The Cedric Burnside Project is Coming to Putney's Next Stage

PUTNEY, VERMONT - Next Stage Arts Project presents the iconic blues of The Cedric Burnside Project on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated and accessible venue Next Stage. The Cedric Burnside Project has been hailed as the next generation of Mississippi Hill Country blues and rightfully so, as it is comprised of Cedric Burnside, grandson of renowned blues artist R.L. Burnside and Trenton Ayers, son of renowned blues artist Junior Kimbrough.

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Cedric Burnside (drums and guitar) spent his early years playing drums with his grandfather, R.L., and has since played and recorded with such artists as The North Mississippi Allstars, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, T Model Ford, Honey Boy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and others.

He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s "Drummer of the Year" (2010-2014) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and has begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist as well. In 2006, he was featured in Craig Brewer’s critically acclaimed feature film Black Snake Moan, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. The film is a loose tribute to R.L. Burnside and gives many nods to the late bluesman.

Trenton Ayers (bass guitar and guitar) is the son of legendary blues guitarist Earl “Little Joe” Ayers, AKA Junior Kimbrough, whose world renowned Mississippi juke joint was featured in the film Deep Blues and became a magnet for such luminaries as U2’s Bono, the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and actor Morgan Freeman. Trenton grew up in North Mississippi, where he is known for his deep knowledge of the blues and his virtuoso skills on both the guitar and the bass.

Trenton and his childhood friend Cedric are on a mission to bring the North Mississippi sound to the world, touring relentlessly to bring The Cedric Burnside Project to theaters and festivals across the globe.

Tickets to the show are $20 advance, $24. at the door and available online at Tickets can also be purchased at Turn It Up in Brattleboro and The Putney Coop. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in Putney, VT. For more information, call 802-387-0102 or email Also visit Next Stage at