This Saturday, September 28 the North Mississippi Allstars hit town at the House of Blues Chicago. Along with the Allstars will be special guest Lightnin’ Malcolm. Tickets are $25.00 and $28.00 day of the show for general admission. There is a VIP package that includes a meet and greet for $60.00. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time is 9:00 p.m. Great news kids, this is a 17 and older show. The House of Blues is located at 329 N. Dearborn. Phone number is (312) 923-2000.
The North Mississippi Allstars are led by brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson. They bring the hill country blues back to Chicago after it was featured at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival. Lightnin’ Malcolm, Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Bill “Howlin-N-Madd” Perry were all part of that group.
The brothers are the sons of Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, who was a renowned producer. Jim produced albums for a wide variety of artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to Mudhoney. He played with and for too many others to try and list.
After soaking up the music of their father, they developed their own style of blues infused rock and roll while playing with their influences like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Otha Turner. This led to the formation of the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996. They released their debut album “Shake Hands with Shorty” in 2000. They released five successful albums that gained Grammy nominations and recognition before taking a break and doing side projects. They regrouped in 2010 and recorded “Keys to the Kingdom”. That was shortly after the death of their father and helped them cope with their loss. Their latest album is called “World Boogie is Coming”. Most recently they have been touring extensively with Robert Plant and the Band of Joy.
Lightnin’ Malcolm was born in Missouri, but found his way to the North Mississippi Hill Country. He found it to be his calling. He was playing guitar and singing with a bass and snare drum. His one man show fit this style to a tee. He was schooled by R.L. Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Honey Boy Edwards and T Model Ford. He won the 2009 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist. His latest release is titled “It’s Rough Out There”. It features fourteen original tunes. It was recorded at the Dickinson’s legendary Zebra Ranch Studio. Luther Dickinson also appears on the album.