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R. L. Burnside

R. L. BurnsideBorn: 23-Nov-1926
Birthplace: Lafayette County, MS
Died: 1-Sep-2005
Location of death: Memphis, TN
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Free Springs CME Church Cemetery, Harmontown, MS

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Ass Pocket of Whiskey

Originally a sharecropper, R. L. Burnside Became a blues guitarist after hearing John Lee Hooker's work, and, while playing since he was a teenager, he did not make his first recording until 1967. He moved to Chicago in the 1950s but returned to Mississippi in 1959 after both his brother and uncle were murdered there. Other important musical influences include his close friend Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters (married to his first cousin). A 1991 documentary, Deep Blues, produced by Dave Stewart, gave him substantial exposure. His albums (on which he tends to play electric, not acoustic, guitar) are dirty and tend to the misogynistic.

Wife: Alice Mae (m. 50 years, thirteen children)
Son: Joseph
Son: Daniel

    Open Heart Surgery 1999
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

    Tempted (7-Sep-2001) · Himself
    Big Bad Love (12-May-2001) · Himself
    Deep Blues (1991)

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