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Showing posts with label The Charles Burton Blues Band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Charles Burton Blues Band. Show all posts

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Guitarist Charles Burton Nominated In "Best Blues Album" Category For San Diego Music Awards



                                             
"SWEET POTATO PIE", THE NEW ALBUM BY CHARLES BURTON BLUES BAND, NOMINATED IN "BEST BLUES ALBUM" CATEGORY  -- SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS

  (SAN DIEGO, CA) -"Sweet Potato Pie," the critically-lauded album by the Charles Burton Blues Band, is nominated in the "Best Blues Album" category for this year's San Diego Music Awards. Voting is open to the public through September 16 at http://sandiegomusicawards.com/nominees.cfm. The San Diego Music Awards take place Wednesday, October 9 at Humphrey's By The Bay. Known as "San Diego's Blues Ambassador To The World," Burton is currently on tour in Europe.

            WHAT THE PRESS IS WRITING ABOUT... "SWEET POTATO PIE"
   "Sweet Potato Pie has lots of slick blues guitar riffs and flat-out pickin...Burton isn't ultra flashy but plays some really nice riffs...grabs the blues by the short hairs and shakes it....a lot of fun!                 BMANS BLUES REPORT

  "When a new CD from The Charles Burton Blues Band hit this writer's desk, I knew I was in for a good time...I wasn't disappointed. Each and every song is brilliantly written, performed and produced...Sweet Potato Pie is music money very well spent."                                                   BOOMEROCITY


 CHARLES BURTON BLUES BAND  - WEEK OF AUGUST 11-17, ON BLUES DELUXE 
(NATIONALLY-SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW)




"Guitarist Burton is a solid player, but it's his range of music that will please the audience...mixing in the obvious like "Shake Your Hips" by Slim Harpo with obscure gems like "Gangster Of Love" by Johnny Watson, and adding choice recastings like the Classics IV hit "Spooky,"  the Charles Burton Band delivers a fine set that's both satisfying and avoids cliche'."      SAN DIEGO NEWS
                     

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Charles Burton -Blues Band - Sweet Potato Pie - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Sweet Potato Pie, from The Charles Burton Blues Band and it's a lot of fun! Opening with Shake It!, an uptempo blues rocker, it has a lot of the feel of the Blasters but with a lot more blues. Flat out pickin and a little country rock flavor adds to the overall feel of this cool track. Double Up is a nice shuffle track with a cool lope. Slick blues guitar riffs highlight this track with Adam Koefoed on bass and Asmus Jensen on drums holding down the bottom nicely. Driving Home is a rolling blues rock with cool bass lines from Arnold Ludvig. Chill Boy adds vocals and lead guitar on this track. New York Jump has a real slick jazz overtone and great swing guitar lead over jazz guitar chords. Really nice! Goin' To Memphis has a bit of a country bottom but retains it's blues overtones. With a Latin rhythm and stylin guitar riffs, this is a cool track. Burton isn't ultra flashy here but he plays some really nice riffs. Crackdown an a fast paced shuffle and is a really nice showcase of Burton's skills on the fretboard. Playing not only straight up blues riffs but also some more experimental and abstracted solo's here for the enthusiast. Very cool. Livin' Without You, is a slower ballad style blues track. There is a really nice guitar break in this track that grabs the blues by the short hairs and shakes it. Nice touch! Sweet Potato Pie has the distinct New Orleans style and Jensen does a nice job of getting that marching rhythm. Slide guitar work on this track is really tasty, grabbing just a bit of country but really getting into blues rock too. Great track. New Boogie is an instrumental track giving the players a chance to stretch a bit instrumentally. Ludvig lays down some really nice bass soloing (which you don't often hear) and Burton rips up the fretboard as well. Used To Love That Woman is as standard a blues track as you'll hear on this release (played Chicago style) with Karl Cabbage on harmonica. Burton keeps the guitar simple and straightforward and this is a real groove down blues. Grab slide riffs on this track are really nice highlights as well. Brown Paper Bag is a super up tempo shuffle with Burton call and responding to himself on vocal and guitar. His slide work on this track is really super well blended with open guitar playing. Another real nice track. Your Number has the real old electric blues style feel and I really like it. It isn't fancy...and that's what I like about it.. but very effective. The release is concluded with Drop A Dime, a jazzy movie theme type track. With warm minor jazz chords and spoken vocals, this is an interesting track and one that gives the band a chance to stretch a little again in a more musical way.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

San Diego Music TV Presents.."Monday Night Jams" w/ Charles Burton Blues Band



San Diego Music TV Presents...
Monday Night Jams @the 710 Beach Club, San Diego's Pacific Beach

Monday, April 29: Charles Burton Blues Band & Two Other Quality Acts
(San Diego) - San Diego Music TV and Starlit Productions turns the 710 Beach Club at Pacific Beach into a rockin' beach party with the best live music every Monday night! This Monday, April 29 features the always-lively music of the Charles Burton Blues Band plus special guests, Morgan Leigh Band and 22 Kings. 9 pm-closing. No cover. Info: (858) 483-7844 or https://www.facebook.com/710beachclubpb. All sets filmed for San Diego Music TV on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvJqr5UY0xHXg4jAeiY30UA

Check out a feature on Burton, also known as "San Diego's  Blues Ambassador to the World," in the March 2013 issue of Blues E-News:
 

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Charles Burton has performed for over forty years and has released four Cd's with the Charles Burton Blues Band. Burton currently spends about six months a year touring throughout Europe. In addition to his own group, Burton also often performs with another popular San Diego blues band, the Bayou Brothers. His most recent album release is "Favorites," a collection of tasty covers by well-known artists including Duke Robillard, Doc Pomus, and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson to name a few.  
                     What The Press Is Saying About Charles Burton

"Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable...widely regarded as the best blues guitarist in San Diego."

                                                                                     SAN DIEGO ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

"Favorites provides a great vehicle for the Charles Burton Blues Band to showcase their tight ensemble playing."
                                           BARRELHOUSE BLUES 
"Though the music here has international appeal, Burton and his guitar play good old American Roadhouse Blues, mixing in some interesting pop/rock choices...he can sing just fine and his guitar playing is clean and versatile."       SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hey, San Diego: Want Some? Come Get Some - Blues, That Is: Charles Burton Band At Tio Leo's This Thursday Night!


                 
 Hey San Diego: Want Some? Come Get Some - Blues, That Is!
Charles Burton Band In Concert At Tio Leo's Thursday Night 
           
   (San Diego) - Kick off the upcoming Easter weekend early with some tasty blues courtesy of the Charles Burton Blues Band at Tio Leos, 5302 Napa St., Thursday, March 28. 8-11 p.m. $10. cover. Info: (619) 542-1462 or https://www.facebook.com/TioLeos. 

     Check out a feature on Burton in the March 2013 issue of Blues E-News:
 

   Known as "San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the World," Burton has performed for over forty years and has released four Cd's with the Charles Burton Blues Band. Burton currently spends about six months a year touring throughout Europe. In addition to his own group, Burton also often performs with another popular San Diego blues band, Bayou Brothers. His most recent album release is "Favorites," a collection of tasty covers by well-known artists including Duke Robillard, Doc Pomus, and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson to name a few.  
 
"Favorites provides a great vehicle for the Charles Burton Blues Band to showcase their tight ensemble playing."                  BARRELHOUSE BLUES 
 
"Though the music here has international appeal, Burton and his guitar play good old American Roadhouse Blues, mixing in some interesting pop/rock choices...he can sing just fine and his guitar playing is clean and versatile."                                                                                                                 SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR                                            
                                                 www.charlesburton.com 
                      https://www.facebook.com/charles.burton.16?ref=ts 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bust A Move To Buster's In Long Beach : Charles Burton Blues Band In The House This Sunday



                    
                     Hey All You Blues, Swing, And Dance Lovers:
           BUST A MOVE TO BUSTER'S BEACH HOUSE IN LONG BEACH:
                                Charles Burton Blues Band
         IS IN THE HOUSE!  - THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 17 - 4 PM MATINEE SHOW!
   (LONG BEACH) - Charles Burton, the longtime stellar guitarist-vocalist known as "San Diego's Blues Ambassador To The World," comes north for a special 4 p.m. Matinee Show this Sunday, March 17 at Buster's Beach House, 168 N. Marina Drive, in Long Beach. $15-$20 donation requested. Info: (562) 598-9431 or log onto https://www.facebook.com/bustersbeachhouse. Also performing: Coco Montoya and Friends plus the Cadillac Zack Band.
   Watch a live performance of the song "Gangster Of Love" by the Charles Burton Band below.


    Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands in Los Angeles (1970's), Honolulu (1980's), Tokyo (1990's), and Fresno, California. He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival playing with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs with the Charles Burton Blues Band, and has toured Europe headlining festivals, culture houses, and clubs twice a year since 2005. In 2007/2008 he toured Scandinavia with Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers), playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge finals. That same year he took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues competition. Burton's latest CD release "Favorites"  is a collection of.tasty remakes including "Tell Me Why" by Duke Robillard; "Early In The Morning" by Louis Jordan; and Litlle Walter's "Last Night."
  

"Rockabilly styled blues with a swinging backbeat and a solid groove throughout that keeps the whole thing shuffling onward in the most pleasant fashion. The Charles Burton Blues Band is in shape and it shows with a sparseness that fits the genre without bogging it down with so much flash that the beautiful simplicity is lost. It speaks volumes of the bands experience and musical knowledge that they do not need to show off their skills at every turn, but instead they serve the songs while adding their voice at the same time."                                                   THE HAZARD REPORT
    
                                                      www.charlesburton.com 
                      https://www.facebook.com/charles.burton.16?ref=ts

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Steamin' Blues Down San Diego Way: Charles Burton, Bayou Brothers In Concert With "Queen of Steam," Michele Lundeen


                       San Diego Blues 'n' Swing Dancers Alert:
               The "Queen Of Steam" Michele Lundeen In Concert
         With Charles Burton & The Bayou Brothers - Friday, March 8 
                
   (Cardiff By The Sea) - Calling all San Diego area Blues, Zydeco, and Swing Music Lovers: Here's a show that can't be beat - blues singer extraordinaire  Michele Lundeen a/k/a "The Queen Of Steam," teaming up in concert with guitar ace Charles Burton and San Diego's favorite zydeco group the Bayou Brothers, all together under one roof at the Encinitas Elks Club, 1393 Windsor Rd., Cardiff By The Sea, Friday, March 8. Early 7 p.m. start; $10. Info: (760) 753-2443.

                                              
                                              Meet The Artists
      Michele Lundeen, dubbed the "Queen Of Steam" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage  presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as "Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt" (or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a POWERFUL, SOULFUL vocalist with an incomparable style all her own, effortlessly blending classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both Northern Nevada and Southern California, Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right. www.michelelundeen.com.
     Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands in Los Angeles (1970's), Honolulu (1980's), Tokyo (1990's), and Fresno, California. He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival playing with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs with the Charles Burton Blues Band, and has toured Europe headlining festivals, culture houses, and clubs twice a year since 2005. In 2007/2008 he toured Scandinavia with Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers), playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge finals. That same year he took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues competition. Widely regarded as the best blues guitarist in San Diego, Charles is San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the world. www.charlesburton.com.
  
   With a sound straight out of Louisiana's dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils, the Bayou Brothers will rock you right on into "Fat Tuesday" with their extensive experience and endless enthusiasm to deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin', foot stompin' musical gumbo y'all won't soon forget!!! Start with a blend of accordion, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and rubboard, add three-part harmonies, mix it up with a lot of rockin' Zydeco, blues, R&B and that great Mardi Gras sound, toss in dazzling showmanship and a big old dance floor and you get the hot, spicy musical jambalaya that IS the Bayou Brothers! www.bayoubrothers.net.
                                                  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Favorite Reviews For The Charles Burton Blues Band's Album



    
   Favorite Reviews For The Charles Burton Blues Band Album, "Favorites"                     
"Recorded at the end of one of Charles Burton's tours, this session features eleven favorite songs that bring instant recognition when he sings 'em. With the leader playing guitar, Arnold Ludvig on bass and Asmus Jensen on drums, each selection comes through clearly with plenty of energy to spare. Burton sings forcefully and delivers a clear lyric, but it's the band that drives each message loud and clear. They appear to be on top of their game, as seamless as a blanket and as tight as a workshop vise."  
                                                                                                          SOUTHLAND BLUES

"As a blues guitarist and songwriter/singer, Charles Burton has released four CDs - two with fabulous songs of his own pennings and two giving loving care to blues and r&b covers..."                                                                                        SAN DIEGO ACOUSTIC    
"'Favorites' provides a great vehicle for The Charles Burton Blues Band to showcase their tight ensemble playing...the band sets a great groove and allows the music to breathe. Tight, light, and with plenty of soul - just the way we like it."           BARRELHOUSE BLUES

"A very adept and soulful guitarist, Charles treats us to many familiar tunes...he even gets his Classics IV groove on with 'Spooky." Guitar work is constructed very nicely...each tune here will ring true to you, familiarity is good on many levels."                              BLUES 411

"Burton has put together eleven of his favorite tunes and has created a pretty entertaining album...a tight rendition of Duke Robillard's "Tell Me Why" opens the recording getting started down the Texas-style blues path...nice job Charles and congratulations on a cool CD."                                                                                               BMANS BLUES REPORT

"...A team of talented tune-smiths...the Johnny 'Guitar' Watson  cut "Gangster Of Love" features some noteworthy guitar work and further proves the band can really work their faves and yet remain true to the spirit of the genre."                                     L.A. EXAMINER

"Good blues guitarist with a good enough voice to handle all the material here (on 'Favorites')...for straight blues, best effort here is Duke Robillard's 'Tell Me Why.'"                                                                                                                                       BLUES BYTES

"One never gets tired of listening to the great music and The Charles Burton Blues Band certainly knows how to deliver up these favorites...delivered with the energy,simplicity and authority that only a seasoned three-piece blues band can, "Favorites" is a must-have for the discriminating music connoisseur."                                                      BOOMEROCITY 

"These renditions of some great Blues and R&B tunes does more than justice to them, and defines the difference between a cover and an interpretation."     ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE

"Guitarist/singer Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable."                                        BLUES FESTIVAL E-GUIDE

"Rockwired's Jazzed And Blues presents Charles Burton, San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the World."                                                                                                     ROCKWIRED

"Another good name I recommend for you to check out is guitarist Charles Burton....his playing deserves your serious attention!"                                                   GUITAR ON SKY
  
"American Veterans Radio is proud to bring to the World  The Charles Burton Blues Band as our Spotlight Artist of the Week!"                                    AMERICAN VETERANS RADIO
                                       

  Check out Burton's skillful guitar playing on a live version of the track "Gangster Of Love."


                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8B8X68BO_U
                                               Charles Burton - A Brief Bio
 Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands in Los Angeles (1970's), Honolulu (1980's), Tokyo (1990's), and Fresno, California. He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival playing with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs with the Charles Burton Blues Band, and has toured Europe headlining festivals, culture houses, and clubs twice a year since 2005. In 2007/2008 he toured Scandinavia with Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers), playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge finals. That same year he took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues competition. Widely regarded as the best blues guitarist in San Diego, Charles is San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the World.

                                                      www.charlesburton.com 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Charles Burton Blues Band Performing At San Diego's Adams Avenue Street Fair



    
                      Charles Burton (pictured) performs at the 31st Annual Adams Ave. Street Fair this Sunday.


                                       CHARLES BURTON BLUES BAND  
                                                      PERFORMING AT  
  31ST ANNUAL ADAMS AVENUE STREET FAIR IN SAN DIEGO - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 

   (San Diego, Calif) - Known as "San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the World" due to his constant overseas touring, guitarist Charles Burton, just back from an extended European tour during which he played multiple shows with legendary bluesman Lazy Lester, performs at the  31st Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair, 4649 Hawley Blvd., Sunday, September 30. 1:15-2:15 p.m. Info: www.adamsavenueonline.com.  Burton will share the stage at the huge two-day event with such music notables as Coco Montoya, Junior Watson, and The Paladins, among others.  

 
     Burton's most recent album release, Favorites, has been receiving favorable reviews.  

"Guitarist/singer Charles Burton plays with fire."              Blues Festival E-Guide.  

"Favorites provides a great vehicle for the Charles Burton Blues Band to showcase their tight ensemble playing."                                                    Barrlehouse Blues

"An entertaining album with some pretty hot riffs."            BMan's Blues Report

"Eleven favorites that bring instant recognition when Burton sings 'em...Burton and company are on top of their game - as seamless as a blanket and as tight as a workshop vise."                                                                                Southland Blues
     Check out Burton's skillful guitar playing on the title track from his album I Wouldn't Lie To You in the You Tube video below.   


                                               Charles Burton - A Brief Bio
 Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands in Los Angeles (1970's), Honolulu (1980's), Tokyo (1990's), and Fresno, California. He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival playing with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs with the Charles Burton Blues Band, and has toured Europe headlining festivals, culture houses, and clubs twice a year since 2005. In 2007/2008 he toured Scandinavia with Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers), playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge finals. That same year he took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues competition. Widely regarded as the best blues guitarist in San Diego, Charles is San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the World.

                                                      wwwcharlesburton.com
                 https://www.facebook.com/charles.burton.16?ref=ts               

Friday, June 8, 2012

Favorites - The Charles Burton Blues Band



Just got a copy of Favorites, the new release by The Charles Burton Blues Band. Burton has put together 11 of his favorite tunes and has created a pretty entertaining album. A tight rendition of Duke Robillard's Tell Me Why opens the recording getting started down the Texas style blues path. A rhumba version of Early In The Morning shows the bands versatility and finds Burton airing his strings out a bit... tasty. The band turns to it's jazzier side of the blues with a more traditional version of Spooky. A Texas style version of Big Bill Broonzy's Key To The Highway allows the band to stretch a bit with some pretty hot riffs. Doc Pomus is covered on Little Sister, a traditional rocker which is done with a little twang for spice. next is a cover of Sly Stone's If You Want Me To Stay which is my favorite track on the release. Arnold Ludvig does a pretty nice little bass interlude here and the basic light funk integrity is held with some real tasty guitar riffs. A cover of Little Walter's Last Night is well done with guitar solos on this slow blues number to please the guitar guys like me. last up is Johnny Guitar Watson's Gangster Of Love. The original format of this track isn't changed too much but Burton's guitar soloing is on a totally different track than Watson. Nice job Charles and congratulations on a cool cd.
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