With The Wood Brothers forced to cancel their much anticipated set at the inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival festival due to a small health issue, the call went out for someone to save the day. That call was answered by none other than J.J. Grey and Luther Dickinson, available due to the unfortunate cancellation of Magnolia Festival, which was forced to close down in the after-effects of Hurricane Matthew. The Southern guitar heroes and songwriting brothers-in-arms from Mofro and the North Mississippi All-Stars fortunately were able to save the day. Reminiscent of Southern Soul Assembly, their occasional collaboration with Anders Osborne and Marc Broussard, the pair traded songs and stories with each other and the crowd, and joined together for a few choice moments.
Our own Rex Thomson is on the scene all weekend, and captured a pair of videos showcasing the back and forth between the dynamic duo. Luther Dickinson got things going strong, pouring his heart and talents into a rousing rendition of “The Meeting,” which you can watch below:
After that rabble rousing call to arms, J.J. brought tears to already misty eyes talking about his experiences during the recent storms and the wonder of being reminded at our insignificance in the fave of Mother Nature’s awe inspiring might. Give a listen to the moving speech by Grey and the song that followe, below:
Look for lots more photos and videos to come next week in our jam packed round up of all the fun at the first annual Suwannee Roots Revival!