Jackson County

Sunday music shows: Luther Dickinson in Ocean Springs, Will Kimbrough in Pascagoula

Luther Dickinson will perform music inspired by the works of renowned Coast artist Walter Anderson on Sunday in Ocean Springs.
Luther Dickinson will perform music inspired by the works of renowned Coast artist Walter Anderson on Sunday in Ocean Springs. Courtesy Don VanCleave

Two of the most prolific singer-songwriters in the South will be performing in Jackson County on Sunday.

Will Kimbrough will cap off the Summer Sunday Showcase at the Grand Magnolia Listening Room in Pascagoula. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Kimbrough has long been a fixture on the Southern music scene. He was a founding member of Will & The Bushmen, a popular band that played colleges across the South in the 1980s, including the University of Alabama and Ole Miss.

The Mobile native who now lives in Nashville has produced albums for artists such as Rodney Crowell and Todd Snider.

Kimbrough’s songs have been recorded by Pascagoula’s native son, Jimmy Buffett, as well as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and The Jayhawks.

He released his latest album, “Sideshow Love,” in 2014.

Luther and Walter

DeSoto County native Luther Dickinson will perform a set inspired by the works of Coast artist Walter Anderson on Sunday in Ocean Springs.

“Sunset Serenade” starts at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Springs Community Center. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Dickinson, who along with his brother, Cody, started the North Mississippi Allstars, has performed with artists such as The Black Crowes and Robert Plant.

“The art of Walter Anderson has always been such a big part of my family for as long as I can remember,” Dickinson said. “A few years ago, I went with my mom to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.”

‘Seven Climates of Ocean Springs’

At the museum, he said, he fell in love with Anderson’s “Seven Climates of Ocean Springs” series.

“As soon as I walked into the community center and saw all of the murals, it just really spoke to me,” he said. “I also thought it was great little room that would be perfect for some music.”

Dickinson said for the first time he was able to hear sounds inspired by visions.

“When I look at that art, I can hear it and that’s a phenomenon I had never experienced before — and it only happened with Walter’s art in that room,” he said. “His style is organic and universal and natural. I wanted to musically illustrate it.”

Sunday’s show is just one phase of a bigger project. “I think it could have a really great light show with it one day,” he said.

He said he hopes to bring other musicians in on the project, including his bandmate in The Word, John Medeski.

“John’s really into it and we may get something together, and I also approached (formal Grateful Dead bassist) Phil Lesh about and he’s into it, too,” he said. “I would also like to get an orchestra from Ocean Springs to perform it with.”

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