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R.L. Burnside Dead at 78

North Mississippi guitarist R.L. Burnside died last Thursday in a Memphis, TN hospital of heart failure, according to Fat Possum Records owner Matthew Johnson. The unfortunate news comes a year after Burnside’s heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery, which he never fully recovered from. He was 78-years-old. Burnside remained musically prolific toward the end of his life, with many thanks to Fat Possum. His last album was 2004’s A Bothered Mind and he also appeared in Mandy Stein’s 2004 Fat Possum documentary, You See Me Laughin’. His raw Delta blues will not be forgotten anytime soon.