The Word’s The Word (Ropeadope) is a leg-slappin’ gospel album that pays homage to the roots of American music. The CD is a mix of old gospel standards ripped apart and put back together as well as a few original compositions by a group comprised of keyboardist John Medeski (pictured left), steel guitarist Robert Randolph and the North Mississippi Allstars: guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer/electric washboardist Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew.
“Luther and Cody have this certain thing that I thought was gone. This certain southern rock, funky soul, swampy groove feeling. And then we heard these guys and it’s unbelievable. I mean you go to a North Mississippi Allstars show and it’s real rock music. No bullshit. Just swampy, funky rock,” Medeski says.