Burks - Blues on the Mississippi
Michael Burks hails from the Southern state of Arkansas - home
to many blues legends - but his scorching guitar has been heard
from coast to coast! Recently the Blues on the Mississippi concert
series brought him to Jefferson Barracks park for another great
performance, with great weather and the park atmosphere making
the evening a very 'family-friendly' event.
Handy Awards nominee for Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar, Michael
drew on some favorite covers of SRV, Howlin' Wolf, and Jimi Hendrix
('Hey Joe') interspersed between original tunes, as a strong vocal
resemblance to Albert King came shining through. No wonder Michael
was winner of the coveted Albert King Award in 1994 as most promising
guitarist in the NBF International Blues Talent Contest.
A few moments talking to Michael revealed his love for St. Louis
and his gigs down at BB's.
Michael also likes performing at the Sparta,
Ill. Blues fest, where he's known as an "adopted son"
of Sparta, a title he obviously enjoys! You can catch him again
soon at this year's Sparta
Fest on 8/28! Always a topic of crowd conversation is the
aging Hammond B3 that gets carried onstage with lots of TLC. Asked
how long he's had his organ, keyboardist Stuart Baer replied with
a smile "since 1962 - I bought it brand new!". There's
something special in the sound that emanates from a B3, and like
a fine wine it just seems to get better with age!
If you're not familar with the 6 pack guitar attack of this Alligator
recording artist, here's his bio,
tour schedule and much more. Don't miss a chance to see the
magic that is Michael Burks!
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