The blues is music for all time—past, present, and future—and few artists simultaneously
exemplify those multiple temporal moments of the genre like North Mississippi’s Cedric
Burnside. The Mississippi Hill Country blues guitarist and singer/songwriter contains within him
the legacy and future of the region’s prescient sound stories. At once African and American and
southern and Mississippian, these stories tell about love, hurt, connection, and redemption in the
South. His newest contribution to this tradition is I Be Trying, a 13-track album treatise on life’s
challenges, pleasures, and beauty. “Life can go any kind of way,” Burnside says. With almost 30
years of performing and living blues in him, he would know.