Despite the locale in their name, the North Mississippi Allstars are actually Tennessee royalty. The Dickinson brothers, drummer Cody and guitarist Luther, are the sons of legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, who recorded the Replacements and Spiritualized, among others. Dad used to take the boys on the road, where they learned from masters of the craft. After starting out playing punk at a young age, the brothers moved on to the blues and have now evolved into a raw-throated Southern roots-rock band. The influence of their namesake state comes in the form of bassist Chris Chew and second guitarist Duwayne Burnside, son of the legendary Hill Country bluesman R.L. Burnside.
The North Mississippi Allstars open for Galactic at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $24.99. Call 954-564-1074.