North Mississippi Allstars • Big Sam’s Funky Nation atDEEP ELLUM ART CO.
Friday, May 10
Recorded in studios across America during North Mississippi Allstarsâ€™ 2016 tour, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees the Dickinsons weaving their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with unstoppable energy, rhythmic reinvention, and a potent message of positivity, family, and hope. As ever, songs like R.L. Burnsideâ€™s â€œLong Haired Doneyâ€ and the impassioned title track pay homage to the country blues legacy while simultaneously pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, electronic innovation, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock â€˜nâ€™ roll.
â€œThis is a very exciting time for North Mississippi Allstars,â€ Cody says. â€œThereâ€™s been this explosion of creativity lately and itâ€™s encouraging that for a band who has been around for twenty years now, our music is as vital and fresh as ever. Itâ€™s like the opposite of burnout â€“ I canâ€™t explain why but it feels totally brand new again.â€
â€œThe blues is not childrenâ€™s music,â€ Luther says. â€œWe get better at it, the older we get. Weâ€™re so fortunate to be able to do it.â€
Noladelic PowerFunk. Thatâ€™s the sound Big Samâ€™s Funky Nation have been whipping up for more than a decade. Itâ€™s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, gluing everything together with the brassy influence â€” and heavy grooves â€” of New Orleans.
From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, to hometown appearances at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Samâ€™s Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The bandâ€™s live performances are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does. You donâ€™t just watch a Funky Nation show. You become part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response.