The North Mississippi Allstars crawled up out of Hernando, Miss., just outside Memphis, in the late '90s, influenced equally by college jam bands, country blues, and Memphis music of the 1970s (frontman Luther and drummer Cody's father is Jim Dickinson, who produced records by Big Star, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and The Replacements). Near-constant touring and a gig backing up John Hiatt have turned the Allstars into a fine-tuned roots/jam machine; here's what Luther's been listening to lately.
Various artists, Sounds of the South (Atlantic, 1993)
I grew up on this music since I was a baby. Album was recorded in the 1950s. It's an amazing piece of work.
Levon Helm, Dirt Farmer (Vanguard Records, 2007)
I love this record. Levon is a living legend.
Al Green, Lay It Down (Blue Note, 2009)
This album is classic, timeless Al recorded last year. The man is still at the top of his game.
The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (Atlantic, 1972)
What can I say?
The Mississippi Sheiks, Stop and Listen (Yazoo, 1992)
Great old-time string band.