday as the headliners for the fourth day of the 24th annual Crawfish Music Festival at the Coast Coliseum.

The date is one of a handful the band will play before joining Los Lobos and Tedeschi Trucks Band on the Wheels of Soul Tour.

The brothers Dickinson also are putting the finishing touches on their latest studio album.

"This album is going to be great," Luther Dickinson said in an interview with the Sun Herald. "It's just the two of us and it's going to be bad ...."

Luther Dickinson also recently released his solo album "Blues and Ballads: A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes 1&2."

A collection of acoustic songs recorded with friends such as Jimbo Mathus, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Amy LaVere, "Blues and Ballads," he said, has been a labor of love.

"It's something I've been thinking about for two years," he said. "I started differentiating between the Hill Country repertoire and my original songs, and for the most part, I find it's best to keep them separate. The AllStars are so much more a powerful thing to concentrate on the regional repertoire -- that's a pretty powerful thing and it was really freeing in a way."

He said his brother has been very supportive of the conscious separation.

"Cody was the one that suggested that I do this," he said.

The album was recorded at various spots including Sun Records Studio in Memphis.

"The whole record was just something I wanted to do with friends and family," he said. "I find that the more casually and honestly I record, the more people like it, which is an interesting realization as a record producer."

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