Cedric Burnside was born into the blues. As the grandson of the Mississippi legend R.L. Burnside, he was raised by the music and the road and has been playing professionally since he was 13 years old.

Burnside took home the prize for best traditional blues album at the 2022 Grammy Awards for I Be Trying. The title acts as a mission statement in an era when plenty of us have discovered what “the blues” really means. Burnside recorded the album over three days at Royal Studios in Memphis (the home studio of Al Green and Hi Records in the ’60s and ’70s).

Cedric Burnside has rightfully been recognized as the world’s greatest living Mississippi Hill country-blues artist.

Burnside joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen for a conversation.