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Artist: James Luther Dickinson. Album: Dixie Fried, 2005. One of the greatest albums you never heard.
Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample). He was one of those "back of the album" guys whose name appeared on a ridiculous number of classic albums. I purchased Dixie Fried years ago based on a recommendation; it still sounds like nothing else I've heard. We're talking Americana on Overdrive. Jim had a reputation in music circles as a legendary character. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, after hearing this album I knew the stories were all true.
But Dickinson was there long before those more popular artists, going by his full Christian name and digging in the Memphis humus for some "self-buried dope by motorcycle moonlight," with his band, the Dixie Flyers (the house band for many late sixties Atlantic artists, second only to the Muscle Shoals crew). Thirty years later, his dope is again unearthed, and the vintage is quite potent, if not a bit ragged. Wine" cracks it all open, an ode to potables that leans heavily on "Wine Spodee-Odee" for support, but cuts loose with a drunken bottleneck slide flashing.
Veteran producer Jim Dickinson had been well-established as a trusted producer and sideman by the time he recorded an album of his own in 1972. Atlantic honcho Jerry Wexler had signed Dickinson and the Dixie Flyers, the label's house band for nearly all its soul recordings at the time, to record an album. Only Dickinson really felt up to it, and Dixie Fried was the result. Mixing blues, country, and unapologetic Southern boogie on nine tunes, Dickinson sounded something like a not-yet-formed Leon Russell or Dr. John (the latter of whom played on the album extensively).