Cedric Burnside, grandson of reputed bluesman R.L. Burnside, released his self-produced album, Descendants of Hill Country, last year, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album of 2015. With this hill country blues record, Cedric is keeping his ancestors’ distinctive, percussion-heavy beats of hypnotic boogie alive. Not to be confused with Delta blues, theirs is an unwritten groove that lived mostly undiscovered in North Mississippi juke joints and private house parties until the 1990s, and has since influenced rock artists like The Black Keys. We had the great honor of dressing Cedric for the Grammy awards ceremony, and it’s no surprise that during a fitting at our Florence store, Billy and Cedric became fast friends, complete with an impromptu jam session.
The Journal spoke with Cedric about hill country blues, his music-rich family, his roots and the famous artists who influenced him along the way. Photographer David Paul Jones documented the fitting and contributed images of Cedric on stage for the Journal.
Originally published February, 2016