The Southern Soul Assembly, composed of members Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne, plotted a stop in Nashville, Tenn. on March 20 at War Memorial Auditorium.
One of their early dates on their tour, the show began with Broussard opening the night before passing the torch onto Grey and then Osborne for “Me and Lola” to start the revolution of song and storytelling.
As each artist shared their stories of the South, Dickinson told of his Mississippi upbringing while he gave insight to songs like “Goin’ Country” where he said he wrote portions of the song traveling late at night from Nashville to Memphis rolling down Interstate 40. Dickinson also played the role of the multi-instrumentalist at times as he mixed in various string instruments throughout the show.
At the same time, Broussard took opportunities to pay respect to his home place and exclaimed with pride “Louisiana is my paradise.”
While the set was stripped down, Grey played cuts such as ”99 Shades of Crazy” and “Slow, Hot and Sweaty” while Broussard performed his hit, “Home” among others.
The show found a little more vigor when Osborne plugged in his electric for “Five Bullets” and he also performed one of his older tracks, “Summertime in New Orleans” from his Coming Down album.
With a night filled with a mutual appreciation from the fans and artists alike, an encore was evident as each artist performed one more track with Osborne on “Standing With Angels and Dickinson ran through “Hear the Hills.” Following up these two numbers were Broussard with the slow, melting “Shine” while Grey closed the show with the ever-popular “Lochloosa.”
The Southern Soul Assembly tour has a few more dates and will hit cities such as Birmingham, Ala. and Boston, Mass. before wrapping up on April 12 in Washington, D.C.