After almost a quarter of a century of releasing highly-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated records, North Mississippi Allstars have released their 11th album, ‘Up and Rolling’. The Dickinson brothers, Luther and Cody, have once again demonstrated their sublime songcraft and expert musicianship on one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated releases.
The story behind ‘Up and Rolling’ is an intriguing one. Back in 1996, shortly before the brothers formed North Mississippi Allstars, they played host to a photographer, Wyatt McSpadden, who wanted to take shots of local musicians and capture the musical spirit and heritage of North Mississippi on film. They visited Otha Turner, Junior Kimbrough and RL Burnside, watching the legends play, sing and tell stories; McSpadden went about his work quietly, preserving these moments forever. Over two decades later, the photos long-forgotten, McSpadden sought out the Dickinsons and shared his images, which transported the brothers into their musical past. Inspired, the Dickinsons set about producing an album that serves as a soundtrack to those photos and memories. Their career, with endless touring, has seen them journey far from home. This album takes them back.