Duwayne Burnside

Posted on 
February 28, 2022
4:13 pm

As one of 14 children born to legendary musician R.L. Burnside, Duwayne Burnside started learning licks on the guitar before he could even hold it himself. Growing up in North Mississippi, close to Memphis, he honed his skills playing around town and performing hill country blues tunes with his father’s family band, Sound Machine Groove. By the late 1990s, Burnside was a frequent performer with the North Mississippi Allstars, the Soul Blues Boys, Bobby “Blue” Band, Little Jimmy King, B.B. King, Albert King, and many others. 

Burnside moved to Memphis to open Burnside Kitchen and Grill, his own club near Highway 61. He played weekly, booked the talent, and even cooked and tended bar. In 1998, he traveled to Los Angeles to record his first album, “Live at the L.A. Mint” as Duwayne Burnside and the Mississippi Mafia. His big break came in 2001 after his first performance with the North Mississippi All Stars in Birmingham, Alabama. Impressed by his natural musical and performance instincts, the group invited him to tour with them for 250 days a year. 

Burnside traveled with the All Stars until 2004, when he felt called to return to the club scene in Holly Springs. He opened another club there, Burnside Blues Cafe, and formed a new band with old friends. Burnside released his latest album, “UNDER GREAT PRESSURE,” in 2005 and continues to tour today.

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