R.L. Burnside

Real Name:R. L. Burnside

Born: November 21, 1926, either Harmontown, College Hill or Blackwater Creek all of which are in the rural part of Lafayette County, Mississippi
Died: September 1, 2005, Memphis, Tennessee; buried at Free Springs Cemetery in Harmontown, MS.

His first name is given as R.L., Rural (which is on his tombstone), Robert Lee, Rule, or Ruel. His father left him early on and he grew up in his large family including his mother, grandparents and several siblings. Started playing harmonica and guitar at age 16 learning from Mississippi Fred McDowelll. R.L. credited Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker as influences. Muddy Waters was his cousin-in-law. While living in Chicago in the late-1940's his father and two uncles were murdered in the same year which he sang about and referenced often in his songs. He returned to Mississippi and working through the 1980's as a sharecropper and a commercial fisherman selling what he caught door-to-door. He started to receive recognition in the 1990's.

Father of Garry Burnside
Father-in-law of Calvin Jackson (3)
Grandfather of Cedric Burnside , , , Wikipedia
In Groups:R.L. Burnside & The Sound Machine
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