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Showing posts with label MICHAEL BURKS. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Five Alligator Artists Receive Nine 2013 Blues Blast Award Nominations


Alligator Records artists Curtis Salgado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Janiva Magness and the late Michael "Iron Man" Burks received a total of nine 2013 Blues Blast Award nominations. Salgado and Estrin each received three, while Burks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and Magness each received one.

The Blues Blast Awards are presented by Blues Blast magazine, a free weekly internet blues magazine. Winners are chosen by fan voting, which will begin at the Blues Blast website starting July 15. All Blues Blast subscribers are eligible to vote. Winners will be announced at the Blues Blast Awards ceremony at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago on Thursday, October 31.

Artists and nominations are below:

Curtis Salgado:
Male Blues Artist Of The Year
Soul Blues Album Of The Year - Soul Shot
Song Of The Year - A Woman Or The Blues (by Curtis Salgado and Dave Duncan)

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats:
Band Of The Year
Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year - One Wrong Turn

Rick Estrin:
Male Blues Artist Of The Year

Michael "Iron Man" Burks:
Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year - Show Of Strength
Band Of The Year

Janiva Magness:
Female Blues Artist Of The Year

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seven Alligator Artists Receive 11 Living Blues Award Nominations


Living Blues magazine announced the nominees for the 2013 Living Blues Awards in their June 2013 issue. Seven Alligator Records artists received a total of 11 nominations. Joe Louis Walker, Curtis Salgado, Marcia Ball and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials each received two nods. James Cotton, Janiva Magness and the late Michael "Iron Man" Burks each received one nomination. People may vote online at until July 15, 2013.

Alligator artists and nominations are as follows:
Blues Artist Of The Year - Male
Best Blues Album Of 2012 (New Recordings): Hellfire

Best Live Performer
Best Blues Album Of 2012 (New Recordings): Jump Start

Blues Artist Of The Year - Male
Most Outstanding Blues Singer

Blues Artist Of The Year - Female

Best Blues Album Of 2012 (New Recordings): Show Of Strength

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Michael Burks passed - Updated

I have just been informed that Michael Burks has passed suddenly. I will keep you informed as I get confirmation and details. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

This is confirmed

From Bruce Iglauer: Michael "Iron Man" Burks, the great blues guitarist and singer, has died suddenly. He was returning from a successful tour of Europe and collapsed in customs at the Atlanta airport. He was rushed to the hospital but they were unable to revive him. Michael was a sweet man, hugely talented and deeply soulful. I was proud to have him call me his friend.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Rippin' The Blues! - Michael Burks

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Michael “Iron Man” Burks stands tall as a major contemporary blues figure. With a nickname earned by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack, tough, smoky vocals and the thousands of miles logged behind the wheel of his touring van, Burks is a modern blues hero. Nobody in today’s blues world successfully bridges searing electric guitar blues with unbridled rock and roll energy like Burks.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011


Born in Milwaukee in 1957, Michael quite literally entered the world with blues in his blood. Joe Burks, Michael’s grandfather, played acoustic Delta blues guitar in his hometown of Camden, Arkansas. A multi-talented man, Joe was a barber, carpenter and aviation mechanic in addition to playing in area juke joints. Michael’s father, Frederick, was a bass player. For years, Frederick Burks worked in Milwaukee steel mills and refineries during the day and spent his evenings performing in the city’s smoky, dimly-lit blues clubs, often backing harmonica legend Sonny Boy Williamson II, as well as other touring blues stars and local front men. Boasting remarkable natural talent and a blue-collar work ethic, Michael Burks is a musician with deep roots in the blues tradition. He performs every song he plays with intensity, conviction and soul. Even though he has been playing music since he was a child, it was the release of Make It Rain, his Alligator Records debut in 2001, that brought Burks well-deserved national recognition and made him one of the blues world’s fastest-rising stars. His 2003 follow-up, I Smell Smoke, continued his upward trajectory, as his fan base increased as quickly as his bookings. With inspiration from Albert King, Freddie King and Albert Collins, Burks’ sound and style are all his own. Blues Revue says, “Burks delivers blazing, explosive solos and outrageous tone…part rock, part soul and filled with plenty of blues sensibility.