The North Mississippi Allstars have found an unlikely collaborator in Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, who guests on the blues-rock combo's upcoming album, "Polaris." The Allstars' follow up to 2001's
The North Mississippi Allstars have found an unlikely collaborator in Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, who guests on the blues-rock combo's upcoming album, "Polaris." The Allstars' follow up to 2001's Grammy-nominated "51 Phantom" is due April 22 from Artemis/Tone Cool Records.
Gallagher lends his vocal talents to the album's title track and "One To Grow On." "Polaris" was produced by Allstars sibling principals Luther and Cody Dickinson. The disc was tracked at the infamous Ardent Studios in Memphis where the Dickinson brothers learned their song and studio craft early on by watching their producer/artist father, Jim, best known for his work with Big Star, Ry Cooder, and the Replacements.
Along with bassist Chris Chew, the Dickinson Brothers formed the Allstars in 1996, and have since racked up two Grammy nominations for best contemporary blues album for their 2000 Tone-Cool debut, "Shake Hands With Shorty," and 2001's "51 Phantom." "The first two records were building blocks," Luther Dickinson said in statement. "We were on a three-record plan and we always knew that number three would be the big one."
For "Polaris," the band has widened its lineup by adding a second guitarist, Duwayne Burnside. Burnside, the son of blues icon R.L. Burnside, will augment the group's amalgam of southern rock, Mississippi hill country blues, gospel, and psychedelic pop/punk.
The Allstars hit the road in late March, launching a string of dates March 23 on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The band is also slated to perform alongside the Dead, Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, Ben Harper, and Sonic Youth on the first night of this year's Bonaroo Festival.
Here are the North Mississippi Allstars' tour dates:
March 23: Oxford, Miss. (The Grove)
March 28: St. Louis (Blueberry Hill's Duck Room)
March 29: Fayetteville, Ark. (Dave's On Dickson)
March 31: Conway, Ark. (University of Central Arkansas)
April 4-5: San Francisco (Fillmore)
April 9: Columbia, Mo. (Blue Note)
April 10: Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa)
April 11: Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University)
April 12: Columbus, Ohio (Little Brother's)
April 13: Pittsburgh (Rosebud)
April 15: Winooski, Vt. (Higher Ground)
April 16: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street)
April 17: New York (Irving Plaza)
April 18: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)
April 19: Norfolk, Va. (the NorVa)
April 20: Live Oak, Fla. (Suwanee Music Park)
April 23: Charlotte, N.C. (Visulite Theatre)
April 24: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Ziggy's)
April 26: Oxford, Miss. (Double Decker Festival)
April 27: New Orleans (Tipitina's Uptown)
April 29: Dallas (Trees)
April 30: Austin, Texas (Stubb's Barbeque)
May 1: New Orleans (Fairgrounds Racetrack)
May 3: New Orleans (Twi-Ro-Pa)
May 15: Masontown, W.Va. (Marvin's Mountaintop)
May 16: Terra Alta, W.Va. (All Good Music Festival)
June 13: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo Festival)