R.L. Burnside Passes On
As if things weren't bad enough in the Mississippi Hill Country with the hurricane's aftermath, they lost one of their all-time finest yesterday, a true American legend, R.L. Burnside:
R.L. Burnside, one of the last great bluesmen of Mississippi to achieve commercial prominence, died Thursday in a Memphis hospital. He was 78. Matthew Johnson, whose Oxford, Miss., label Fat Possum Records issued seven albums by Burnside, said the musician died of heart failure. Burnside had suffered a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery last year and never fully recovered.
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