Juke Joint Duo helps bring music to Los Alamos

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Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm will perform at the Blue Window Bistro

By Russ Gordon

There hasn’t been a concert in Los Alamos since Aug. 27 and it’s been too long. However, there will be a Summer Concert fundraiser show Friday at the Blue Window Bistro starring the Juke Joint Duo, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm.
They play the music of the Mississippi Delta and electrified hill country blues.
Before World War II and before such blues superstars like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker moved north to Chicago, Detroit and other American northern industrial cities, there was rural southern blues.
A lot of musicians made their own guitars such as the diddley bow and a washtub bass. Add to that anything that you can bang on for percussion and you’ve got a band. Even in the 1960s and 1970s, a lot of poor Southerners didn’t have radios or television.
Burnside tells of being raised by his mother and grandfather, R.L. Burnside in Holly Springs, Miss.
“My granddad used to play out on the porch and we had house parties every weekend. Johnny Woods would come over and blow harmonica and he’d drink two or three gallons of corn liquor. We just jumped up the dirt.”
Beginning at age 3, Burnside played drums for his grandfather during these parties.

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