Friday, June 18, 2010

R.L. Burnside - A Bluesman's Bluesman

R.L. Burnside was a man who kept the blues alive - even after he died. Much like southern music stalwarts Sam Phillips, Rufus Thomas, and Jim Dickinson, R.L. passed his gift on to the young people in his life assuring the continuation of his craft. His son Cedric Burnside, blues artist Kenny Brown, and The North Mississippi All-Stars have all carried the torch into clubs and arenas around the world as R.L.'s legend continues to grow. Here's looking at you, Mr. Burnside.

R.L. Burnside in north Mississippi
RIP - Nov 23rd, 1926 - Sept 1st, 2005
J. Sacco art for Fat Possum
story/art by Joe Sacco from his book "And I Like It"
Polaroid of Kenny Brown taken while filming a Wild Turkey spot in Holly Springs, MS

portrait by Annie Leibovitz

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