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Laid down on my bed and cried
September 1, 2005 11:51 AM   Subscribe

Get the blues. Today, one of the blues' finest musicians, R.L. Burnside died. Go on, take a look, take a listen.
posted by klangklangston (44 comments total)

 
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posted by helvetica at 11:52 AM on September 1, 2005


Oh damn! KEXP was just playing a song by him. Must be a memorial. What a loss!
posted by Bear at 11:53 AM on September 1, 2005


Fats Domino is missing in New Orleans.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 11:53 AM on September 1, 2005


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posted by swordfishtrombones at 11:54 AM on September 1, 2005


He's a nothing man.

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posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 12:01 PM on September 1, 2005


He's in heaven, sitting down.

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posted by box at 12:17 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by OmieWise at 12:27 PM on September 1, 2005


*pulls out his ass-pocket full of whiskey, pours some on ground*

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posted by gwint at 12:30 PM on September 1, 2005


Damn.
posted by ae4rv at 12:30 PM on September 1, 2005


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Still got the vinyl.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:33 PM on September 1, 2005


This is bad, bad news.
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posted by causticgnostic at 1:12 PM on September 1, 2005


All the little babies out there better shake it one time in his honor.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:16 PM on September 1, 2005


Too Bad Jim...Fireman Ring the Bell
posted by hatchetjack at 1:21 PM on September 1, 2005


I liked that old man's music.
posted by scratch at 1:21 PM on September 1, 2005


*pulls out his ass-pocket full of whiskey, pours some on ground*


*does same with his front pocket full of gin*

Shit, what a amazing guy he was. So sad.
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:22 PM on September 1, 2005


Another star in the sky just turned itself off. A sad day for music.

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posted by Nugget at 1:32 PM on September 1, 2005


nooo

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posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 1:49 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by drezdn at 1:50 PM on September 1, 2005


this week is too damn sad
posted by madamjujujive at 1:54 PM on September 1, 2005


Oh no. One of the finest North Mississippi hill-country musicians, and a hell of a performer.

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posted by Vidiot at 2:04 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by grouse at 2:10 PM on September 1, 2005


Give me a little time to think, while I mix me another motherfucking drink.
- RL Burnside, "2 Brothers"
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:28 PM on September 1, 2005


Oh shit. And Fats is missing. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Snooks Eaglin? He can't walk anymore. He's blind. Someone better have gotten him out before the storm. That's living national treasure there.

This is salt in a wound. Before this, I had avoided thinking "what happened to all the old music masters in New Orleans?" So many of them are sick, old, not well off, and of course black. And they needed the city to make their living. And that about describes the people dying all over the city today. We need a musician rescue team in that place, now. We need a fucking army division in there now. Screw Baghdad. What the hell is going on. Damn damn damn.
posted by realcountrymusic at 2:34 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by mygothlaundry at 2:34 PM on September 1, 2005


and post-rant

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posted by realcountrymusic at 2:34 PM on September 1, 2005


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(I hope Miss Maybelle let him be her hopping frog)

Man, I just last week bought the Burnside on Burnside album from the music store that is across the street from where the album's cover photo was taken. I gave it as a gift to a Spanish guitar player who was interested in American blues. I hope he gave it a listen before today.
posted by Staggering Jack at 3:08 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by shoepal at 3:36 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by chowder at 3:39 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by scody at 4:05 PM on September 1, 2005


My husband and I had the privilege of seeing him play in a small venue a few years ago. It was an amazing show and he hung around afterward to chit-chat and sign autographs. Glad we got to shake his hand and say "Thank you" while we had the chance.

It's sad, you know...
posted by jrossi4r at 4:36 PM on September 1, 2005


I am very sad about this. When I was about six years old R.L. Burnside came and stayed at my house. My dad knew his harmonica player. It was really neat, my dad being all excited that this blues man was going to stay with us. My parents were taking my baby sister for a stroll when R.L. and John showed up and I answered the door by myself. I don't remember much else about his stay, but I do remember a week later my dad taking me to an apartment on Waco street in Wichita and watching him play in someone's apartment. For a little white kid from Burrton, Kansas it was something else and is one of my favorite life stories.
posted by Burton at 4:56 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by jonmc at 6:16 PM on September 1, 2005


Well. Well well.

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posted by dobbs at 7:12 PM on September 1, 2005


Oh and if you like those samples or already know his music but want more, they're cheap as hell at emusic.com. 50 free tracks for signing up, too. (Sign up, get the tracks, cancel. No commitment.)
posted by dobbs at 7:15 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by Edible Energy at 7:49 PM on September 1, 2005


Oh, man...

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posted by kalimac at 7:49 PM on September 1, 2005


One tiny bit of great news:

Fats Domino Found in New Orleans .
posted by realcountrymusic at 8:12 PM on September 1, 2005


"I drink Bud, because it makes me wiser!"
I feel lucky to have met him.
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posted by Jack Karaoke at 11:35 PM on September 1, 2005


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posted by Hat Maui at 2:30 AM on September 2, 2005


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posted by reflecked at 3:29 AM on September 2, 2005


I ain't gonna drink no mo' after tonight . . . unless I'm by myself or with somebody.
posted by xowie at 7:30 AM on September 2, 2005


Goddamn. If it ain't one thing, it's another.
posted by dejah420 at 12:09 PM on September 2, 2005


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posted by fungible at 8:43 PM on September 2, 2005


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R.L. had soul.
posted by myopicman at 5:29 PM on September 5, 2005


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