World Boogie Is Here - MCR 12.11.13
One day in about the year 2000 or 2001, I received a valuable invitation. More than that, it was an education and an initiation. A musically hip friend of mine from Chicago was heading to Memphis for a show at the kind of joint you’d have a hard time finding without an insider’s guidance. For one strange and magic night, some of the core artists of North Mississippi hill country blues were playing at an out-of-the-way bar called The Madison Flame. It was the first time I experienced the late great Otha Turner’s fife-and-drum ensemble, which paraded around the room with roiling snares and marching band bass drum. Raspy, rascally T-Model Ford (deceased this year sadly) played stopmy electric original songs like “Chicken Head Man.” And capping it off was a relatively new, mixed-race band called the North Mississippi Allstars.