R.I.P. James Luther Dickinson
November 15, 1941- August 15, 2009
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photo courtesy of Tom Lonardo
Jim's last words,
I refuse to celebrate death. My life has been a miracle of more than I
ever expected or deserved. I have gone farther and done more than I had any
right to expect. I leave behind a beautiful family and many beloved
friends. Take reassurance in the glory of the moment and the forever
promise of tomorrow. Surely there is light beyond the darkness as there is
dawn after the night. I will not be gone as long as the music lingers. I
have gladly given my life to Memphis music and it has given me back a
hundredfold. It has been my fortune to know truly great men and hear the
music of the spheres. May we all meet again at the end of the trail. May
God bless and keep you.
World boogie is coming,
James Luther Dickinson
Luther and Cody Dickinson decided the best way to honor Jim's legacy is to
keep the Zebra Ranch open for recording with Jim's sonic genius and
musical ambiance intact. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Visit http://jimdickinsonslegacy.blogspot.com/ to enjoy more of Jim's legacy.
"I'm just dead, I'm not gone."
the beginning Zebra Ranch was a family art project- an old barn full of vintage
audio recording antiques. With the addition of modern
digital equipment, it quickly became something more.Over the past few years, the Dickinson family has collectively produced
more than fifty projects of unique material that could have been accomplished
nowhere else. Zebra Ranch is a work in progress- currently remodeling and expanding.
Recording home to three time
Grammy Nominated North Mississippi Allstars, as well as resident artist/producer, Jim Dickinson (in absentia), the studio continues to grow and change. Home base to Delta Experimental Projects and B.A.D. Records, Zebra Ranch produces environmental recordings rich in cultural ambiance.
North Mississippi Allstars
June 19, 2012:
James Luther (Jim) Dickinson's first and only live record with sons Luther and Cody plus Chris Chew of the North Mississippi Allstars, and Jimmy Davis on rhythm guitar is being released on July 3, 2012. The CD is called, "I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone." It was recorded at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis. It's probably Jim and the boys' BEST live performance ever. Jimmy Davis puts them over the top. Great sound, pickin', and Jim is on fire.
To make this more fun, Zebra Ranch is offering a pre-release purchase contest until July 3 to win FREE cds. Order "I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone" from the Zebra Ranch Store before July 3, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win the contest. The prize is 3 more CDs of your choice from the Zebra Ranch Store absolutely FREE! This includes Luther's Grammy nominated tribute to his dad, "Onward and Upward."
Whoever orders a vinyl copy of "I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone" will receive 3 extra cds of his/her choice for free.
All CDs and vinyl purchased from the Zebra Ranch Store including the winners will be shipped on July 3. Can't beat this with a stick! Be there or be square! World boogie is coming!
February 4, 2011:
North Mississippi Allstars new album, Keys to the Kingdom, is Luther and Cody's rollicking, rowdy, heartfelt and passionate homage to their dad,
Jim Dickinson. Visit NMA's website and The Bluff (NMA's fan message board) for features including KTTK's reviews and lyrics threads. Fun!
World boogie is coming!
January 22, 2011:
Jim Dickinson was inducted (in absentia) into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame last week, along with "Big Joe" Williams, Elmore James, David Banner, Rufus Thomas, MTV founder Bob Pittman, blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow, and others.
January 1, 2011: News Flash
Onward and Upward, by Luther Dickinson and the Sons of Mudboy, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Traditional Folk category. The acoustic gospel record was recorded as a tribute to Jim Dickinson, at the Zebra Ranch live to two-track tape. No Depression's Adam Sheets' 10 Best Albums of the Year includes "Onward and Upward" @ #2
2. Luther Dickinson & the Sons of Mudboy -Onward and Upward
On the surface, this album should be nothing to write home about. It was recorded in a single day with no rehearsals or overdubs and the songs are all traditional gospel numbers we've heard a thousand times, played in the acoustic folk style we're used to hearing them in. Yet this record manages to overcome all of that and land towards the top of the pile by pure emotion. This is probably due to the circumstances of the recording: Dickinson- perhaps best known as a member of the Black Crowes and the North Mississippi Allstars- called together some friends and family members just three days after the death of his father, the legendary producer Jim Dickinson, and they played some of Jim's favorite gospel tunes as a tribute. The result is an album made without money, fame, or even artistry in mind. All Luther cared about on this album was playing the music that he loved and, as a result, it is impossible not to love this album.
Adam Sheets, No Depression - December 8, 2010
Swampland - Mary Lindsay Dickinson Interviews
Click Here for the First Installment
of the Mary Lindsay Dickinson Interview
The Zebra Ranch isn't for everybody but if you appreciate Jim Dickinson's
sound, it's still here. Read the first installment of an interview series
Jim Calemine from Swampland is writing with Mary Lindsay Dickinson about
the legend living on....
Six Degrees of Swampland: The Dickinson Family
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An amazing collection of interviews and articles on all things Dickinson that have appeared on the Swampland site over the years.
Sit down and settle back for some great reading on people and things near and dear to the Zebra Ranch.
Zebra Ranch Photo Essay
by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Click Here for a Unique Virtual Tour of Zebra Ranch
Click Here for Part 2 of a Unique Virtual Tour of Zebra Ranch
The Reba Russell Band is recording at Zebra Ranch Studios and this pictorial by their keyboardist is a visit to the Zebra Ranch like you've never
seen it before.
Home Sweet Home
South Memphis String Band
(Luther Dickinson, Jimbo Mathus, and the mighty Alvin Youngblood Hart)
CD is now available at the Zebra Ranch Store.
Home Sweet Home Vinyl is coming soon!
"If you don't dig this, there is seriously something wrong with you."
Onward and Upward
Luther Dickinson and The Sons of Mudboy
Available in CD and VINYL
To order the CD or VINYL, please visit the STORE PAGE to conveniently order using Paypal.
"Jim would have loved the rough edges, determined joy and especially
Luther's solo original, 'Let It Roll,' written that day and performed
like it came straight from a Son House Paramount-label 78."
-David Fricke, Rolling Stone
Check out the REVIEWS of Onward and Upward on the Reviews page.
Dinosaurs Run in Circles from Jim Dickinson
Released on Memphis International Records, May 2009
"Sort of like the sky: dark one moment, full of light another,
thundering and blowing you away awhile, then sending breezes of
ramshackle-rigged transcendent grace to raise and deliver you from it
From the liner notes to "Dinosaurs Run in Circles"
"Lately I've been thinking about Jim Dickinson and how good it would have
been to have him here."
Chronicles, Volume One
Jim Dickinson- receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering and Production from the Americana Music Association, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, 2007.
Killers From Space was recorded at the Zebra Ranch with Luther and
Cody. It escaped from Memphis International Records, October,
Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger
"On Electric Blue Watermelon, the North Mississippi Allstars get back to what they do best: raw, rocking blues with a crazed edge." - Vanity Fair
Go here to purchase and listen to samples
HILL COUNTRY BLUES, North Mississippi Allstar's 4th CD, recorded at the
Zebra Ranch and produced by Jim Dickinson, is available exclusively at
Don't think about a Zebra!
- Zen Exercise
I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone
Home Sweet Home
Onward and Upward
Tate County (Hill Country Blues)
DDT - Live At The World Famous Antenna Club
Dinosaurs Run In Circles
Killers From Space
Jungle Jim & The Voodoo Tiger
Delta Experimental Project
Fishing With Charlie and
Other Selected Readings
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