Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Glide Review - North Mississippi Allstars - Keys To The Kingdom

Hey ya'll , got a new review up on Glide.

Read it right C'here!!!

It is the newest album from the North Mississippi Allstars called Keys To The Kingdom, and it's really good.

I have liked pieces of the Allstars in the past, but this one seems to be their most complete effort.  Quality songs, heartfelt vocals and like always top notch playing.  I am not sure if Luther and Cody's time apart (in the Black Crowes and Hill Country Revue respectively) made the reunion grander or if the passing of their father Jim raised inspiration levels, but whatever the case, Keys To The Kingdom is worth checking out if you are a fan of gospel, blues, southern or jam rock.

Luther is a, if not the, premier slide guitar player on the scene now (hmm Derek Trucks may take issue) and while he shows off some skills now, unlike past albums from the group the chops take a back seat to the songs, and they hold up wonderfully.  Below are some examples, including one of my favorite songs of the year so far, "Hear The Hills", with this track the Allstars have their version of "Soulshine", a song that will stand up over their career.  Enjoy:
"Hear The Hills"

"The Meeting" (That's Mavis Staples Vocals, but she ain't on screen)

And a live piece with some funky washboard into "Back Back Train" for you and you too:

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