North Mississippi Allstars Biography
The North Mississippi Allstars were founded in 1996; a product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. RL Burnside, Jr. Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak; touring the world, making classic records and doing the all-night boogie at Jr's Juke Joint and Otha's BBQ Goat picnics -- the music and the culture rich as the black Mississippi dirt. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi Blues legacy while playing and shaking it down at the juke joints with their blues ancestors. Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody (drums and vocals) joined up with bassist Chris Chew to form the core of their own band, The North Mississippi Allstars. Through the filter of generations of Mississippi Blues men, the Allstars pioneered their own blues-infused rock and roll and continue to do so. The band hit the road with the release of their first record, Shake Hands With Shorty, Grammy-nominated for "Best Contemporary Blues Album." Bringing their hill country blues-infused rock & roll to stages all over the country and the world (including multiple tours in Europe and Asia), the Allstars quickly gained a loyal fan base, and to date have released six full-length albums. The bands's third record, Phantom Record also received a Grammy nod.
The London Souls Biography
Praised by former Idolator editor-in-chief Maura Johnston as "amazingly tight... swampy rock music that should make any lazy rock radio programmer rethink the word 'grunge'" and credited as "an absolute must-see" by The Tripwire, The London Souls' unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formula recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash, Kiyoshi, and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band's formation in 2008, building a fervent fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for explosive live performances.