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North Mississippi Allstars bring blues legacy to Steamboat

Band kicks off Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series Saturday

The North Mississippi Allstars, a gospel-influenced blues rock band from the hill country of Mississippi, kick off the Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series on Saturday. The free show starts at 3 p.m. in Gondola Sqaure at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
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— It wasn’t hard for Luther Dickinson to write music about his late father, Jim.

The songs just came out, whether told from Jim’s point of view or the heart of a mourning son.

“They kept coming so strongly and easily I couldn’t deny it,” said Dickinson about the songs on his band’s new record, “Keys to the Kingdom.” “He taught us how to be musicians, and we want to carry that legacy on.



“I think he’d be really pleased. I really think he would be.”

Guitarist Luther Dickinson, his brother, drummer Cody Dickinson, and bassist Chris Chew make up the blues-rock band North Mississippi Allstars that released the “Kingdom” album last month.



The band kicks off the annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert series at 3 p.m. Saturday with a free outdoor show in Gondola Square.

The Allstars are largely influenced by Jim Dickinson, an iconic session musician and music producer who always was an integral part of his sons’ music careers. When he died in 2009, the Dickinson family and the blues realm lost a dedicated music man who “always kept it real,” Luther Dickinson said.

To carry on his legacy, the North Mississippi Allstars honor the music of their home of Nesbit, Miss.

“I’m always trying to stay true to our roots and not falling back into sounding too modern out of ease,” Luther Dickinson said. “On this record I wanted to stay as old-fashioned as possible. Even writing the songs, I didn’t want to use any songs I couldn’t take back to acoustic guitar.”

Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert booking agent Jon Waldman said he’s looking forward to having the band kick off the series of seven shows.

The concert, he said, coincides nicely with the start of spring season at Steamboat Ski Area with new lift hours and revelers looking forward to warmer weather.

“From this point on in the season, people really start looking forward to these weekend shows,” Waldman said.

He said the recent reconstruction of the Bear River Bar & Grill deck and the addition of the umbrella bar would enhance the experience.

“It’s going to be a great ambience out there,” he said. “You can lounge on the deck or dance up by the stage.”

The Mississippi boys said they love to play outside and love the way the songs ring through the air during summer festival season. But playing at the base of a ski area might mean hunting down some fingerless gloves and layering up before the set.

“I don’t know what it is about Colorado,” Luther Dickinson said. “We always have a blast.”

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@SteamboatToday.com


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