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9PM, Sat., April 12

George's Roadhouse Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB E4L 1G9

$10 in advance (@ Ducky's 536 1344) or
$12 @ the door
Special Student Price $6 (at the door only, ID required)

“To me, there's only one kind of music, and that's good music." Jimmy Burns

Singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Jimmy Burns is a contemporary bluesman whocombines 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 whowould 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 aroundtown.

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 GreatBritain. 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 midnineties. 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 to record a CD. Leaving Here Walking was a hit right out of the gate, winning Best Blues Record of the Year, from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD), the French Academie Du Jazz's Big Bill Broonzy Award, and two W.C. Handy Award nominations. National and international tours followed, as Burns played to enthusiastic audiences in clubs and festivals across the country, and in Europe and Japan.

Sitting at Andy's--one of Chicago's jazz waterholes--and watching Burns somehow getting inside the heads and hearts of even the most unsuspecting tourists, was special. Special because his brand of blues doesn't bludgeon your head on its way in, but rather seeps its way through even the most subtle of orifices...including those that open up when your hair stands on end listening to him. Special because we had just seen 60+ world-class acts the night before at the Blues Awards in Memphis and there were not too many that could match the soul, the verve or the sheer humanity of this man and his superb band. We hope you will come out take this very special, final offering of the season.

For more on the band, please visit: jimmyburnsband.com

“A Canadian songwriting treasure"

For further information, contact:
Tantramarsh Blues Society
C/O Deparment of Philosophy
Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB E4L 1G9
Phone: (506) 536 9000
Fax: (506) 364 2645
E-mail: [email protected]

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