But the torch for the hill country blues burns brightly with Burnside Exploration.
Twenty-seven-year-old Cedric Burnside began playing drums at the age of 10 and was backing his grandfather at the age of 13. His uncle, Garry, only a year older and R.L.'s youngest son, began playing guitar at the same time.
In a phone interview from his home outside Holly Springs, Cedric says, "Coming up in Junior Kimbrough's club, we were so young. We weren't even old enough to be in the club, but we were part of the band. They had to have us. Sometimes the cop's would come in there, and they would have to hide us behind the coolers to keep the band going. It was crazy."
Today, the two men aren't hiding in the clubs and instead are onstage front and center. The backbone of their music is undeniably derived from the hill country blues, anchored with a trance-inducing drum beat and layered with a guitar that is at times reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King, with Cedric's vocals rounding out the sound. The duo released its first CD last year ' recorded in only three and a half hours ' simply titled The Record. A second release is scheduled for release by year's end.
"We've just been around each other a long time, and we connect," Cedric says. "I know where he's going without even looking at him. He ain't even got to look at me, and he knows where I'm going and every little lick I'm fixing to hit."
The Burnside Exploration will be hitting several licks on Thursday night in Lafayette, and Cedric promises a powerful performance. "If you're wearing any hats," he says, "I suggest you tie 'em down because we're going to blow 'em off."
The Burnside Exploration performs live at Grant Street Dancehall's Air Conditioned Lounge, Thursday Aug. 3, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door. For more info, call 237-8513.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
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Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
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While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.