Spotlight Series: Cedric Burnside Project

Spotlight_Series_cedric_burnside_projectTomorrow night, GRAMMY-nominated veteran Levitt performer, Cedric Burnside will treat Levitt AMP New Albany audiences to an evening of hill country blues with the Cedric Burnside Project! This will be Burnside’s fifth performance on a Levitt stage and his second Levitt performance of the season, after his recent show at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks.

As the son of blues drummer Calvin Jackson and grandson of renowned blues singer/songwriter R.L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside has been playing music his entire life. By the time Burnside reached the age of 13, he had already taken to the stage, touring with his grandfather—or “Big Daddy”—holding down the rhythm section as R.L.’s drummer. Check out the video below of Burnside backing his legendary grandfather on the drums.

Although his grandfather is no longer living, Burnside continues to follow his “Big Daddy’s” simple words of wisdom, to “treat people like [you want] to be treated, and just try to be the best you can be.”

In striving to be his best, Burnside has taken home four Memphis Blues Music Awards for “Best Drummer” (2010-2014) and a 2016 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Blues Album.” Check out the video below of Burnside performing a track off his GRAMMY-nominated album, Descendants of Hill Country (2015).

Don’t miss your chance to experience Burnside live and for free tomorrow night at Levitt AMP AlbanyNot in the area? You’re in luck. Burnside will be making additional appearances throughout the 2016 Levitt concert season, including a free 7/15 performance at Levitt Shell Memphis. Stay tuned for updates!

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