North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

Shake Hands With Shorty

Tone-Cool

Only once in a great while does a recording reflect a “salt-of-the-earth” grit and goodness that has usually been reserved for the old-time blues artists, many of whom lived the life they sang about. The North Mississippi Allstars exude the rawness of days gone by, yet masterfully blend current styles seamlessly. Not bad for a trio of young white guys!

Shake Hands With Shorty is a blues-rock masterpiece that slides, jukes, and twists like the Mighty Mississip’ herself. The knee-slapping beat of each song blends the best of all things blues, down-home barn-stomping, traditional and modern rock rhythms all interwoven through three musicians and their special guests. Luther Dickinson drives the awesome array of strings which dominate the NMA sound. He works a slide guitar (among others) with precision, while brother Cody works in a few samples, vocals, and keeps the beat with Luther’s guitar. Chris Chew provides vocals on most tracks, although NMA has a variety of talent to help both instrumentally and vocally. Among the “Allstars”: Jimbo Mathus, R.L. Burnside kin Gary and Cedric, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, who keep things jumpin’.

Speakin’ of R.L. Burnside, the guys remake a few of his tunes – “Po’ Black Maddie,” “Goin’ Down South,” and “Skinny Woman” – that should surely make the old man proud. And you can’t deny the phenomenal energy of the classic “Shake ‘Em on Down.” This one will have you moving from head to toe. All ten songs are so well crafted and simplistically intricate, it’s amazing. It is truly a testament to the NMAllstars talent to reach deep in the past and mold a boogie-rockin’ blues album that could stand up to any genre record found today.

Once you meet Shorty, you will have made a friend for life. Viva Mississippi! For more info on a record you should have, go to: http://www.tonecool.com

Tone-Cool Records, 6 Abbott Road Annex, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481; http://www.tonecool.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

  • Soul Understated
    Soul Understated

    Soul Understated was a swizzle stick of jazz, funk, pop with a dash of Radiohead in the delightful DC cocktail.

  • Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu
    Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu

    That Trip We Took With Dad is the debut feature by acclaimed Romanian short film director Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu. Generoso Fierro sat down with Lǎzǎrescu during SEEFest to discuss the comedy and drama within the adaptation of her deeply personal family story for the screen.

  • Aware
    Aware

    The Book Of Wind (Glacial Movements). Review by Carl F Gauze.

  • BANG: The Bert Berns Story
    BANG: The Bert Berns Story

    The music biz collides with the mob in this documentary chronicling the fast and dangerous life of legendary ’60s songwriter, producer, record mogul, Bert Berns.

  • The Suicide Commandos
    The Suicide Commandos

    Time Bomb (Twin/Tone). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tricot
    Tricot

    3 (Topshelf Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Bush
    Bush

    One of the most successful rock bands of the ’90s attracted thousands of fans to its recent Orlando concert. Christopher Long was there.

  • New Found Glory
    New Found Glory

    New Found Glory celebrate 20 years of Pop Punk with a string of sold-out intimate dates at The Social. Jen Cray was there for night two.

From the Archives