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Friday 6 March 2020 8pm

Come and see why Cedric Burnside is making a name for himself as one of the best blues acts touring the world right now.

The Grammy-nominated 39-year-old still lives on several acres not far from the Mississippi home where he was raised by “Big Daddy,” his grandfather, the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside. Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced) by Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner, as well as delta musicians T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones. Cedric’s latest album Benton Country Relic offers a showcase for his electric and acoustic guitar. And while Cedric humbly refers to himself in the album’s title, the music within is anything but ancient, the rich tradition of Hill country blues dragged kicking and screaming into the modern-day with crackling electricity amid its nod to life’s essentials. If the blues has traditionally been about getting through hard times, this album offers the kind of deep baring of the soul that enables us to transcend oppression, whether in the 19th century or in the precarious present. Burnside has brought music that started as an expression of grief and a will to survive into a modern-day art form that is both timely and timeless, a glimpse of myth and insight into the human condition. “Back in the day, it wasn’t heard as music, but more like ‘somebody help me, I want to get out of this situation,’” says Cedric. “These days, anybody can have the blues. Some people deal with loss by going out and getting drunk or even killing themselves. The blues is about surviving through those hard times, telling the world what you’ve been through, and how you came out of it.” Touring with collaborator Brian Jay to promote the new album, Cedric eschews politics in favour of the personal.  “I know there’s a lot going on in the world,” he says. “But I try to give it all to God and let Him handle it.  Politics divides people. The blues brings them together. A bluesman has to find a way to make it through.” Cedric Burnside isn’t content with just making it through. On Benton County Relic, he brings the blues alive for a new generation of fans weaned on the likes of White Stripes and the Black Keys. And why not? That’s all he’s ever known.

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Friday 6 March 2020
8pm

Come and see why Cedric Burnside is making a name for himself as one of the best blues acts touring the world right now.

The Grammy-nominated 39-year-old still lives on several acres not far from the Mississippi home where he was raised by “Big Daddy,” his grandfather, the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside. Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced) by Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner, as well as delta musicians T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones.

Cedric’s latest album Benton Country Relic offers a showcase for his electric and acoustic guitar. And while Cedric humbly refers to himself in the album’s title, the music within is anything but ancient, the rich tradition of Hill country blues dragged kicking and screaming into the modern-day with crackling electricity amid its nod to life’s essentials. If the blues has traditionally been about getting through hard times, this album offers the kind of deep baring of the soul that enables us to transcend oppression, whether in the 19th century or in the precarious present.

Burnside has brought music that started as an expression of grief and a will to survive into a modern-day art form that is both timely and timeless, a glimpse of myth and insight into the human condition. “Back in the day, it wasn’t heard as music, but more like ‘somebody help me, I want to get out of this situation,’” says Cedric. “These days, anybody can have the blues. Some people deal with loss by going out and getting drunk or even killing themselves. The blues is about surviving through those hard times, telling the world what you’ve been through, and how you came out of it.”

Touring with collaborator Brian Jay to promote the new album, Cedric eschews politics in favour of the personal.  “I know there’s a lot going on in the world,” he says. “But I try to give it all to God and let Him handle it.  Politics divides people. The blues brings them together. A bluesman has to find a way to make it through.”

Cedric Burnside isn’t content with just making it through. On Benton County Relic, he brings the blues alive for a new generation of fans weaned on the likes of White Stripes and the Black Keys. And why not? That’s all he’s ever known.

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PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre & Love Police

CATEGORY:
Popular Music

DURATION:
Approximately 120 minutes. Including Interval.

WARNINGS:
This performance contains fog/haze effects.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is suitable for children.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
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