North Mississippi Allstars jam Crystal Bay with fun

North Mississippi Allstars Cody and Luther Dickinson formed the band in 1996. Tahoe Onstage photos by Tim Parsons

Just crazy about how all the North Mississippi Allstars carry on, a near-capacity crowd at the Crystal Bay Casino bumped, shimmied and shook for more than 3 hours on Friday night.

“We’re having so much fun; we are so happy to be back,” Luther Dickinson said early on.

Like all the touring bands during the pandemic have been away. North Mississippi Allstars last Crown Room appearance was three years to the month ago, just before bassist Carl Dufrene died.

The new lineup is a quartet with bassist Jesse Williams and singer Lamar Williams Jr., son of the Allman Brothers bass player in the early 1970s.

“We are all second-generation musicians and share a telepathic, relaxed ease about creating and performing,” Dickinson said.

The Crown Room audience will attest to that.

Dickinson and Williams Jr. opened the show with four songs, starting with “You Got to Move,” written by Hill Country Blues pioneer Mississippi Fred McDowell.

“We’ll be back in a flash with more of that trash,” Dickinson said. Minutes later brother Cody Dickinson came onstage and played a drum solo before his bandmates joined. He didn’t stop swinging the sticks for more than two hours when the band took a short break before returning for an encore song.

The full-band set of 2 hours, 35 minutes, included songs from the bands entire career and approximately 20 albums, including R.L. Burnside’s “Skinny Woman” from NMA’s debut record to a handful from the upcoming “Set Sail,” which will be released April 1. No fooling.

-Tim Parsons

Luther Dickinson and his quiver of guitars. Tahoe Onstage photos by Tim Parsons
Cody Dickinson didn’t stop drumming for more than 2 hours.
The view from the sound board.
Singer Lamar Williams Jr. is a new addition for NMA. He last appeared in the Crown Room in 2019 with The New Mastersounds.
Luther loves his guitar.
The North Mississippi Allstars strike the final note of a 3 hours and 15 minutes show in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.

ABOUT Tim Parsons

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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  1. Love listening to these guys. Saw them some years ago the Byron Bay Bluesfest and fell in luv immediately. They bring on the bounce and very very talented artists.

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