Sound Advice: North Mississippi Allstars with MSO, Jimbo Mathus at the Brass Door

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North Mississippi Allstars
  • North Mississippi Allstars
The North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson and solo bandleader Jimbo Mathus occasionally team up, along with Alvin Youngblood Hart, in the South Memphis String Band. But this weekend they'll be going their separate ways with a couple of big shows each.

Dickinson will join brother Cody in two performances with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as part of their “Opus One” series, following in the path of such previous Opus One collaborators as Harlan T. Bobo, Lucero, and Al Kapone.

The first Allstars/MSO collaboration is tonight, at 7:30 p.m., at the New Daisy Theater. Tickets are $12.50. They'll follow it up with an encore performance at 2 p.m on Saturday at “The Magnet” (879 E. McLemore), which is free as part of MSO's “Symphony Soul Project” community outreach initiative.

As for the prolific Mathus, he'll be playing back-to-back area concerts this weekend to celebrate the release of White Buffalo, the latest album with his backing band The Tri-State Coalition.

Jimbo Mathus
  • Jimbo Mathus

The album, which draws on various roots subgenres, from the bluegrass-inflected opener “In the Garden” to the alt-country riffage of “(I Wanna Be Your) Satellite” to the screaming, stomping electric blues of the title track to the barroom country of “Hatchie Bottoms,” was released this week on the Fat Possum label and was recorded in Como, Mississippi with a reconfigured band that includes Memphis stalwart Terrence Bishop (River City Tanlines).

Mathus will play a local CD release party at the Brass Door downtown (152 Madison Ave.) Friday night, January 25th. Cover is $10. The next night, Mathus will do it again in Oxford, Mississippi, at Proud Larry's.

White Buffalo can currently be found streaming here.

The video for “In the Garden”:

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