James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (1941-2009) played a central role in the North Mississippi and Memphis blues scene for many decades as a producer, vocalist and pianist. Jim Dickinson is best known as the producer of rock artists including Big Star and the Replacements and for his session work with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
Dickinson went to the Hernando library and checked out a book on Memphis blues music and learned about the famed Memphis Jug Band. He later found Furry Lewis and learned all he could from him before going on to collaborate with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, T-Model Ford, Sid Selvidge and Big Star among others.
Sons Luther and Cody formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996, a leading blues rock group for the last several decades. Both have also been involved with many side projects with blues, soul and gospel artists.