Allstars hold the Keys to the Kingdom

North Mississippi Allstars share the stage with Band of Joy

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North Mississippi Allstars
Those attending the Robert Plant and the Band of Joy concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Fri. Feb. 4 might want to make sure to get there early enough to catch opening act North Mississippi Allstars.

The veteran blues/soul combo — anchored by guitarist/vocalist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson, and bassist Chris Chew — celebrate the official release of their new record, Keys to the Kingdom, (Songs of the South), this week.

The collection was recorded in the spring of 2010 at the Dickinson family’s Zebra Ranch Studio in Coldwater, Miss. The band handled its own production and welcomed an impressive roster of guest musicians to the sessions, including Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, Spooner Oldham, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Gordie Johnson, and Jack Ashford.

Keys to the Kingdom is a song cycle, a celebratory declaration of life in the face of death as well as a musical interpretation of this unique experience with the cycle of life, written and recorded honestly, fast and raw,” says a statement from the band.

The Allstars hit the PAC stage at 8 p.m. Visit myspace.com/nmallstars for more.

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