North Mississippi Allstars | Live on NPR on Friday

nmas1.jpgNPR and WXPN continue to bring the goods with their live streaming concerts series.

The North Mississippi Allstars will perform Friday at noon (ET) at the World Cafe in Philly, and the show will be streaming at WXPN and NPR.

I never knew they called their style “world boogie.” Whatever it’s called, I’ve generally liked the little bit that I’ve heard. The band recently nabbed their third Grammy nomination for their latest album, called Electric Blue Watermelon, rocked out at the Langerado festival, and are currently on a long U.S. tour taking them all over the map.

Any big NMAS fans out there?

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been a big NMAS fan for a long time. “World boogie” definitely suits their music quite a bit, but I’ve decided that they are at their best when they are re-imagining (see also: modernizing, bringing to larger public attention) the works of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.. their “own” material just doesn’t stand up to the stuff they cribbed from R.L. and Jr… In that vein, ‘Electric Blue Watermelon’ and to some extent ‘Polaris’ fall flat in comparison to NMAS’ early albums..

    A must see/listen/love for any fans of “jam” bands out there, ‘Shake Hands With Shorty’ is a classic (filled with the choicest cuts from the Burnside canon).

    That said, they certainly can rock. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them play live a bunch of times and every time is a treat… Luther does for me on guitar what Warren Haynes does for some other people (…I imagine …I just can’t get into Mule/Haynes. The first time I saw NMAS was opening for Mule and NMAS blew them off the stage, just so much more dynamic and engaging).

    Thanks for reading, I guess I had some thoughts on the topic!

  2. I’ve been a big NMAS fan for a long time. “World boogie” definitely suits their music quite a bit, but I’ve decided that they are at their best when they are re-imagining (see also: modernizing, bringing to larger public attention) the works of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.. their “own” material just doesn’t stand up to the stuff they cribbed from R.L. and Jr… In that vein, ‘Electric Blue Watermelon’ and to some extent ‘Polaris’ fall flat in comparison to NMAS’ early albums..

    A must see/listen/love for any fans of “jam” bands out there, ‘Shake Hands With Shorty’ is a classic (filled with the choicest cuts from the Burnside canon).

    That said, they certainly can rock. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them play live a bunch of times and every time is a treat… Luther does for me on guitar what Warren Haynes does for some other people (…I imagine …I just can’t get into Mule/Haynes. The first time I saw NMAS was opening for Mule and NMAS blew them off the stage, just so much more dynamic and engaging).

    Thanks for reading, I guess I had some thoughts on the topic!

  3. I’ve seen NMAS 7 times, in varied venues. These guys play their hearts out every night and bring the good times.

    I agree that their “newer” stuff isn’t as good as the material on “Shake hands…” or “51 Phantom”, but “Electric Blue Watermelon” has some mean cuts and is a fine disk to get your post-winter boogie on.

    Lexington loves NMSA.

  4. I’ve seen NMAS 7 times, in varied venues. These guys play their hearts out every night and bring the good times.

    I agree that their “newer” stuff isn’t as good as the material on “Shake hands…” or “51 Phantom”, but “Electric Blue Watermelon” has some mean cuts and is a fine disk to get your post-winter boogie on.

    Lexington loves NMSA.