2009 Artist Lineup

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm

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CEDRIC BURNSIDE, grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13, playing drums for “Big Daddy” on stages around the globe. Cedric was born in 1978 and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, and has been playing music all his life, developing a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style with strong hip-hop and funk influences. An equally adept songwriter and surprisingly powerful vocalist, Cedric brings new life and energy to the Blues. Guitarist LIGHTNIN’ MALCOLM was born in 1974 in rural Missouri, and enjoyed the freedom of country life, quickly learning to entertain himself and others around him. Growing up in a little village called Burgess in a country house next to the KCS Railroad that ran from Kansas City to New Orleans, the train has always been a theme in Malcolm’s music, as well as the inspiration for the steady, insistent bass rhythms of rural dance music. Skilled on guitar, bass, and drums, Malcolm is an in demand session player with a telepathic sense of how to follow the older archaic styles. Over the years the two have made friends and worked with the some of the very best Mississippi Blues legends including Cedell Davis, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr, Otha Turner, Robert Belfour and Hubert Sumlin, in addition to the younger generation of musicians including the North Mississippi All-Stars. Together Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm have crafted a sound reminiscent of such minimalist rock duos as The Black Keys or The White Stripes, while still retaining a sound uniquely their own by featuring original music, drums, guitar and dual vocal harmonies, and fusing Soul, Hip-Hop, and Funk with electrifying Blues power that’s contemporary and traditional all at the same time. So get ready for an authentically swampy and raggedly stomping juke joint affair that is deeply rooted in the rich musical legacy of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues of the Delta. It’s old school, but it’s got that beat and electricity that’s gonna make people move!

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