Cedric Burnside: ‘These days everybody has the blues’

Cedric Burnside started touring when he was just 13 years old. His grandfather, R.L. Burnside, helped create the unique sound of Mississippi Hill Country Blues and Cedric has embraced that legacy. He’s been recognized as one of the best Blues musicians in America several times over. Mississippi is where American music was born, but many of its creators never reaped the financial rewards that others would find using their sound. On this episode of the Reckon Interview, Burnside discusses his latest album “I Be Trying,” as well as what keeps him rooted in Mississippi and why he’s so committed to carrying on the family tradition.

Burnside will perform at ShoalsFest in Florence on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

All the songs included in the episode is from “I Be Trying,” produced by Single Lock Records. You can purchase the album and find Cedric Burnside’s upcoming tour dates at

A full transcript of the podcast is available here on

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John Hammontree

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John Hammontree is a co-founder of Reckon. He currently serves as Executive Producer of Reckon Radio, host of the Reckon Interview podcast, and author of The Conversation, a weekly newsletter that digs into ideas, perspectives and people that you're not likely to find in other media.

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