Luther Dickinson Celebrates the Release of “Ballads and Blues” at Shangri-La Records

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When I heard that Luther Dickinson would be having a performance and album release party at Shangri-La Records on February 13, I naively had assumed it would be indoors, completely forgetting that there is no place indoors in the record shop where such a show could be held. As such, the event was held outside, and with it being February, the weather was extremely chilly indeed. But a decent crowd braved the elements to hear Luther perform songs from his new album “Blues and Ballads: A Folksinger’s Songbook, duly aided and abetted by the lovely Sharde Thomas on drums, while the good folks at Beale Street Caravan recorded the day’s proceedings. All in all, a chilly day for a worthwhile reason.



Kicking Off A New Year With Lightning Malcolm at Red’s

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It may have been cold outside, but the new year got off to a hot start at Red’s Lounge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, with a live performance by Lightning Malcolm, one of the youngest generation of bluesmen who were mentored by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough and who help to preserve the unique Hill Country style of Mississippi blues. As for Red’s, it is really one of the last juke joints still functioning on a more-or-less regular basis, and one of the few places in the Delta where the state’s best blues artists appear frequently. The little lounge is routinely filled to the brim, as it was on this particular night as Malcolm treated the crowd to a mix of blues standards and material from his latest album Rough Out There. Not only was the club filled, but the dance floor as well.

See, what had happened was….

At some point in March, The Frontline Music.com went down, and I didn’t even know it. I was working 14-hour days at my new job out at the Memphis airport, and I wasn’t even aware that my blog domain had expired. Worse, when I did become aware of it, it was too late to renew the domain. So I ended up having to repurchase the domain from someone who acquired it after it went back to the registry, and then wait for the transfer to complete. Finally, as of today, The Frontline Music.com is back up and running. I apologize for the delay, and hope you will check back often for running coverage of the culture, food, music and lifestyle of the post-modern South.