After releasing their new recording, Freedom & Dreams, North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne hit the road performing shows together billed as North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne present NMO. The tour took them on a swing up the East Coast in late February, with a stop at The Capitol Theater on 2/27/15.
The show opened with Luther Dickinson and Anders Osborne on acoustic guitars for two songs, followed by a short quirky set by North Mississippi Allstars (Luther Dickinson - guitars and vocals, Lightnin’ Malcolm on bass, and Cody Dickinson on drums.) NMA did a medley of songs that never seemed to takeoff. NMA songs need to breathe and grow, and the short medley didn’t seem to serve them well.
The Anders Osborne Band (Anders - guitar and vocals, Carl Dufrene on bass and Brady Blade on drums) followed with a long set of Anders’ tunes. The set was a mixed bag and the band was joined on many songs by Luther, Lightnin’, and Cody, in various combinations. NMA followed with a rollicking, upbeat set of their hill country blues rock that was the high point of the show for me. Well received by the sell-out crowd, everyone left satisfied and exhausted.