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Showing posts with label Jimmy Burns. Show all posts
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Friday, April 10, 2020

Third Street Cigar Records artist: Chris Shutters with special guest Jimmy Burns - Good Gone Bad - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Good Gone Bad, by Chris Shutters with special guest Jimmy Burns and it's a fun packed blues rocker. Opening with driving rocker and title track, Good Gone Bad, featuring Chris Shutters and Jimmy Burns on vocal and guitar, joined by Byron Harris Jr. on bass and drums, Rick Warner on piano, and Tony Shutters on harmonica. Super opener. Adding Art Bishop on sax, this band gets funky on Can't Play The Blues Like B.B. Chris takes the lead on vocal and guitar and this track has just that perfect edge with the horn reinforcement sounding quite like Sly or Clinton. On boogie, Unwind, Frank May's bass line defines the rhythm and a more melodic approach makes this a cool radio track with a clean, meaty sax solo by Bishop. Straight up rocker, Living In A Dream, has a super pace and with it's quiet bridge and a hard working bass line by Harris Jr. the track gets a real edgy rock style guitar solo by Shutters and Burns. Shuffle track, Keep You Satisfied is straight up blues but with an accelerated pace. Organ work by Mike Huffman and a bluesy solos by Burns and Shutters give this track real traction. Wrapping the release is springy shuffle, The Book Of Life, with clever rhythm patterns by Harris Jr. on drums and melodic vocals by Shutters. A cool closer for an interesting release. 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Delmark Records artist: Jimmy Burns - it ain't right - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, it ain't right, from Jimmy Burns and it grooves! Opening with Big Money Problem, it's got Morganfield bounce and featuring Ariyo Ariyoshi on keys, Anthony Palmer on guitar, EG McDaniel on bass and Bryant T Parker on drums, Jimmy Burns is super on vocal and guitar for a tight opener. Burns really gets into his space on R&B vocal track, Will I Ever Find Somebody?. His vocals are warm and inviting with nice key work from Ariyo and joined by Roosevely Purifoy on organ, Chris Neal on tenor sax and Aaron Getsug on bari, this track has a great sound. Otis Rush's Snaggletooth Mule has a nice funky blues feel (Thrill Is Gone) and Burns shows great vocal prowess as he lays out some really nice guitar work over Purifoy and Ariyo on keys. Percy Mayfield's Long As You're Mine gets a full horn backing and a sixties Ray Charles R&B feel. Burns plays some pretty flashy guitar riffs and Ariyo hits the keys as well. Nice! Slinky 12 bar number, Hard Hearted Woman, has a super groove with a nice walking bass line from EG and rolling piano from Ariyo. Burns takes this shuffle for a nice walk on his guitar making it one of my favorites on the release. Another Percy Mayfield track, My Heart Is Hangin' Heavy lumbers with a funky bottom. It has a serious Albert King feel and Burns vocals are super. Burns stretches a bit on his guitar laying down a cool solo that works nicely with the groove. Crazy Crazy Crazy has a definite swing vibe featuring Getsug on honking bari sax. The vocal blending really work nicely in the delivery of an authentic period piece and Ariyo and Burns each lay in some really nice riffs. Jimmy Reed track, A String To Your Heart slows down the tempo and Burns is on harp. This is a real nice 12 bar number and Burns vocals have a bit more texture. Ariyo really shines on piano against what is otherwise a stripped down track. Boogie woogie track, Rock Awhile is really super with Gatemouth like guitar riffs. Burns really gets this band rolling and his vocals, coupled with Ariyo make for a fine track. Ben E King's Stand By Me gets a little Latin twist but retains it's soulful feel. A nice vocal track with clean guitar and keyboard adornment, this is a cool one. Surrounded has a showy R&B (almost Louis Jordan)feel with a chiding horn vamp. Parker's drum snap keeps things tight and Getsug and especially Marques Carroll on trumpet really punch up the track. Super blues, I Know You Hear Me Calling really grabs it by the short hairs and gives it a shake. Burn's vocals are rugged and soulful and Ariyo plays remarkable piano riffs. Burns steps up laying down some of his hottest blues riffs on the release cushioned by Purifoy on organ and Caroll, Neal and Getsug on horns. Excellent! Little Walter's It Ain't Right has that classic jump. Burns and Ariyo trade riffs throughout delivering on almost a gospel revival pace. Messin' With The Kid gets a real nice funky workover. This is one of my favorite tracks with it's heavy handed bottom, solid vocals and gripping guitar soloing. Excellent! The release is wrapped by Wade In The Water with all of the gospel that you'd ever anticipate in a modern blues influenced track. This is a super track to wrap the release featuring nice vocal harmonies and clean keyboard direction.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wild About You Baby - Jimmy Burns

Jimmy Burns (born February 27, 1943, Dublin, Mississippi, United States) is an award winning American soul blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Although he was born in the Mississippi Delta, Burns has spent nearly all his life in Chicago. His elder brother, Eddie "Guitar" Burns, is a Detroit blues musician. Burns's father was a sharecropper who performed as a singer in medicine shows. At the age of 12, Jimmy Burns moved with his family to Chicago and four years later joined The Medallionaires who recorded a couple of doo-wop tracks. Recording mostly solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He toured the Midwest with his backing group, the Fantastic Epics, and with another outfit called Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company into the early 1970s. Burns then took a long break from the music industry to raise his family. He performed infrequently until the early part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicago's Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns perform, and agreed to record him after hearing only one set of music. His debut album for Delmark in 1996, Leaving Here Walking, was produced by Scott Dirks, and was awarded the 'Best Blues Record of the Year' title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. Burns then began touring internationally. The more recently formed Jimmy Burns Band includes Anthony Palmer (guitar), E.G. McDaniel (bass), and James Carter (drums). Jimmy Burns played guitar on his brother Eddie's 2002 album Snake Eyes. Burns's wife, Dorothy, died on February 12, 2010. They had six children
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Wine Headed Woman - Jimmy Burns


Singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Jimmy Burns is a contemporary bluesman who combines his Delta roots with R&B and soul to come up with a sound uniquely his own. Burns is a charismatic performer with an expressive, soulful, voice and a melodic guitar style to match.

With a keen sense of his musical heritage Burns has created an upbeat style that has won critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Born near Dublin, Mississippi in 1943, Burns was fascinated by music early on. He loved the sounds coming out of the church, and the blues he heard on the streets. Burns’ sang in church and taught himself how to play guitar while he was still in the Delta. One of his particular favorites was Lightnin’ Hopkins, His oldest brother, renowned Detroit bluesman Eddie Burns, is also a guitarist who played with John Lee Hooker for a number of years before striking out on his own.

Burns was 12 when his family moved to Chicago. Within a year he was singing with a gospel group called the Gay Lites. Secular music also beckoned. Living on the Near North Side, he was caught up in the music of The Impressions and Major Lance who would rehearse in a park near his home. In 1959, at the age of 16 he joined The Medallionaires, an established vocal group, and did some recording. Burns was also part of the folk scene in the early 60s. He sang and played guitar at The Fickle Pickle, (booked at that time by Mike Bloomfield), the Gate of Horn, and coffeehouses around town.

As R&B turned to soul in the 60s Burns cut a few soul singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. One of his Erica singles, I Really Love You, is a collector’s item in Great Britain. Burns traveled throughout the Midwest, with a band called the Fantastic Epics. They appeared at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago on a bill with Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds. He formed his own band in the late 60s called Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company. The reality of raising a family however, cut short Burns’ full-time musical career. Throughout the 70s and 80s he stayed close to home, continuing to play clubs and concert venues around town.

With the blues never far from his soul, Burns returned to playing full-time in the mid-nineties. He started out with a regular gig at Smokedaddy’s in Chicago, and it wasn’t long before Bob Koester of Delmark Records signed him
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Sky is Cryin' - JIMMY BURNS


Jimmy Burns (born February 27, 1943, Dublin, Mississippi, United States) is an award winning American soul blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Although he was born in the Mississippi Delta, Burns has spent nearly all his life in Chicago. His elder brother, Eddie "Guitar" Burns, is a Detroit blues musician.
Burns's father was a sharecropper who performed as a singer in medicine shows. At the age of 12, Jimmy Burns moved with his family to Chicago and four years later joined The Medallionaires who recorded a couple of doo-wop tracks. Recording mostly solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He toured the Midwest with his backing group, the Fantastic Epics, and with another outfit called Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company into the early 1970s. Burns then took a long break from the music industry to raise his family.
He performed infrequently until the early part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicago's Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns perform, and agreed to record him after hearing only one set of music. His debut album for Delmark in 1996, Leaving Here Walking, was produced by Scott Dirks, and was awarded the 'Best Blues Record of the Year' title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. Burns then began touring internationally
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wild About You Baby - Jimmy Burns


Jimmy Burns (born February 27, 1943, Dublin, Mississippi, United States) is an award winning American soul blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Although he was born in the Mississippi Delta, Burns has spent nearly all his life in Chicago. His elder brother, Eddie "Guitar" Burns, is a Detroit blues musician.
Burns's father was a sharecropper who performed as a singer in medicine shows. At the age of 12, Jimmy Burns moved with his family to Chicago and four years later joined The Medallionaires who recorded a couple of doo-wop tracks. Recording mostly solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He toured the Midwest with his backing group, the Fantastic Epics, and with another outfit called Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company into the early 1970s. Burns then took a long break from the music industry to raise his family.

He performed infrequently until the early part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicago's Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns perform, and agreed to record him after hearing only one set of music. His debut album for Delmark in 1996, Leaving Here Walking, was produced by Scott Dirks, and was awarded the 'Best Blues Record of the Year' title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. Burns then began touring internationally.

The more recently formed Jimmy Burns Band includes Anthony Palmer (guitar), E.G. McDaniel (bass), and James Carter (drums).

Jimmy Burns played guitar on his brother Eddie's 2002 album Snake Eyes.