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  posted on 8/26/2010 at 11:04 PM
Found EBW today at a record store north of Victoria. Great find as I never see NMAS on CD here on the island or really anywhere in Canada.

So far pretty impressed with the album especially No Mo and Teasin Brown.

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  posted on 8/26/2010 at 11:23 PM
Good album. I like the song "Moonshine" as well. The album also has some cool audio of the late Otha Turner that I know meant a lot to the band. I interviewed Luther Dickinson right as this album was coming out and he gets into some Otha as well as RL Burnside, Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks content;

http://swampland.com/articles/view/title:luther_dickinson_2006

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 12:01 AM
Great article DFC, Listening to Moonshine today I could hear the ABB/Blue Sky sound from miles away.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 01:47 AM
Thank ya', Leaf. It's cool that Luther digs deep with the old timers.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 02:37 AM
Hi Derek........great article. Love this band. IMO Luther is right up there with the best. Nice guy too; met him in Austin way back.
I was also lucky enough to catch Otha and the grandchildren back in 2002 as part of the awesome Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans. Just checking out the night...Chuck Wills, Otha, Kenny Brown Band, James Blood Ulmer, Billy Boy Arnold, Henry Gray, Earl Palmer/Herb Hardesty Band, Magic Slim & Teardrops.....Wow, what a night!!
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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 06:48 AM
Derek, as always, great article. Electric Blue Watermelon is a great record IMO. It is sort of the coming out for NMAS and Luther Dickinson. A foreshadowing of things to come. I saw NMAS and Luther at a X-mas Jam and to be honest I wasn't impresssed. I personally felt their talents were rudimentary ... at best. Luther's playing has grown so much since then that the only person I could compare it too is Derek Trucks and he continues to get better! I've heard it said that Luther may be the best guitar player the Crowes have had and I don't think I can argue that. Sorry Marc Ford. Not sure what the upcoming Crowe hiatus will mean for Luther or the NMAS (especially with Chris Chew seemingly doing his own thing) but his future sure looks promising.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 09:57 AM
I know I have asked this before and sorry to waste folks time but what is considered NMAS's best album to date?

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 10:24 AM
Lots of variety on Watermelon and it's ALL good. To me it's their best record.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 02:25 PM
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Hi Derek........great article. Love this band. IMO Luther is right up there with the best. Nice guy too; met him in Austin way back.
I was also lucky enough to catch Otha and the grandchildren back in 2002 as part of the awesome Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans. Just checking out the night...Chuck Wills, Otha, Kenny Brown Band, James Blood Ulmer, Billy Boy Arnold, Henry Gray, Earl Palmer/Herb Hardesty Band, Magic Slim & Teardrops.....Wow, what a night!!
Be well
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Thanks Nick and Charles, another band that keeps the Otha flame alive is Blue Mother Tupelo. They have some audio of him in a song on their latest album "Heaven and Earth" and I think they still play Otha's Family Picnic every year. And yes, I agree, Luther is one of the nice guys in the biz.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 02:49 PM
NMAS are awesome, and Luther is a great player.
They've been trained well by Papa Dickenson, God rest his soul.

There's been quality in just about everything they've done.

Shake Hands With Shorty- was when I first heard them.
I think that got nominated for a Grammy.

Do It Like We Use To- is a good comp of their early stuff.
includes a great dvd about the band, with lots of early live clips, and rare footage of the older Mississippi blues guys, Otha Turner & Mississippi Fred McDowell, interviews their parents. Its well done.

Electric Blue Watermelon- is a nice mix of what they do, and sounds real good, a very easy listen. This was the 1st tour I caught them on, back in 2005...wow, hmmm.
album took its name from a local, semi-legendary Memphis band from back in the day....free form blues...

Hernando- this was their latest, and I liked this one alot.
Much more rock influenced, I liked a lot of the vocal stuff they did, on this album.
Luther digs out his wah-wah pedal, and gets his Hendrix on....nothing wrong with that.

After this run w/ the Crowes is over, it'll be interesting to see what Luther does.


Well, EBW is the middle, more rock, go Hernando, you want more roots/country blues hill music, Shake Hands w/ Shorty.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 05:53 PM
Thanks for this summary as I've been wondering the same thing as leafsfan.

I bought "Shake Hands..." when it came out and still like several songs on that. I had "51 Phantom"...but now I don't know where it is. Hmmm...

But I need to get more of their music, so thanks for the ideas.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 08:50 PM
Speaking of which, it turns out that the Otha Turner Family Goat Barbecue Picnic in Senatobia, Mississippi is this weekend.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2010 at 09:53 PM
My favorite album of theres and the one that got me into them

 

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  posted on 8/28/2010 at 10:24 PM
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I know I have asked this before and sorry to waste folks time but what is considered NMAS's best album to date?




I roll w/"Hernando" & "Shake Hands w/Shorty"....

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 02:00 AM
I owned this CD at one time....traded it in

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 02:51 AM
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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:49 AM
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Why? How do you "trade-in" a CD?


Ruthie, there's a great indepentdent record store here in Richmond called Plan 9, and their used CD selection is almost as big as their new secton. I've sold many things to them; granted they don't buy everything you bring in and don't pay a whole lot. There's also a site called SecondSpin that I've sold CDs to, but you have to mail them in and then they send you a check.

There is a good market for used CDs in some outlets.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 09:00 AM
Do It Like We Used To is great. another great live record is the "Hill Country Review" from Bonnaroo a few years ago. lots of guests and the whole hill country family was there. gotta love the fife & drums.
 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 02:43 PM
The is the introduction to Sharde Thomas's new debut CD, "What Do I Do?" Sharde is the granddaughter of American music & fife legend, Otha Turner (mentioned above by Luther). The song on this video is called, "We Made It", written by Sharde Thomas. The album and the video is Produced by Ricky Davis of Blue Mother Tupelo (BMT). Sharde Thomas is featured on lead vocal, fife, keyboard, Ricky Davis is featured on harmony vocals, bass drums, snare drums, cigarbox guitar and dobro and Micol Davis is featured on harmony vocal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR_iYWg0Zjk

 

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Why? How do you "trade-in" a CD?


Didn't care for it, went to a "used" CD store and received credit towards something else...

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 04:19 PM
Great CD. Very worth while to try and pick up the European edition which has 3 bonus tracks; 2 of which are among my favorites of this release.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 06:09 PM
great album

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 09:26 PM
I'm loving this album. Gets better with each listen. Its amazing none of thier music gets played on the radio. Not even sure I hear it on Sirius.

 

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