RL Burnside (Guitarist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

R. L. Burnside

R. L. Burnside was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He played music for much of his life but received little recognition before the early 1990s. In the latter half of that decade, Burnside recorded and toured with Jon Spencer, garnering crossover appeal and introducing his music to a new fan base in the punk and garage rock scenes.

Born: November 23, 1926, Harmontown, Lafayette County, Mississippi, U.S.
Origin: Oxford, Mississippi
Died: September 1, 2005, Memphis, Tennessee
Genres: Blues, Hill country blues garage rock
Instruments: Guitar, vocals
Years active: 1960s–2005
Labels: Fat Possum
Associated acts: Calvin Jackson, Jon Spencer
IMDb: R. L. Burnside’s IMDb

About RL Burnside

Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter who recorded with Jon Spencer in the 1990s, becoming famous for his crossover work.

Before Fame

He supported himself as a fisherman and a share cropper for much of his life.


His extended family is full of bluesmen.

Family Life

He was survived by his wife Alice.


John Lee Hooker was his biggest musical influence.

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