Luther Dickinson – Magic Music For Family Folk


Luther Dickinson - Magic Music For Family Folk

Luther Dickinson – Magic Music For Family Folk
Format: CD – Vinyl LP – Digital
Label: New West Records
Release: 2023

Release date: November 17, 2023

As a father and touring musician I made this album to keep my kids company in my absence, hopefully for them to sing along with in their mom’s car. These songs evoke memories of my mother playing her Martin parlor guitar and of my father, at the family turntable, telling stories about Furry Lewis and Gus Cannon or explaining a song’s meaning. I wanted to share these childhood favorites with my kids.

This collection of childhood favorites was recorded for fun, at home, with family and friends in the spirit of sharing. Everyone is welcome. I wanted to share these songs with my kids and my friend’s kids as well as expose my daughters to the joy of learning, performing and recording music that my father shared with me.

The recording was largely done in 2017 during dinner parties, sleep overs and play dates, either in a family style social setting or while the kids slept. After burning rough mix CDs for the family car, I set the project aside until 2023. Finishing the album with fresh ears album benefitted from my film score work done in 2020 and 21. I love letting projects simmer on the back burner until the time is right. The perspective of time can’t be bought or faked. My daughters sang on the album, both in 2017 and in 2023. Overdubbing my daughters on top of their younger vocals, 6 years later, was a unique sensation and document of their youth. You can hear my youngest daughter sneeze and improvise wordless melodies but my oldest daughter stole the show after her first overdub party, taking me aside and asking “don’t you get paid for singing on a record?” – Luther Dickinson


01. Are You Sure
02. They All Ask’d For You
03. Crawdad
04. Old Blue
05. Beulah Land
06. Old Hen
07. Turkey in the Straw
08. Chicken
09. Boom Boom
10. Pay Day
11. Whatever River