Burnside's life is the stuff of blues legend. My favorite bit from the wikipedia biography is this:
In around 1959 he left Chicago and went back to Mississippi to work the farms and raise a family. Burnside claimed to have been convicted for murder and sentenced to six months' incarceration for the crime. Burnside's boss at the time reputedly pulled strings to keep the murder sentence short, due to having need of Burnside's skills as a tractor driver. "I didn't mean to kill nobody," Burnside later said. "I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head. Him dying was between him and the Lord."I just came across Burnside's delta blues meets the Funkadelics and the Beastie Boys final recording a few days ago, and I've been telling everyone I know to drop whatever they're doing and buy the damn record. Burnside died an old man, but he did this in his late-seventies. I just wish he'd had ten more years to take us where he was headed.