An evening of lowdown, hardcore, gritty blues
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CEDRIC BURNSIDE is the ultimate "ambassador" of North Mississippi Hill Country blues, a form New York Times critic Robert Palmer called a churning, one-chord exercise in mass hypnosis. Cedric first came to fame as a teeneger in his grandfather's (the late great blues legend R.L. Burnside) band. As one-third of the Burnside sound, he developed a reputation for banging the drums very very hard--combining brute power with an innate sense of Hill Country rhythm. After his grandfather's death, Cedric added singing and guitar playing to his arsenal, most notably as half of Two Man Wrecking Crew, for which he won "drummer of the year" at the 2009 Blues Music Awards. Now he's heading his own band, based as always in the deep-blues tradition.
JIMMY "DUCK" HOLMES runs the Blue Front juke joint in Bentonia, one of the oldest in Mississippi. A practitioner of the Bentonia style, the music is characterized by strange tunings, dark themes often sung in falsetto, and an eerie overall quality. Born to sharecroppers in 1947, Duck founded the Bentonia Blues Festival and works as an educator. Alan Lomax recorded him in the '70s. His 2006 debut disc, Back to Bentonia, garnered several Living Blues Awards and put him in front of huge audiences at the Chicago Blues Festival, among others. His 2007 sophomore effort was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year, and National Public Radio listed it as one of the year's top-10 blues albums.