Jim White + South Memphis String Band

Friday, February 18, 2011 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater


White’s art-country songs filter found objects—howling men, motor homes—through the Pentecostal sermons he heard growing up in north Florida. A “combination of philosopher and raconteur, country boy and intellectual” (NY Times), he intersperses his shambling, otherworldy songs with rural yarns and improvised metaphysical riffs. He appears with the rattling South Memphis String Band, featuring Hart (Grammy-winning bluesman), Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers), and Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars & Black Crowes): halfway between preservationists and cut-ups, the superstars channel a jugband tradition that’s itself sacred and irreverent at once.

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