Luther Dickinson’s album “Rock ’n Roll Blues” is rollicking, raw and teeming with palpable punk energy one minute, laid back and burning with the tranquil beauty of a southern sunset the next. Made with just acoustic guitar, vocals, stand up bass and drums, the album of acoustic punk country blues offers a side of Luther seldom seen before. From the propulsive beat and unbridled sound of opener “Vandalize” to the rambunctious acoustic strut and barbed chorus hook of “Bar Band,”which relives Luther’s dues-paying youth playing battles of the band and plastering Memphis with concert flyers to “Blood ‘n Guts,” chronicling the transience of a life spent in a van driving from one gig to the next, the steady drums marking the miles along some deserted highway, it’s clear this is a unique chapter in the acclaimed Southern musician’s songbook.
released March 14, 2014
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