We Made It
Single Lock Records
VIDEO PREMIERE: Celebrate Black resilience with Mississippi bluesman Cedric Burnside’s “We Made It”
By Nathan Leigh
July 18, 2018
“Big ups to the Burnside family,” Cedric shouts out at the top of the video for his new single “We Made It.” The grandson of the influential but often overlooked electric bluesman R.L. Burnside, family has always been a source of strength. “I grew up very poor,” Cedric told us, “We hauled water for years. That’s what made me who I am today and I don’t take nothing for granted. My whole life was a struggle but as we got better playing music and lived a little bit better, I never forgot where I came from.”
“We Made It” pays tribute to his family’s past, while looking towards the future. The song is rooted by a deceptively simple finger picked guitar line with a decidedly modern energy. Burnside sings a song about surviving poverty and the struggle of growing up with nothing. It’s a song about strength, resilience, and hope that shows there’s a lot of life left in the classic country blues sound.
Cedric Burnside’s latest full length Benton Country Relic drops September 14 on Single Lock Records. You can pre-order it here.
Banner photo by Abraham Rowe