Renowned bluesman Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside, has released new single “Ain’t Gonna Take No Mess” from his upcoming album ‘Benton County Relic’ out September 14 on Alabama’s Single Lock Records (Dylan LeBlanc, John Paul White, Nicole Atkins, St. Paul & The Broken Bones).
Billboard premiered the track saying, “Ain’t Gonna Take No Mess…rides a tough, muscular groove that would be a comfortable fit for Led Zeppelin or Jack White.”
“Ain’t Gonna Take No Mess” follows gritty first single “We Made It” a matter-of-fact recitation of Cedric’s poverty-stricken childhood without running water, radio or TV (“I come from nothin’/I done been lower than low/I keep my head straight/No matter how low I go”). Afropunk premiered the “We Made It” video and claimed, “It’s a song about strength, resilience, and hope that shows there’s a lot of life left in the classic country blues sound.”
Burnside was Grammy-nominated in 2015 for Best Blues Album for the Cedric Burnside Project’s ‘Descendants of Hill Country’, and was the recipient of the Blues Music Awards honour as Drummer of the Year for four consecutive years. With ‘Benton County Relic’, Burnside showcases his electric and acoustic guitar prowess, recording the record in just two days with drummer/slide guitarist Brian Jay in the latter’s Brooklyn home studio. While Burnside draws upon a tradition that’s decades old, the tracks on ‘Benton County Relic’ sound more immediate and cut deeper than any other artists recent attempt to interpret the blues.
As the grandson of Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, Cedric has been playing music his whole life. He has performed and recorded with countless musicians, including Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, T Model Ford, Bobby Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion among many others. In 2006, he was featured in Craig Brewer’s critically acclaimed feature film ‘Black Snake Moan’, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. (The film is a loose tribute to R.L. Burnside, and gives many nods to the late bluesman.)
Cedric will support the release with a series of European dates, to be announced in the near future.