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SUNDAY

One of the benefits of finding and resurrecting an old blues guy is that, chances are, he’s got a lot of kin. And maybe some of that magic griminess rubbed off on the son. Such is the case with DuWayne Burnside, son of R.L. According to his label’s bio, the kid started picking at the guitar before he could even hold it. Soon enough, he was backing up his father as well as Junior Kimbrough, Albert King, and, of course, B.B. King. He has since spent his life shuttling between opening clubs and settling down, recording and settling down. When he’s gotten the itch, there’s been a huge family tree of musicians to play with. But DuWayne has gotten good enough and fast enough—mixing bits of country, soul, and long-as-shit jams—that his father has seen fit to join him for a set or two. From the man who made A Ass Pocket of Whiskey, that’s a pretty high compliment. Watch DuWayne Burnside extend the branches when he opens for the Budweiser of Blues, George Thorogood, at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. (703) 549-7500. (Jason Cherkis)