Duo brings generations of soulful blues to series
Buena Vista University will close out its January Blues Series this week with a stellar concert open to the public, free of charge.
The annual series has been part of the History of the Blues interim class at BVU.
Thursday January 18, Burnside and Reed will perform at 7 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at the BVU Forum.
This African American, acoustic duo performs authentic blues. They also are well versed in the story of the blues, and intermingle history with their music.
Both Burnside and Reed are decendents of blues performers, from legendary Hall of Famer RL Burnside to Big Daddy Kinsey.
Burnside and Reed have recorded together and separately, each with numerous albums to keep alive the Delta Blues tradition. They also share stories of the struggle of African Americans for their civil rights.
Hal Reed, of the Quad Cities area, was born just a few miles from the Mississippi Delta, and he grew up surrounded by legends of blues music. His music brims with the stamp of authenticity, having an influence of Mississippi, Gospel, and Chicago style blues pumping through the mic.
Daniel Burnside, a master of blues guitar and bass, can be heard on the fine compelation CD, "Heritage Of The Blues: No Monkeys On This Train," playing the music of his father, RL.
With his father, brothers and brother-in-law in a group known as The Sound Machine, he started his career in Northern Mississippi playing hills country blues in the 1970s and '80s, influenced by the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi Fred McDowell.
BVU's own bluesman, Prof. Tom Gary, leads the History of the Blues course.