Album of the Day
As a sideman and a producer, Memphis music great James Luther Dickinson left his fingerprints on seminal recordings by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Big Star, the Replacements and many others. After his group, the Dixie Flyers, replaced the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as Atlantic Records' backing band of choice, Dickinson got the chance to cut a solo album for the label in 1972. DIXIE FRIED is as eccentric, soulful and masterfully played as you'd expect, distilling a potent brew from rockabilly, blues, country and New Orleans R&B (Dr. John is a prominently featured guest). Covers predominate - Carl Perkin's title track and Bob Dylan's “John Brown” are a couple of the highlights - but these songs have been reimagined from the ground up, and the results are wonderful. This year, try your Thanksgiving DIXIE FRIED.