Coldwater, Miss.: These Hills Are Alive

A hot little band brings the hill-country blues to a new audience of Gen Y kids--proving once more that the blues springs eternal

Near the town of Coldwater in Tate County, Miss., where the kudzu hills rise gently from the Delta flatlands in the west, there's a gravel track that runs through stands of scrub oak and pine to reach a dusty clearing: two single-wide trailers, a small vegetable patch, a bluetick hound sleeping in the lee of a faded green Lincoln. Music is in the air--the fierce, hypnotic boogie known as hill-country blues--because this is the headquarters of the North Mississippi Allstars.

A hot little blues-rock band that's bringing the sound of the Mississippi hills to a brand-new audience, the Allstars are three...

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