R. L. Burnside

Classic Music Television presents the blues music of R.L. Burnside

Robert Lee Burnside, who is known in the world of blues music as R. L. Burnside, was born into poverty in 1926 in the rural town of Oxford, Mississippi. He played music for most of his life and was widely unknown until the 1990's when he finally began to gain recognition. He passed away in 2005 at the age of 78. Below is film footage mixed with his music and stories of his life. Enjoy! GC

R. L. Burnside - Let My Baby Ride

Next, R. L. Burnside plays Poor Black Mattie in Holly Springs, Mississippi and talks about playing the blues with Mississippi Fred McDowell

R. L. Burnside at home in Independence, Mississippi, shot by Alan Lomax

Next, here are a few scenes from a film titled Deep Blues, where Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics meets R. L. Burnside and learns a few choice picking tricks from the master.



And, last is a film titled Hill Stomp Hollar featuring R. L. Burnside



Read more about the legacy of R. L. Burnside at the site of the record label, Fat Possum Records, the label that is helped expose him more widely toward notoriety he deserved.

;)