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R.L. Burnside

R.L. Burnside - Blues Singer, guitarist (1926 - 2005) Hailing from the hill country of northern Mississippi, R.L. Burnside was a genuine exponent of the droning, rhythmic guitar style characterized by its vigorous performance. R.L. Burnside was born in Layfayette County, near Oxford, Mississippi in 1926. As a young man R.L. moved North into the neighboring Marshall County and began sharecropping. Inspired by John Lee Hooker's '50s hit "Boogie Chillun'," R.L. began singing blues and playing guitar. In addition to the Hooker 45 rpm there were other local forces that influenced R.L as well, such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Ranie Burnette. Fed up with the hopelessness of sharecropping, Burnside migrated to Chicago in hopes of finding economic opportunity

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Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

Read "Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie" reviewed by Martin Longley

Benjamin Booker O2 Academy September 6, 2014 Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many ...

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Beale Street Music Festival 2010

Read "Beale Street Music Festival 2010" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis in May 2010 Tom Lee Park, FedEx Blues Tent, Memphis, Tennessee May 2, 2010 April, indeed, may be the cruelest of months, but I doubt that a blue-blood like Thomas Sterns Eliot ever spent the sweaty seasons in Hell that are Spring and Summer in the cultural ...

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Billy Jones: The Urbanization of Delta Blues

Read "Billy Jones: The Urbanization of Delta Blues" reviewed by David King

It's a long way from the rich, fertile delta lands of North Little Rock, Ark., to the Netherlands, where Billy Jones records for Dutch blues label Black and Tan Records, but it was a route of which he never lost sight. Born into the segregated south, he was exposed to the driving beat of the blues ...

Raw Electric: 1979-80

Label: Inside Sounds
Released: 2002
Track listing: My Woman Done Left Me/ You Don’t Love Me/ Dust My Broom/ Pretty Woman/ Last Night (I Lost the Best Friend I Ever Had)/ Slippin’ and Slidin’/ Going Down South/ Rolling and Tumbling/ How Many More Years/ Well, Well, Well/ Leave Me and My Woman Alone (Friend of Mine)/ My Baby Caught the Train (Who’s Been Talkin’)/ Scrambling For My Shoes (Walking Blues)/ Sitting on Top of the World/ Searching For My Baby/ Going Away, Baby/ Jumper Hanging Out on the Line.

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R.L. Burnside & The Sound Machine: Raw Electric: 1979-80

Read "Raw Electric: 1979-80" reviewed by Derek Taylor

In the intensely fickle proving ground of the music business probability of success routinely defies prognostication. This is particularly true in the realms of niche genres such as blues. A musician can struggle and toil for decades before lightning strikes thrusting him or her into the pale and often fleeting limelight that is public adulation. Bluesman ...


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