Personalities | R.L. Burnside | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1926–2005)

Sharecropper Rural ‘R.L.’ Burnside was inspired to learn guitar by his north Mississippi neighbours Mississippi Fred McDowell and Ranie Burnette, as well as John Lee Hooker records. He first recorded in the 1960s, but his career ignited after he appeared in the documentary Deep Blues (1991) and released Too Bad Jim (1994) on Fat Possum, a label based in Burnside’s birthplace of Oxford, Mississippi. Along with Junior Kimbrough, this potent rhythm and slide guitarist and singer was responsible for the 1990s juke-blues revival.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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