Ranie Burnett’s Hill Country BluesBig Legal Mess
***RANIE BURNETTE was born on July 4th, 1913 in Pleasant Grove, Mississippi, located in Panola County. While he was known to have played local dances and juke joints in the hill country of north Mississippi during the 1940s and ‘50s, competing with the likes of Fred McDowell, no known recordings of Ranie were made until the ‘70s and early ‘80s while he was living in Senatobia. During that time he recorded two sides for a regional 45 single and was later recorded by Leo Bruin, both in Senatobia and during a trip Ranie made to the Netherlands. Some of those recordings appear on the Swingmaster CD Going Down South, along with tracks by harmonica player Johnny Woods. and R.L. Burnside, who Ranie mentored and often played with. Burnette’s music, like the other artists mentioned here, is strongly rooted in the rhythmic tradition of the fife and drum bands from the region, which you’ll hear in the 11 songs, also recorded by Leo Bruin, presented here. Burnette died in Memphis on January 23, 2000 and is buried at Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church in Como, Mississippi.