World Boogie Is Coming • North Mississippi Allstars • Songs Of The South Records • Producer: The Dickinson Brothers • Score: 9 out of 10
This album marks guitarist Luther Dickinson’s reaffirmation to keep North Mississippi blues vibrant, primitive and thriving. It’s a raw, ethnic record packed with dirty slide guitar and the strongest Hill Country influence on any NMA record. The rural gutbucket feel is offset by Dickinson’s inspired guitar throughout. It features a harmonica solo by Robert Plant on “Goat Meat.” Other guests include Lightnin’ Malcolm, the London Souls and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Willie Dixon’s “My Babe” is played with unadulterated humanity, while Bukka White’s “World Boogie” is Dickinson at his nastiest. This is a taste of the Deep South and a dissertation on the one chord boogie.
– Oscar Jordan