MUD BOY & THE NEUTRONS Known Felows In Drag lp 1986
Shake Your Money Maker / Little Queenie / Brownsville / Can't Feel At Home / Bamalama / Codine / Back In The USA / Memphis Blues Again / Bo Diddley.
Produced by J. Dickinson.
Mud Boys: James Luther Dickinson: vocals, keyboards, guitar / Lee Baker: vocals, lead guitar / Jimmy Crosthwait: percussions, drums / Sid S.Selvidge: rhythm guitar.
The Neutrons: Doug Garrison, Ed Hollis, Jim Lancaster, Jerome Miller, Carl Narvell, Jerry Phillips, Richard Rosebrough.
A longtime staple of the Memphis music scene, producer Jim Dickinson helmed sessions for successive generations of cult heroes spanning from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Big Star to the Replacements, additionally lending his keyboard talents to recordings from Ry Cooder, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and others. Dickinson began his career during the mid-'60s, emerging as a sought-after session player through recordings with everyone from Petula Clark to Arlo Guthrie to the Flamin' Groovies; in 1971, he appeared on the Stones' classic "Sticky Fingers", and that same year collaborated with Cooder on "Into the Purple Valley", the first in a series of solo albums and soundtracks with the famed guitarist. In 1972, Dickinson issued his first solo LP, "Dixie Fried"; around that time he also formed Mud Boy & the Neutrons, a legendary local band featuring Delta bluesmen Sid Selvidge, Lee Baker, and Jimmy Crosswaith. Mud Boy & The Neutrons released two albums on New Rose Records and Koch International reissued their first album in cd with live bonus tracks under the title of "Walk Among Us". They temporarily disbanded, but reformed in 2005 to perform at a festival of Memphis music held at The Barbican in London. This concert was filmed but to date remains unreleased.The group has always been known for deliberately making their offbeat public performances rare, special events; they never toured. Their music style included elements of varying Southern United States-oriented music styles including blues, "swamp" music, R&B, folk music, gospel music, and country.
Much of Dickinson's reputation rests on his 1974 production of Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers", the pioneering Memphis power pop group's abortive final masterpiece -- a record that both literally and figuratively captures the sound of a band falling apart, it was not issued in anything close to its intended form until 1992, its status as an underground classic nevertheless assured through years of unauthorized releases. His work with former Big Star frontman Alex Chilton continued on 1979's disastrous "Like Flies on Sherbert"; the hipster cachet of both projects made Dickinson a sought-after producer among a new generation of bands, and throughout the 1980s his credit appeared on albums from the likes of Jason & the Scorchers, Chris Stamey, Green on Red, the True Believers, and, most notably, the Replacements, whose "Pleased to Meet Me" included their song "Alex Chilton."
Dickinson remained active in the years to follow, working with the likes of Primal Scream, Mudhoney, and Rocket from the Crypt. His sons Luther and Cody also pursued careers in music, forming the band DDT and later leading the North Mississippi Allstars.
Jim Dickinson died August 15, 2009 of heart complications in Memphis, TN at the age of 67, closing out a varied and impressive musical career that had lasted over four decades. Allmusic.com
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