South Memphis String Band – Home Sweet Home


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Release Date:  2009

Label:  Memphis International


Track List

1. Jesse James 4:23
2. Deep Blue Sea 2:44
3. Old Hen 3:23
4. Worry ‘Bout Your Own Backyard 2:51
5. Things Is ‘Bout Coming My Way 3:58
6. Let Your Light Shine On Me 3:41
7. The Carrier Line 4:59
8. Bloody Bill Anderson 4:31
9. Eighteen Hammers 2:01
10. Bootlegger’s Blues 4:39
11. Dixie Darling 2:48
12. Home Sweet Home 3:56



  • Alvin Youngblood Hart – guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
  • Luther Dickinson – guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Jimbo Mathus – guitar, vocals



When Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus got together to make music, it certainly wasn’t out of commercial consideration. This troika of roots-imbued musical pros coalesced through a shared vision and consuming passion for the music of their forebears, most notably the Mississippi Sheiks, Memphis Jug Band, Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers and other practitioners of pre-blues era roots sounds.

Home Sweet Home, their first album, showcases their passion for the old timey tradition that is underscored by the group’s name: South Memphis String Band. South Memphis, of course, is that rough and tumble area of the Bluff City extending from downtown to the Mississippi border, and beyond. It’s where Stax Records as well as, literally, hundreds of churches thrived. The sacred and profane, holy rolling and dice rolling, were cheek by jowl in old South Memphis and its modern day namesake reflects that ecumenicism quite brilliantly. For Luther, Alvin and Jimbo, South Memphis is more of a musical state of mind than a specific geographical location.

They’ve been called a “regional roots music supergroup” but the alliance of Dickinson (from the North Mississippi Allstars and, of late, the Black Crowes), Hart (the Grammy winner who is as equally adept at thrash rock as he is at country blues) and Mathus (of the Squirrel Nut Zippers) is more like three good friends just putting it down in a very traditional way. Mathus explained, “Luther, Youngblood Hart and myself have been musical co-conspirators for over a decade. It is only fitting that we should come together with acoustic instruments and perform Mississippi music.”


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