The Dickinson brothers have a new Allstar.
Luther and Cody Dickinson, who started the North Mississippi Allstars 20 years ago, welcomed bass player and singer Danielle Nicole to the group this year. If you ask Luther, describing Danielle Nicole as an Allstar is an understatement.
“She’s a superstar,” Dickinson told Tahoe Onstage. “I love her so much. It’s such a pleasure to work with her.”
Danielle Nicole made her Lake Tahoe debut with the North Mississippi Allstars at a couple of year-end bashes in the Crystal Bay Casino on Dec. 30-31, 2016.
The Allstars’ original bassist was Chris Chew. Lightnin’ Malcolm played with the band for two years from 2013 to 2015.
“Malcolm was such a sweet guy to dedicate so much time on the road with us,” Dickinson said. “He’s a terrific songwriter. He’s got so many projects, he needs to concentrate on doing his own thing.”
Danielle Nicole joined the band before it appeared at the High Sierra Music Festival in July at nearby Quincy, California. For 13 years, she played with her brothers Nick and Kris Schnebelen in the Kansas City trio Trampled Under Foot.
She dropped her last name and began a solo recording career with the September 2015 release of “Wolf Den” with her own all-star band, Anders Osborne, Stanton Moore and Mike “Shinetop Jr.” Sedovic. “Wolf Den” was named Blues Album of the Year by Blues & Soul Magazine and won New Artist Debut Album by Blues Blast Magazine.
“I always search out great singers to work with, like John Hiatt, Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin, Chris Robinson,” Dickinson said. “You really have to have a great singer to take music to a place where we all want to go.”
Dickinson said there will be a new North Mississippi Allstars album in 2017 and Danielle Nicole will sing lead on at least three of the songs.