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Duke Arts Presents

Music in the Gardens: Cedric Burnside

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 7:00 pm

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Part of an outstanding multi-generational musical birthright that includes his father Calvin Jackson and genre-pioneering grandfather R. L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside literally grew up in the blues. Living in his patriarch’s home for much of his youth without the benefit of running water, the drummer absorbed the wonder and woe of the genre, his upbringing uniquely suiting him for the subject matter. In addition to performing and recording with his elders and relatives prior to their passing, he’s featured on albums by artists including Jimmy Buffett and Jimbo Mathus, as well as in a duo with guitarist Lightnin’ Malcolm. While most of his own albums have come under his namesake Cedric Burnside Project, last year’s GRAMMY award-nominated Benton County Relic excised the extraneous qualifier as he showcased and built upon the rich North Mississippi hill country sound for which his family became known.

Duke Performances’ 2019 Music in the Gardens is made possible, in part, with support from Duke Continuing Studies, Duke Summer Session & The Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Cedric Burnside 'We Made It'

“Cedric's music, though, is no mere retread of the past; connected intimately to his own life, each song feels like it has been hewn from his soul.”

Clash Magazine