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  • Band members: Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Chris Chew
  • Summary: The latest album from the jam band was recorded after the death of Cody and Luther Dickerson's father and the birth of Luther's child.
  • Record Label: Songs of the South Records
  • Genre(s): Blues, Americana, Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, American Trad Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Southern Rock, Retro-Rock, Boogie Rock
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 5, 2011
    Drummer Cody Dickinson in particular delivers exactly what each song needs, nothing less, and keeps things swinging. It's the kind of unsentimental yet passionate tribute a musical legend and family cornerstone would surely appreciate.
  2. Apr 5, 2011
    Keys to the Kingdom may have been recorded in response to death and birth but it is, more than anything else, a celebration of all that Jim Dickinson held dear in life and music, which are, after all, the same thing.
  3. 70
    Keys to the Kingdom is both a tribute to and a continuation of the Dickinson musical tradition.
  4. Apr 5, 2011
    Deep roots, improvising valor and live-Cream brawn come easily to this trio. Catching it all in the studio has been harder, like juggling snakes and feral cats. Singer-guitarist Luther Dickinson, his drumming brother, Cody, and bassist Chris Chew come close.
  5. Jun 24, 2011
    There's less jamming than on earlier NMA releases, more insistence on songwriting. [Jul 2011, p.108]
  6. Apr 5, 2011
    More song-oriented than some past Allstars efforts and with an emphasis on country and gospel rather than the trio's gut-bucket blues, it wallops undeniable warmth even when the material itself veers from the Dickinsons' natural strengths.