Photos by Ana Gibert
Hot off the release of their joint album, Freedom & Dreams (already the Number One blues album on iTunes), and touring together, the North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne treated the picturesque but snowy town of Hudson, NY to some hot Delta licks.
The show started off with Luther Dickinson and Anders Osborne trading slide guitar licks on the deep Mississippi “Let It Roll.” Osborne then sat down so Cody Dickinson could play drums with Lightnin’ Malcolm on bass. After that, things got real complicated for the next three hours. NMA (brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson and Lightnin’ Malcolm) and Anders Osborne (Osborne, Brady Blade and Carl Dufrene) must have hired a mathematician to work out the greatest number of permutations possible among six musicians, ’cause they went through each and every one of them, with the band members swapping drums kits, keyboards, guitars and bass with the others, sometimes mid-song. Robert Randolph’s Family Band shows off their multi-instrumentalist talents, but that’s within one band, not between two acts.
Both the NMA and Osborne write great songs, the rocking NMA leaning toward Delta blues while Osborne tilts toward his New Orleans roots, but when the two groups combine, they evoke the Allman Brothers at their zenith.
– Suzanne Cadgène