Juke Joint Duo feat. Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm
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Juke Joint Duo feat. Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm


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After a flirtation with hip-hop, R.L. Burnside’s drummer and grandson Cedric has teamed with former Jimbo Mathus guitar sideman Lightnin’ Malcolm to return to exciting, raw-boned blues. Their Juke Joint Duo is a potent little machine driven by Burnside’s commanding drumming and Malcolm’s ragged-ass virtuosity. On his own “Let’s Come Together,” Malcolm evokes Junior Kimbrough’s hypnotic magic, drawling lustful lyrics over a snaking melody. Burnside’s also a fine singer, and hard-luck stories like “I Don’t Just Sing About the Blues” echo his grandpa’s hearty stomps. “Fire It Up” is the most fun: its “blunt” narrative, with the chanted chorus “I like to get blazed,” chronicles Burnside’s weedy adventures. The duo also kick up their own streamlined brand of Memphis funk.
This is a solid debut, but live and loud, as they were at My Brother’s juke joint in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a few weekends back, they’re like a gritty elixir of moonshine and thunder.

Juke Joint Duo | Soul Is Cheap

August 29, 2007
- The Phoenix

"Cedric Burnside and Lightnin Malcolm"

Once in a while you witness a birth in this business. A kind of unawareness to the fact that there are other sounds to be heard that you haven’t yet discovered, or dialects and music that is still being invented. That is precisely the sound you hear from this Mississippi Duo. You give these two guys 1 instrument each and they can make it sound like a Quartet. Bent deep in the Mississippi hill country, RL Burnside’s grandson, Cedric has teamed up with the monster guitar talents of Lightnin Malcolm, giving a mixed dose of traditional to modern hill country blues with a new twist all the way from rock to psychedelic. Cedric is incredibly talented in both his style on the drum kit, and also for his vocal qualities, as is Malcolm, who not only sings his own tunes here, but also plays the bass on three tracks. The opener is the title track which leaps right into a jam complete with a drum solo to show you how serious these guys are.

“Fightin’” has a thick hill beat with a great vocal by Malcolm. Set to a steady, but ordained backbeat comes the track “Thang Under Your Nose,” with Cedric on vocals, while a softer tune forms on “Make It In the World.” “Well I Swear Folks” lays down some funked up blues with a subtle vocal harmony by Malcolm. Both are Cedric originals with his vocals leading the way. A great jam lies on “That’s My Girl,” which reveals Cedric’s voice as a sort of Jimi Hendrix emulation. Folks with children should be warned that “Fire It Up” has some adult language which may not be suitable for the little ones. Never the less it’s still a good tune which puts up a ruckus. Other Malcolm originals include “Lets Come Together,” and “Chitalu.” With the hammering beat of Cedric’s drums, and the stinging qualities of Malcolm’s searing guitar one can only wonder how they make such a big sound. If you’re ready for some lowdown blues set deep in the North Hill country check out this new CD or try and catch them live at Red’s in Clarksdale when you get down this way. No one sounds like these two, and if you ask me, with a little hard work they may reach a status comparable to the North Mississippi All-Stars.

©2007, Dirk Wissbaum
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Juke Joint Duo (2007 - Soul Is Cheap Records)
Untitled (March 2008 - Out The Woodworks Records)



Hailing from the rugged Holly Springs National Forest, deep in the North Mississippi Hill Country, The Juke Joint Duo featuring Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm is deeply rooted in the rich musical legacy of Cedric’s Grandfather (the legendary R.L. Burnside) and the late, great Junior Kimbrough. But as if that’s not enough, this duo seems to conjure up spirits that are all its own - and you can hear traces of key influences like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn fused with other blues and R & B ghosts from the very bottom of the Delta (New Orleans) up through North Mississippi and beyond. Simply put – this band is the real deal. Purveyors of quintessential American roots music and teachers for generations to come.

CEDRIC BURNSIDE, grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13, playing drums for "Big Daddy" on stages around the globe. Cedric was born in 1978 and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, and has been playing music all his life, developing a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style with strong hip-hop and funk influences. In addition to "Big Daddy," Cedric has also played with, among countless others, Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Bobby Rush, and Widespread Panic. In 2006 he was featured in the critically acclaimed feature film, Black Snake Moan, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. (The film is a tribute to R.L. Burnside, and gives many nods to the late bluesman.) Cedric has teamed up with guitarist Lightnin Malcolm to form the Juke Joint Duo, proving to be a powerful vocalist and great songwriter. Cedric is a special talent that has brought new life and energy to the blues, and is loved by fans around the world.

Bluesman LIGHTNIN’ MALCOLM is one of the leading, younger generation artists on the scene today. Born in 1974 in Missouri, Malcolm - a reckless live performer - has lived and breathed music his whole life, traveling and playing in a slashing, rhythmic style, with deep soulful vocals. Malcolm has played over the years with many of the best Mississippi blues artists, such as Cedell Davis, R.L. Burnside, Hubert Sumlin, Jessie Mae Hemphill, T Model Ford, Jr. Kimbrough, Robert Belfour, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr and Otha Turner. Skilled on guitar, bass, and drums Malcolm is an in demand session player with a telepathic sense of how to follow the older archaic styles, and is especially noted for his old fashioned, church "shout" style on drums. Lightnin Malcolm is considered an expert on juke-joint lifestyle and lives the songs he sings. In 2005, Malcolm released his first album Juke Joint Dance Party. It was the No.1 requested blues album on XM Satelite Radio. Now that he has joined forces with powerhouse drummer / vocalist Cedric Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm feels like his calling is now. After releasing its incredible, self-titled debut, Juke Joint Duo, in 2007, the band was quick to get back in the studio – this time in Austin, TX. Recorded in just 5 days at Austin’s Out The Woodwork Studios, The Juke Joint Duo’s newest record (untitled) is a blazing testament to where it’s been – and where it’s going. Look out for the new Juke Joint Duo record coming soon in 2008!