January 8, 2009 - As the sons of legendary music producer Jim Dickinson, Luther and Cody Dickinson were almost preordained to be musicians. Growing up exposed to the sounds of Mississippi Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside, the brothers--along with Chris Chew--were inspired to form a band in 1996. Named for the region they call home, North Mississippi Allstars were born.
September 1, 2005 - Blues artist R. L. Burnside--who gained widespread notoriety in the 1990s by successfully combining raw blues with modern electronica, indie-rock and hip-hop-style production--died Thursday (9/1). He was 78.
January 5, 2001 - Veteran Mississippi Delta bluesman R.L. Burnside, who received much critical acclaim for his October 2000 release “Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down” (Fat Possum/Epitaph), will open a short West Coast tour on Jan. 19 in Vancouver.