King of the Cotton Field Disco & Juke Joint Music appears at Gilrein’s in Worcester

Kent Burnside, grandson of blues legend RL Burnside, is returning to New England.  Last time through the area Kent brought his new cotton field disco juke joint music and the crowds have been clamoring for his return ever since.  So after many requests, Kent Burnside & The New Generation are making their return to New England on Saturday February 6th in Worcester.

The show will be held at Gilrein’s which is Worcester’s home of the blues and roots music. The show is going to be Boston Blues Society sponsored event.  So if you missed it last time, don’t miss it this time, members of the Burnside family do not make many appearances around our area too often.

Event Details:

Advance Tickets are $10, day of the show $13
For Advance Tickets:

Doors open at 7:30pm,  21+

8pm   Jon Short
9pm   Ten Foot Polecats
10pm  Kent Burnside & The New Generation

Saturday  February 6th
802 Main Street
Worcester MA

With his independent releases of  Cotton Field Disco, Country Boy City Dreams and Evil, Kent Burnside is bringing his new generation of blues to the world. Kent has toured and supported his grandfather R.L. Burnside (Fat Possum Records) and many other greats, such as Buddy Guy, North Mississippi Allstars, Jimbo Mathus, and Junior Kimbrough just to name a few. His family name defines the unique Hill Country Blues sound created by his legendary grandfather, the late R.L. Burnside. However, Kent is taking it to another level. There is no doubt it is in his blood with the influences of his uncle, Duwayne Burnside (2006 Handy Award Nominee) and his cousin Cedric Burnside (2009 Handy Award Winner) being well established blues musicians in their own right.
As family being a top priority in his life, Kent claims two families, the other being his band. “The New Generation” is  Jacob Best on drums, Emmett Butts on bass guitar, and Gabe Meyers on guitar.   Many have commented on their funk induced electric Hill Country style, “sounds like R.L. with a new modern groove.” Kent admits while growing up, he saw his grandfather play guitar along with many of his friends without a pick and simply figured that’s the way you do it. Kent has created his own formula maintaining the true Hill County sound in his music. “The New Generation has a raw sound… not just mimicking those who have come before.” Anthony Moser, Buddy Guy’s – Legends “… their funky infusion of deep Delta Blues, Soul and gritty Americana.” Rebecca Thoreson – The Telluride Watch.   Kent Burnside is his music… he is real… he is country… and well seasoned even while being amidst other members of his multi talented family. Kent stands alone and on his own with the next generation to listen and enjoy. Kent is taking juke joint music to a whole new level. Kent Johnson Burnside should not be missed by any Blues fan.
Ten Foot Polecats are a three piece Punk Blues band with their deep roots drawn from the North Mississippi Hill Country.  Even though they are basically in their sophomore season, they have made quite an impression on the Boston/Worcester music scenes as they are currently one of the few blues based bands booked across the state (and beyond) in the rock club circuit and on various punk and psychobilly bills. Ten Foot Polecats are creating their own sound and blurring the barriers between musical genres that have been created by some and adhered to by way too many.
Their debut full length CD “I Get Blamed For Everything I Do” on Hillgrass Bluebilly Records (Austin, TX) is due for release in late March 2010.   It exhibits the menacingly textured vocals of Jay Scheffler, the hyper kinetic guitar work of Jim Chilson, and the primal beat thumping of Dave Darling.  Known as a record label that takes the roots revolution by the neck, Hillgrass Bluebilly and Ten Foot Polecats seem like a perfect match.  Midwestern, Southern and Northeast United States Tours are currently being scheduled in support of the album starting in May 2010, along with various New England shows.
Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar, Lowebow cigar-box guitar, Reso-Ukulele and kazoo, Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that captivates audiences and taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music. Based in the Northeast US, he travels and performs between 150-200 shows per year in BBQ joints, blues rooms and festivals from Massachusetts to Mississippi.
Founded in 1988, the Boston Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues. Our goals are to involve the community through education of blues music and Southern culture; to act in the community by providing fundraisers for charitable organizations; and to teach children and adults about this great, original American art form., formerly known as Boston Blues News, is the online newsletter published by the Boston Blues Society. The newsletter details blues and blues influenced activities in Boston and throughout New England, as well on a national level.  The Boston Blues Society is a Blues Foundation affiliate