(Songs of the South)
Do It Like We Used To Do—Live From 96-08—highlights the first ten years of The North Mississippi Allstars' career. This power trio led by Luther and Cody (sons of legend Jim) Dickinson with Chris Chew on bass represents a fine musical snapshot of this band’s high degree of talent as well as indelible musical lineage.
This double CD package contains what the Allstars do best—deep groove blues rock with a nod to their heroes such as Fred McDowell, Othar Turner, Junior Kimbrough, Charley Patton and R.L. Burnside. These songs prove to be swamp-laden funk at its finest. A low-down version of Fred McDowell’s “Someday Baby” opens the collection. Father Jim lends his talent on a smoking rendition of The Staples’ “Freedom Highway”.
Other guests on Do It Like We Used To Do include Duwayne Burnside, Kelley Hurt and Paul Taylor. Liner notes for this package contain the words of the late Mississippi writer—and huge Allstars fan—Larry Brown. Luther Dickinson’s vast talent shines on this entire collection, and his slide work on Othar turner’s “Shimmy Duo” proves as strong evidence.
“Goin Down South” simply exists as foot stomping fun while “Highway 61” encapsulates decades of Mississippi music. “Crazy Bout U” indicates only The Allstars can play such nasty blues as this…it’s in their blood. The Allstars’ original composition “Sugartown” crystallizes the group’s heritage, progression and intention. This music remains close to Mississippi soil.
An old stand-by, “Mississippi Bollweevil” never fails to amaze. Father Jim sings lead vocal on “Down In Mississippi” as well as "Got My Mojo Working" and inspires the band to operate at a zenith. A killer version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hear My Train A Comin’” sounds like sanctified gold. Two originals—“The Meeting” and “Goin’ Home” (an acoustic beauty)—illustrate this group of musicians' versatility, however, they never stray too far from guttural blues. This version of Jr. Kimbrough’s “Stay All Night” resonates with a slow, incandescent burn.
The original “Mizzip” rocks along with Cody on vocals. “Keep The Devil Down” propels the Allstars into the echelon of great trios…a very strong tune: great version. “Horseshoe”, hands down, stands as one of the Allstars best songs…some real heart-rending, medicinal music. The traditional “Glory, Glory” ends this stellar package with a Sunday morning gospel sentiment. Do It Like We Used To Do emerges as one of the best releases in the industry this year. Flawless…