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Blues & Ballads, this acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends celebrates Dickinson's relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy. Blues & Ballads celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks.
The songs themselves tell the story of the lad growing up in modern day rural south amongst first generation Memphis rock n rolling, song collecting, folk bohemians, disapproving pre-rock n roll holy rollers, and citified punk rockers and modern day blues giants, experiencing the miracle that was Fat Possum Records and Hill Country Blues in the '90s, singing his song in a language near extinction, barely pre-internet, when community, word of mouth, firsthand experience, books, records and art still ruled. When the elders began passing on the lad realized that his family, friends and heroes should be made into folk heroes and their vernacular and stories should be sung.
The vinyl art includes Luther Dickinson's dream come true his songbook, a printed collection of his tunes (his life), transcribed and made to look legitimate. The limited pressing makes the legitimacy fleeting and as it should be: rare and underground. Dickinson represents the Memphis underground and the mid-south regions music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating.
Is it too late to tell you and your communitys tales thru the vinyl groove and the block lettered, mimeographed page? Never!
16-page deluxe songbook
Includes limited time download card
LP 1 - Volume I
1. Hurry Up Sunrise
2. Up Over Yonder (feat. J.J. Grey)
3. Bang Bang Lulu
6. Mean Ol' Wind Died Down
7. How I Wish My Train Would Come
8. Ain't No Grave (feat. Mavis Staples)
9. Let It Roll
10. My Leavin'
LP 2 - Volume II
1. Horseshoe (reprise)
2. Highwater (Soldier)
3. And It hurts
5. Mojo, Mojo
6. Ol' Cannonball
8. Blow Out
9. Mayor Langford Birmingham Blues
10. Shake (Yo Mama)