The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing
voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader
of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and
throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born‐in‐the‐
bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture.
Think Delta highways, bowling‐pin Budweisers and “catfish music” for the masses.
Jimbo Mathus remains a rising-star powerhouse that feeds the soul. His latest
band, The Tri-State Coalition, features solid talent cut from the same Delta cloth.
Mathus describes Tri-State’s sound as “...a true Southern amalgam of blues, white
country, soul and rock‐n roll. As Dickinson would say, ‘If you don’t like this, there
is seriously something wrong with you.’”