Award-winning Mississippi bluesman Cedric Burnside releases his album Benton County Relic. Burnside is the grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside and still lives close to the Holly Springs, Mississippi home where he was raised by R.L. His first show with his grandfather (affectionally known as “Big Daddy”) was at ten years old at a juke joint. He now carries the torch of bringing Hill Country Blues to the modern day.
Press has embraced Burnside and Benton County Relic. The artist was recently featured on the prestigious public radio program American Routes. Afropunk premiered the video for the album’s first single “We Made It” and said, “It’s a song about strength, resilience, and hope that shows there’s a lot of life left in the classic country blues sound.” Billboard raved, “That sound on Benton County Relic…is spare, spacious and gritty but with a biting timeless flavor….”
After a number of shows at AmericanaFest 2018, Burnside continues to tour. A list of tour dates are below and at www.cedricburnside.net.
As the grandson of Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, Cedric has been playing music his whole life. He has performed and recorded with countless musicians, including Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, T Model Ford, Bobby Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion among many others. In 2006, he was featured in Craig Brewer’s critically acclaimed feature film Black Snake Moan, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. (The film is a loose tribute to R.L. Burnside, and gives many nods to the late bluesman.)
9/21: Florence, AL – 116 E
9/22: Jackson, MA – Gumbo Festival
9/28: New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
10/6: Aberdeen, MS -Bukka White Blues Festival
10/13: Greenville, MS- Mighty MS Music Festival
10/20: Little Rock, AR – Whitewater Tavern
11/8: Memphis, TN – Lafayette’s