recently played BB's,
and we hear that it was a great show. Oliver
Sain had stopped by after his guest appearence with
Little Milton down at the Sparta Blues fest, and filled
us in! Our newest STLBlues street
team member is Shannon, and Michael shared a few
words with her for STLBlues. Hope you enjoy!
Where were you born?
In Milwaukee, WI. I moved to Arkansas at a young age and
currently reside there.
is your preferred musical instrument?
Guitar; I started playing at age 2 and began touring
locally in Arkansas at age 6. I like the organ also.
influenced you musically?
My father (bass player) had the most influence of all.
He played with numerous big timers including Rice Miller
(SonnyBoy). Also Freddy King, Alblert King, and T-Bone
Walker (Michael toured w/ him for three months in late
in your family musically inclined?
My grandfather played delta style blues way back when,
and my brother also plays guitar.
do you enjoy listening to?
Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Freddy King, Albert King
Burks at the Sparta Blues Fest
you done any recordings?
3 releases which are From the Inside Out (nominated
for W.C. Handy for that one), Make it Rain (alligator),
and I Smell Smoke (new on Alligator).
Playing with BB King for BB's 71st Birthday
gig and why:
I really enjoy BB's
best because of the blues type atmosphere and the people
come here for one reason--the blues/jazz music!!
are your goals?
Keep recording albums, touring, and making a living!!
Also enjoy doing blues/jazz festivals (does about 40-50
a year). I would have liked to do the Sparta Blues fest
this year, (I've done it in years
prior) but couldn't do that and BB's
do you think of the state of blues currently?
I think things are picking up and doing better after
9/11, new clubs are happening and things will continue
to move forward, as well as the blues fan base.
What is your website? MichaelBurks.com
Thanks goes out
to Shannon for conducting
this STLBlues interview!
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