North Mississippi Allstars: World Boogie Is Coming
Just when you thought that North Mississippi Allstars couldn’t get any nastier, any funkier, any downright boogier, World Boogie Is Coming comes along. Recorded at the band’s Zebra Ranch Studios in—of course—Mississippi, and produced by brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, the new set, their seventh studio album, is all mud, sweat and beers. It’s what Delta blues would have sounded like a hundred years ago if those cats had figured out electricity. For the sessions, NMA brought in all manner of luminaries, among them one Robert Plant (blowing harp), Alvin Youngblood Hart, and regular associates like Duwayne and Garry Burnside, Chris Chew and Lightnin’ Malcolm. Whatever happened in that studio, it happened with a fire under some asses. “Rollin’ ’n Tumblin’” sounds like it’s being dragged behind the bumper of some weird riverboat/spaceship hybrid, and the sorta title track, Bukka White’s “World Boogie,” is so wickedly mean that Howlin’ Wolf would’ve cried after hearing it.