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Souther Memphis String Band

When: Tue., April 6, 8 p.m. 2010

North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson teams up with Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Grammy-winning blues guitarist Alvin "Youngblood" Hart to form the South Memphis String Band. This trio of stacked talent coalesced after recording with Charlie Musselwhite and the now late Jim Dickinson (Luther's father) in 2008. Last year, the three toured together, creating a patchwork of original material and traditional tunes. Mythic outlaws mingle with contemporary politics. Blues solos, sing-a-long choruses, and extended acoustic jams haze an air of nostalgia. It's a glorious acoustic junkyard of guitars, mandolin, and banjo. A dozen of these songs comprise the debut Home Sweet Home, released early this year. The South Memphis String Band, though, is best live. As a side project for each of its members, the trio keeps things loose by generously trading instruments, lead vocals, and jokes throughout a show. It's friendly, back-porch music with fine musicians. —Andrew Ritchey

Price: $12-$15

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