Tag Archives: Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition, Dark Night of the Soul (Fat Possum)

On one of the live records from the Hill Country Picnic, songwriter/singer/guitarist Jimbo Mathus introduces a song by saying, “Let’s boogie!” And that aesthetic of boogie (not in terms of KC and the Sunshine Band but in terms of Black Oak Arkansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Thin Lizzy) runs throughout Mathus’ and the Tri State Coalition’s [...]

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition, White Buffalo (Fat Possum Records)

Growing up with Charlie Patton’s daughter Rosetta as a nanny gives Jimbo Mathus some seriously deep roots in the Mississippi blues. According to Mathus, “Only those born and raised in North Mississippi will know exactly what I mean; to those set adrift amidst broke-dick rednecks, radical Pentecostalism, moonshine bootleggers and Pusser-mania, there are two kings [...]

South Memphis String Band, Old Times There (Merless Records)

The latest record from the roots collective the South Memphis String Band has a relaxed, off-the-cuff feel. Then again, anyone who has seen Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tri-State Coalition), Alvin Youngblood Hart (Muscle Theory), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars), and Justin Showah (Knockdown South, Hill Country Records) play together knows that they cut [...]

Shannon McNally Part of New Luther Dickinson Group The Wandering

The North Mississippi Allstars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson has not one but three new albums scheduled for release on May 8. He’ll release Hambone’s Meditation, an acoustic, instrumental album inspired by John Fahey; Old Times There…, the second album from side project South Memphis String Band (with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus); and The Wandering, [...]

Jimbo Mathus, Confederate Buddha (Memphis International Records)

At first this is a far cry from Mathus’ recordings with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. There was a tight stateliness to the Zippers, even when they were playing at their most fast and furious. On Mathus’ new record Confederate Buddha, the music is relaxed and playful. What both bands share is the seriousness with which [...]

Derrick Freeman, It Is What It Is (Independent)

  Is the key to this album in the monolithic sound of the bass and drums on the Bill Withers-penned opening track, “Lonely Town, Lonely Street,” recorded way up front in the mix and in lock step, just like you might find in a vintage hip-hop mix? Normally I would say yes, but in this [...]