Today’s Conversation with the High Priest of Memphis Mojo
I just got off the phone with the legendary Jim Dickinson. Jim has a new studio record coming out called Dinosaurs Run In Circles. He’s playing his album release party at Huey’s in Memphis on May 31. Jim just played Memphis in May with Elvis Costello. “That was a blast,” Jim said.
Jim told me he’s received a lot of positive comments regarding our interview last year as well as his quote to me regarding Bob Dylan’s love for Mississippi writer Larry Brown. Dylan’s new album Together Through Life has the same cover as Larry Brown’s book of short stories called Big Bad Love. Jim told me an editor from Baltimore requested to use Dylan’s quote that Dickinson told me, but “Dylan doesn’t really grant permission on quotes, so God help him.” Jim says he's a big fan of Swampland.
I told Jim folks really enjoyed his articles on Memphis barbecue and his favorite films and music. We set a time to talk in the next two weeks. So, I have yet another interview lined up…as well as an interview with Cody on the 24th or 25th of this month. Tonight in Memphis, Jim’s boys Luther and Cody will be playing together for the last time in a while. Luther’s band The South Memphis String Band (with Alvin Younglblood Hart) will open for Cody’s band The Hill Country Revue and then the North Mississippi Allstars will play their last gig for months, “Since Luther is heading out for a while with The Black Crowes…”
We talked about our old friend Stanley Booth, the boxsets I gave Luther, upcoming projects and Dickinson’s recent charity performance with Amy LaVere. Dickinson is a force. Look out for the interview, review and a new Mystery & Manners Dickinson contribution soon. Come back everyday…I’ll have something for yins…
Peace & Soul,