Soul & death - Jim Dickinson R.I.P.
Jim Dickinson died today. Dickinson was to the Memphis scene what a Doug Sahm was to the Austin scene. Irreplaceable. Every music scene has someone like this. Dickinson - early shit, Mud Boy antics, Stones & Replacements & Toots productions, Cooder, etc, etc - the guy was a music monster who it'll take years to unearth the nuggets and understand the influence. In recent years, he was on a recording spree of sorts. Thank the heavens for the wake-up call of everything the guy soaked in as on display on those solo releases. Songcatcher is what they call them. On his next to last, which I'm listening to right now, he covers a Doug Sahm tune which pretty much says it all about Dickinson. Taste. I envy the fact that the first place he probably stops in otherland he just may see Sir Doug sittin' at a table watchin' the Cubs. Soulmates in a cosmic music kind of way. Check out those recent solo releases and let yourself go. Check out Mud Boy & the Neutrons. The hall of fame Jim belongs in is one of the mind. Condolences to his wife and boys.
posted by Boudin Dan, 08/16/09