Anders Osborne and North Mississippi Allstars have teamed up as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osborne) to release the new full length LP “Freedom & Dreams”.

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Fans of roots music are in for a nice surprise with the release of a collaboration album between the North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne, “Freedom & Dreams.”

Branded as a release by North Mississippi Osborne, the album pairs to of the South’s top guitarist, Hernando’s Luther Dickinson and New Orleans’ Osborne.

“Freedom and Dreams is extremely honest and captures NMO’s relaxed chemistry so well, most of these songs did not even have a proper count off or beginning,” said Dickinson in a release. ” We were interested in combining Anders’ singing and songwriting with NMA’s groove and aesthetic to create something unique that neither of us could do without the other — a type of modern Southern folk rock.”

Dickinson describes the Allstars’ version of modern rock as “primitive modernism” that combines blues guitar with danceable beats, in attempt to make the music he learned from Hill County greats R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, more palatable to a younger generation.

Osborne, who was recently named the Crescent City’s best guitarist by the readers of Offbeat Magazine for the third year in a row, fell under the spell of Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and other American musical icons as a teenager. Since relocating to New Orleans in 1985 he has distinguished himself as a songwriter — penning tunes for Keb’ Mo’, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw (the number one hit “Watch the Wind Blow”) and others — and singer of the highest caliber.

“I loved every minute of this recording session,” Osborne said in a release. “Surrounded by such an amazing group of people, filled those four days with non-stop creativity, love and good food! And the record came out sounding just like it, so good. Touring with NMO is going to be the perfect way to celebrate our friendship and musical connection. I can’t wait to share this with everyone!”

Both the North Mississippi Allstars and Osborne have been embraced by fans and critics for their high-spirited ability to capture the heart of the Southern musical tradition within genre-crossing recordings and performances that are original, vital and contemporary.

For the Allstars, led by guitarist-vocalist Luther Dickinson and drummer-vocalist Cody Dickinson, that means blending the roots of the Hill Country blues that’s part of the firmament of their Magnolia State home with powerhouse ’60s rock and the lessons of their father, the late legendary producer, pianist and raconteur Jim Dickinson, then transporting that elixir into the present on waves of six-string distortion, roughhouse lyricism and Mad Hatter sonic inventiveness. The Allstars’ latest album, World Boogie Is Coming, has been praised as “epic in scale” and “career defining,” with the Los Angeles Times proclaiming the recording “chaotic and expansive in the best sense.”

Osborne, who was recently named the Crescent City’s best guitarist by the readers of Offbeat Magazine for the third year in a row, fell under the spell of Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and other American musical icons as a teenager. Since relocating to New Orleans in 1985 he has distinguished himself as a songwriter — penning tunes for Keb’ Mo’, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw (the number one hit “Watch the Wind Blow”) and others — and singer of the highest caliber. Following his recording debut in 1989 he has crafted a series of increasingly honest and adventurous albums culminating in his most recent, Peace. USA Today described the disc as a collection of “fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar.” Osborne recently recorded a new album, planned for a spring or summer release.

“NMO’s primitive modernism agenda strives to combine Mississippi country blues guitar with hard danceable beats, making blues relevant and palatable to a new generation,” explains Dickinson, who is also a solo artist and has toured and recorded with the Black Crowes, John Hiatt, the South Memphis String Band, the Word and the Wandering. “Anders has material that reminds me of our father’s music, and I look forward to playing that.”

NMA has been nominated for three Contemporary Blues Grammy Awards; their music has been described by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke as “cottonfield psychedelic.” Dickinson has been nominated for two Folk Grammys and was recently included in Rolling Stone roster of new Guitar Gods.

North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne NMO – Freedom & Dreams

Label: N.M.O. Records
Release: 17 February 2015

“Freedom & Dreams” Track Listing:

1) “Away for Too Long”
2) “Back Together”
3) “Lonely Love”
4) “Dyin’ Days”
5) “Shining (Spacedust)”
6) Brush Up Against You”
7) “Annabel”
8) “Katrina”
9) “Kings & Peasants”
10) “Many Wise Men”
11) “Junco Pardna”

The eleven songs on the Mark Howard-produced Freedom & Dreams were recorded at Dockside Studios in Louisiana.