Jim Dickinson “The Dixie Fried” available September 2!
(From Light in the Attic)
The late Jim Dickinson is one of the most eclectic personages rock n’roll has ever thrown up: a musical
maverick. From Sun Records and Ardent Studios in the 1960s, to sessions with the Rolling Stones,
Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan, significant productions of Big Star and the Replacements, and the twisted
roots rock of his own Mud Boy & The Neutrons, the man was never, ever predictable.
A solo album had not been at the forefront of Jim Dickinson’s mind then, but once the idea was put
in place by Jerry Wexler at Atlantic, he reacted conceptually, and with gusto. Dickinson always shot
from the hip. He could be coarse on a rocker like “Wine,” or dignified and joyous when celebrating
“The Strength of Love.” Inebriated laments like “Wild Bill Jones” contrast sharply with the carny talk
of “O How She Dances,” and a shifting, indignant anti-war recitation entitled “John Brown.”