If you can continue in your family’s business or footsteps, most of us would at least attempt it, especially if they try to mold us. Cedric Burnside was given a great opportunity by being born into a music-centric family. He is the grandson of the bluesman R.L. Burnside who even had success when his music crossed over into the punk and rock scenes. Cedric was raised in Mississippi and grew up in his grandfather’s house. By 13, he was already an experienced musician and R.L. invited him on a tour that summer. Burnside’s father, Calvin Jackson was the drummer of his band for a while, but Cedric ended up replacing him. Kinda awkward.
Cedric has continued to tour, perform, and record with the ideals, techniques, and morals he learned from his father and grandfather. At 39 years old, he has played with everyone from Jimmy Buffet to Widespread Panic. He has won four Blues Music Awards, one being best drummer in 2014. His band Cedric Burnside Project’s album Descendants of Hill Country was nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy Award in 2016.
Cedric is still keeping at it, releasing two great singles this year nodding at an album that we will hopefully see pretty soon.