Prolific southern/blues rock band North Mississippi Allstars are returning to Nashville April 1 to rattle your bones at City Winery for two shows in one night! To clarify, this is NOT a two set performance, but two separate shows which require separate tickets, with a 6:30 p.m. early show and a 10 p.m. late show. Tickets range in price from $45-$65, and for both performances legendary electric blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite will be playing as well. Even sweeter news? We’re giving away a pair of tickets for the early (6:30) show! Read on to learn more about the Mississippi bluesmen, and don’t forget to enter for your chance to win tickets after the jump.
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
Formed two decades ago, in 1996, North Mississippi Allstars are made up of siblings Luther and Cody Dickinson, the sons of Memphis blues legend Jim Dickinson. The boys grew up soaking in the Memphis and north Mississippi scene, and learned to play with that vibe in the famed juke joints with their likeminded kinfolk. Over their twenty year career, they’ve amassed a pretty epic catalog of work. Starting with their Grammy nominated Shake Hands with Shorty, the Allstars have gone on to release nine LPs, five live records, two EPs, and a two disc live DVD. Separately, the brothers have been a part of side projects (notably, Luther spent a sting in The Black Crowes), contributed to film and television endeavors, and collaborated with all manors of high-profile artists. However, together the North Mississippi Allstars really shine, previously serving as the house band for Last Call with Carson Daly, pulling double duty as the backing band for John Hiatt, touring with the likes of heavy-hitters such as Robert Plant and the Dave Matthews Band, and collaborating with John Medeski and Robert Randolph as festival favorites The Word. Their latest release, last year’s Freedom & Dreams, continues their proud and powerful tradition that will hopefully last another two decades.
Said to be the inspiration behind Dan Aykroyd’s famed character in Blues Brothers, Mississippi electric blues harmonica phenom and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite first rose to prominence in the 1960s. Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Musselwhite was teen during the birth of rock and roll in the ’50s, bearing witness to the rise of artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash firsthand, learning from his surroundings and supporting himself through blue collar work. Charlie eventually relocated to Chicago, cutting his teeth in the flourishing blues scene, and brushing shoulders with many of the greats, all the while living in the basement of Jazz Record Mart. Around the time he first found a taste of widespread solo success in the ’60s, he made the move to San Francisco, and used the advantage of less competition to grow his presence, going on to release countless albums. Musselwhite has been inducted into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, raking up 35 Blues Music Awards and 11 Grammy nominations (including a win in 2014), and has navigated through a variety of stylistic shifts, collaborating and performing alone the way with the cross-genre likes of Hot Tuna, Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Waits, and, of course, the North Mississippi Allstars. We’re not entirely clear on whether Charlie will play with the Allstars the whole time, separately, or something in between, but what we know for sure is you do not want to miss this show!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets to the 6:30 p.m. early show. Good luck!
North Mississippi Allstars and Charlie Musselwhite will perform two sets on Friday, April 1 at City Winery. The early show begins at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. doors), and tickets are available for $45-65. The late show begins at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. doors), and tickets are also available for $45-65.