Duwayne Burnside, Tail Dragger | Buddy Guy's Legends | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader

Duwayne Burnside, Tail Dragger Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Feb. 28, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Duwayne Burnside’s famous father, the late R.L. Burnside, played what’s become known as “trance blues,” a propulsive and often hypnotizing music from the Mississippi hill country where extended jams built around atavistic-sounding one-chord vamps are the rule. On Duwayne’s most recent studio album, 2005’s Under Pressure (Lucky 13), that relentless drive permeates everything, but he updates the trance-blues sound by adding raw lead guitar to its pounding, minimalist riffs. He has a string-bending style similar to Albert King’s, and his unpretentious cover of King’s “I Got the Blues” is a highlight; he also does a version of his father’s low-down tune “Bad Luck City,” transforming it into a cauldron of backwoods blues, deep soul, and swamp pop. On his own songs, like “She Threw My Clothes Out” and “Hard Candy Part II,” he grafts high-energy solos onto rhythms and harmonic structures rooted in the jukes of his youth. Had Hendrix been a Mississippi country boy, this is probably what he would’ve sounded like. Tail Dragger opens; Fruteland Jackson plays a free acoustic set from 6 till 8:30 PM. —David Whiteis

Price: $15

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