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  • Barry Mazor
    Sep 1 2:14 PM
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      R. L. Burnside
      November 21, 1926 - September 1, 2005

      We at Fat Possum are sad to announce that R.L. Burnside died today at his hospital room in

      Blues artist R.L. Burnside, who redefined the blues genre by incorporating indie rock
      acts and hip-hop production, died September 1, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis,
      Tennessee. Burnside was born November 21, 1926, in Harmontown, Mississippi, and spent
      most of his life in the north Mississippi hill country, where he worked as a sharecropper
      and a commercial fisherman and played guitar at weekend house parties. In 1968, noted
      folklorist George Mitchell recorded Burnside for the first time. In 1991 Burnside was the
      first artist signed to then-fledgling Fat Possum Records in Oxford, Mississippi. His debut,
      "Too Bad Jim," was produced by former New York Times pop critic Robert Palmer. Along
      with his friend, neighbor, and label-mate Junior Kimbrough, Burnside was one of the most
      popular and important blues musicians to emerge in the last two decades. He recorded the
      crossover collaboration "A Ass Pocket of Whiskey" with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in
      1996 and became a cult hero. In 1998, music from "Come On In" was featured in several
      movies and television shows, including The Sopranos. Burnside sold hundreds of
      thousands of records in his lifetime. He is survived by his wife Alice Mae, twelve children,
      and numerous grandchildren.

      Those wishing to help should send donations to:

      Freeland & Freeland Trust Account
      Burnside Memorial
      P. O. Box 269
      Oxford, MS 38655
      All proceeds will go directly to RL's widow, Alice Mae.

      Photo by David
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