North Mississippi Allstars frontman Luther Dickinson noted early on during this show at Irving Plaza that NMAS hasn’t been to Manhattan in awhile. While we checked in with NMAS-related projects like Luther’s The Wandering at Joe’s Pub this year and the stripped-down NMAS Duo at Iridium Jazz Club last year, it has seemed that the full band has more or less dedicated its NYC performances to Brooklyn Bowl of late. Besides the venue change, this show represented a return to NYC without a key member of the NMAS crew, as band member Chris Chew is still recovering from a diabetic coma he suffered earlier this summer. While the band has announced that Chew will return to the stage with the band in Milwaukee and Chicago in a few days, this show found the Allstars joined by the legendary blues guitarist Lightnin’ Malcom in Chew’s stead. Several songs also saw appearances from JoJo Hermann, who was in tow with the night’s opening act Missing Cats but is better known as keyboardist of Widespread Panic. Among others, JoJo joined the band for a banging rendition of the RL Burnside classic and NMAS favorite “Po Black Maddie” with an extended bit of jamming, as well as a sick sequence of “Mississippi Boll Weevi” into “Shake ‘Em” that has been a staple on the current tour. Although the band’s set was cut a bit short by the club’s 12 a.m. curfew (combined with a longer Missing Cats’ set due to some very special guests), what this set lacked in length was made up for in quality.
With the full nyctaper crew in attendance, Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and I recorded this set using his Milab VM-44 Links into a Sound Devices MixPre with high-end Lundahl transformers, combined with my Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” mics in the “NOS” configuration to add spaciousness and depth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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North Mississippi Allstars
New York, NY USA
Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by acidjack
Schoeps MK22 (FOB, DFC, NOS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Milab VM44 Links (FOB, DFC, PAS)>Sound Devices MixPre >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time: 1:49:35]
01 Shimmy She Wobble>My Babe>Sittin’ On Top of the World
02 Hear the Hills
03 Shake What Your Mama Gave You>Chris Chew Tribute>Shake What Your Mama Gave You
04 Meet Me In the City
05 Mississippi Boll Weevil>
06 Shake ‘Em
08 Po’ Black Maddie [RL Burnside]
09 Ho Down>jam
10 So Much Trouble
11 I Have A Good Woman Waiting At Home
12 K.C. Jones (On the Road Again)
14 Up Over Yonder
15 I’m Leaving
16 This A’ Way
18 Lord Have Mercy>
19 All Night Long [Junior Kimbrough]
20 [encore break]
21 Rollin’ and Tumblin’
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