The youngest son of legendary blues musician R. L. Burnside, Grammy-nominated Garry Burnside grew up making music with his dad and performing fun cover songs at parties and other events since he was 11 years old. As a kid in Mississippi, he created his own brand of blues he calls “Funk Hill Country.” Known for his incredibly quick hands, Burnside’s skills as a lead guitarist are impressive.
In addition to his talented family members, Burnside has collaborated with greats like Bobby Rush, Beverly Davis, Pork Chop Willie, Albert King, and Hill Country Revue, to name a few. He’s contributed to several records, from his 1986 debut on bass with Junior Kimbrough to his latest solo album, “The Promise” in 2014. In 2015, he and his nephew Cedric Burnside were nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy for their record, “Descendants of Hill Country Blues.” Burnside has film experience, as well, appearing as an actor and slide guitarist in the 2017 WC Handy Documentary.
Now a member of the Memphis Blues Society, the Mississippi Blues Foundation, and The Recording Academy, Burnside continues to take his career seriously. He moved to Ripley, Mississippi, in 2019 and has been writing and recording music at Sun Bear Studio to stay busy throughout the pandemic.