Grammy Nominee The Cedric Burnside Project Drops New Release On February 12 Entitled Backwater Blues

Grammy Nominee The Cedric Burnside Project Drops New Release On February 12 Entitled Backwater Blues

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A brand new multi-cam HD VIDEO and audio single of the classic 1926 Bessie Smith song 'Backwater Blues' performed by The Cedric Burnside Project hits the airwaves on February 12.
—Blues Blast Magazine
Cedric Burnside
Pass the Pick Productions to release new single and video of Grammy nominated The Cedric Burnside Project Release of the Bessie Smith classic “BackwaterBlues" Due Out February 12 via Pass The Pick Productions/BFD/The Orchard.

Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers, who together form The Cedric Burnside Project, are today's living connection to the traditional Mississippi Hill Country Blues genre, and Pass the Pick Productions has captured that spirit and sound with a new video and single of the classic Bessie Smith tune “Backwater Blues". The songstress penned the tune nearly 100 years ago. The new version of the song was recorded and captured live in multi-cam HDTV at actor Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club at “The Crossroads" in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Burnside is the grandson of the late blues legend R.L. Burnside, and son of drummer Calvin Johnson. He has five (5) consecutive Blues Music Awards and was nominated for the sixth time this year. He is also a two-time Grammy nominee.

The “Backwater Blues" track features Burnside on drums and vocals, and Ayers on electric guitar. It is part of an original music series that Paula Kennedy, Bo Harrigan and Johnny Reid of Pass the Pick Productions are producing (Reid also directed the video). The track was mixed by engineer Frank Harris at his Third Wave studio in Oakland, CA. Pass the Pick invited six artists to each pick a song from Sir Paul McCartney's MPL publishing catalog. “Backwater Blues" was the tune that Burnside and Ayers chose to play in front of a live audience.

What the press is saying

“The way that he mixes influences of funk and hip-hop into his time keeping is really something to behold." —Blues Blast Magazine

“Although Hill County Blues is decades old, Burnside's interpretation of the genre cuts deeper than most modern takes." —American Blues Scene

“The two musicians manage to fuse each other's sound in a perfect alchemy, which makes their project the trademark of authentic Mississippi (Hill Country) Blues." —Bluebird Reiews

Also on Pass the Pick: Dexter Allen

Dexter Allen released his newest album on November 30, 2018. The magic was recorded live from “The Crossroads", at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Actor Morgan Freeman is the club owner. The new material was captured in state-of-the-art, multi-track format from the soundboard of a new HD television show.

PASS THE PICK PRODUCTIONS Paula Kennedy, Bo Harrigan and Johnny Reid produced, and the tracks were mixed by Frank Harris in his Third Wave Productions studio in Oakland, CA and Mastered in Nashville by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering. The album is released via Pass the Pick Productions and BFD/The Orchard.

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