R.L. Burnside

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Not to be confused with R. H. Burnside, stage director.

Robert Lee "R. L." Burnside (November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi. He played music for much of his life, but did not receive much attention until the early 1990s. In the latter half of the 1990s, Burnside repeatedly recorded with Jon Spencer, garnering crossover appeal and introducing his music to a new fanbase within the underground garage rock scene.

One commentator noted that Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Paul "Wine" Jones, Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes and James "Super Chikan" Johnson were "present-day exponents of an edgier, electrified version of the raw, uncut Delta blues sound."

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Too Bad Jim R.L. Burnside 4 3
1996 A Ass Pocket of Whiskey R.L. Burnside 5 2
1997 Mr. Wizard R.L. Burnside 2
1997 Sound Machine Groove R.L. Burnside 1
1997 Acoustic Stories R.L. Burnside 1
1997 Mississippi Blues R.L. Burnside 1
1998 Come on In R.L. Burnside 2
1999 My Black Name A-Ringin' R.L. Burnside 1
2000 Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down R.L. Burnside 4 2
2004 A Bothered Mind R.L. Burnside 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Mississippi Hill Country Blues Compilation R.L. Burnside 1
2000 Going Down South Compilation R.L. Burnside / Ranie Burnette / Johnny Woods 1
2001 Well ... Well ... Well Compilation R.L. Burnside 1
2003 Heritage of the Blues: No Monkeys on This Train Compilation R.L. Burnside 1
2003 First Recordings Compilation R.L. Burnside 2
2010 Rollin' & Tumblin' Compilation R.L. Burnside 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Burnside on Burnside Live R.L. Burnside 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Rollin' Tumblin' R.L. Burnside 1

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