Born and raised in Holly Springs, Miss., Cedric Burnside has been playing music all his life. His relentless, highly rhythmic style takes the blues to another level. A four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Awards Drummer of the Year award, he is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. He’s begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist, as well.
Growing up at the side of his grandfather, the legendary R.L. Burnside, he recalls a childhood without radio or TV. “My granddad used to play out on the porch, and we’d have house parties every weekend. Johnny Woods would come over and blow harmonica, and he’d drink two or three gallons of corn liquor. We just stomped up dirt.”
With his grandfather, he began touring at age 13, playing drums on stages around the globe. Today, he has played and recorded with countless musicians, including Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. As for his own music, he writes, he says, about “my life, my kids, and everyday things. I try to stick to the truth.”
Cedric regularly tours with childhood friend Trenton Ayers. Son of guitarist Earl “Little Joe” Ayers, Trenton grew up in North Mississippi, and is known both for his deep knowledge of the blues and his virtuoso skills on guitar and bass. Their latest album, Descendants of Hill Country, was nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album of the Year.
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