Cedric Burnside: “Hill country blues hardly ever uses the I-IV-V. It’s off the beaten path, it’s unorthodox, it’s unpredictable“

Cedric Burnside
(Image credit: Abraham Rowe)

Aged just 13, Cedric Burnside was immersed in playing blues music with his grandfather, aka “Big Daddy” – the legendary R.L. Burnside. 

Now commander-in-chief of the second generation of hill country blues, the younger Burnside’s latest album, I Be Trying, encapsulates the past, present and future of a whole genre in a way that only he could. 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.