R. L. Burnside – Delta Force

This day (September 1, 2005), in Oxford, Mississippi, died R. L. Burnside, an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

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Wikipedia : This day (September 1, 2005), in Oxford, Mississippi, died R. L. Burnside, an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

R. L. Burnside : Inspired by John Lee Hooker’s ’50s hit Boogie Chillun’, R.L. began singing blues and playing guitar. In addition to the Hooker 45 rpm there were other local forces thatinfluenced R.L as well, such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Ranie Burnette. Fed up with the hopelessness of sharecropping, Burnside migrated to Chicago in hopes of finding economic opportunity. R.L.’s first recordings appeared on a 1967 Arhoolie compilation. Although R.L.preferred electric guitar, the fashion of the day dictated that he berecorded acoustically. These recordings earned Burnside enough of areputation to play festivals and tours at home and abroad.

R. L. Burnside@allmusic : North Mississippi guitarist R.L. Burnside was one of the paragons of state-of-the-art Delta juke joint blues

R. L. Burnside@last.fm : Burnside had a powerful, expressive voice and played both electric and acoustic guitars (both with a slide and without). His drone-based style was a characteristic of North Mississippi hill country blues rather than Mississippi Delta blues. Like other country blues musicians, he did not always adhere to 12- or 16-bar blues patterns, often adding extra beats according to his preference. He called this “Burnside style” and often commented that his backing musicians needed to be familiar with his style in order to be able to play along with him. His earliest recordings, like those of John Lee Hooker, sound very similar in their vocal and instrumental style. Many of his songs do not have chord changes, but use the same chord or repeating bass line throughout, giving his music a hypnotic feel. His vocal style is characterized by a tendency to “break” into falsetto briefly (usually at the ends of long notes).

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