North Mississippi All Stars by Bluesman

Posted on 1/15/2010 by Virginiabluesman

(Washington DC) If you're looking for a good show in the D.C. area , you may want to check out the North Mississippi All Stars at the State Theatre in Falls Church , Virginia . They will be the feature band there on February 27 , 2010 .

The All Stars are a blues/rock band formed in 1966 in Hernando , Mississippi . They won the W.C. Handy award in 2001 for "Best New Atist Debut" , and their first CD release "Shake Hands With Shorty" was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album." Future CD's also received Grammy nominations . Members of the band have worked with John Hiatt and Robert Randolph , and Luther Dickinson now also plays lead guitar for the great Black Crowes . Cody Dickinson (drums/keyboards) and Chris Chew (Bass Guitar) also have side projects as well as being regular members of the All Stars .

Chris Chew looks like a lineman for the Dallas Cowboys , and gives the band a great funky/blues sound . His bass looks like a toy in his hands , but who's going to tell him anything . Luther Dickinson is an excellent guitarist who also lends his hand to the Black Crowes , and Cody Dickinson (Luther's brother) is a more than capable drummer to give the band the backing it needs . The band is highly respected in the Blues world , but seems to be relatively "unknown" in the main stream music scene . That seems to be a problem in the Blues world , but, this also allows us to see these great artists in smaller venues like the State Theatre .

I admit that I didnt know a lot about the All Stars at first , but one day I heard one of their tunes on Satellite radio and I decided to check them out more on YouTube . I discovered more tunes from them and became an instant fan of their music . Check out the Live version of "Shake" performed on one of those Night time talk shows . There are some great amateur videos on YouTube of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes jamming with Luther , and I even found some with Luther jamming with the Allman Brothers . While these videos give you a taste of what the All Stars are about , nothing beats seeing them play LIVE .

State Theatre
220 North Washington Street
Falls Church , Virginia 22046
703 237-0300
Showtime Date : February 27 , 2010

Future shows at The State Theatre include :
The Smithereens ... January 15
Pinetop Perkins ... February 12
Tab Benoit ... February 14
Leon Russell ... March 12

Watch my posts for all the BEST shows in the Washington DC area !!!

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