R.L. Burnside, one of the last, great Mississippi bluesmen, whose raw, country blues was discovered late in his life, has died. He was 78.
Burnside died Thursday morning at the St. Francis Hospital in Memphis His health had been declining for some time, said Matthew Johnson, owner of Burnside's record label, Fat Possum.
I found R.L. by way of the Jon Spenser Blues Explosion. I now have three Burnside discs (A Ass Pocket of Whiskey, Mr. Wizard, and Come on In) -- all of which I enjoy, though I can imagine they would be for everyone. Of the three, Mr. Wizard would probably be my pick.