Burnside and Malcolm.
CEDRIC BURNSIDE AND LIGHTNIN' MALCOLM9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $7.
Hill Country blues, that raw and rhythmic sound of North Mississippi, came into recent prominence just as the towering figures of the genre, R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, were near the end of their lives. Fat Possum, the Water Valley, Miss., label that released their albums, built itself on the backs of the last of the Mississippi blues men. Now the label puts out mostly indie-rock; just about all of its blues acts are dead or dying. But just as we're ready to call the Hill Country sound dead and gone comes Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm
, the self-dubbed “juke joint duo.” Burnside, the grandson of R.L., soaked up plenty from his grandfather, not just from living with him, but also from years on the road with him as his drummer. And guitarist Malcolm, raised in rural Mississippi on the blues and in juke joints, also brings an impressive grasp of the Hill Country sound. The two aren't revivalists; they infuse thick hip-hop beats and rock flourishes into their blues, but damn if it doesn't have that hypnotic swing. Burnside and Malcolm come to White Water to celebrate the release of their new album, “2 Man Wrecking Crew.” They'll follow the show with two others, at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs on Friday and Maxine's in Hot Springs on Saturday. Thomas Houston Jones
, a serious bluesman in his own right, opens.