Arkansas-based blues guitarist/vocalist Michael “Iron Man” Burks will perform as part of the Delta Guitar Slingers, which also features Lucky Peterson and Sherman Robertson, at the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March, 27, 2011.
Burks will perform songs from his latest Alligator release, IRON MAN. Boasting remarkable natural talent and deep-rooted soulfulness, Burks’ music is driven by an intense, blue collar work ethic that has earned him well-deserved national recognition, making him one of the blues world’s fastest-rising stars. Burks’ powerful presence, inventive and riveting guitar work and soul-shaking vocals make him the torchbearer of electric blues guitar heroes. His instantly identifiable guitar sound and his live charisma have already earned him four Blues Music Award nominations. Burks’ first Alligator release, MAKE IT RAIN, was named as one of the Top 200 greatest guitar recordings by GuitarOne magazine. In 2006, the Delta Cultural Center awarded Burks the prestigious Sonny Payne Award for Blues Excellence, presented each year to an individual or individuals who have strongly influenced blues music in Arkansas. Concert information is as follows: Michael “Iron Man” Burks earned his moniker by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack, and tough, smoky vocals. He also earned it by the thousands of miles he personally logged behind the wheel of his touring van. Burks is a true modern blues hero. Nobody in today’s blues world successfully bridges searing electric guitar blues with unbridled rock and roll energy like Burks. The Chicago Sun- Times recently said Burks is “poised on the brink of major stardom.” With the release of his latest CD, IRON MAN, Burks is set to take his place beside the biggest names in the blues. Produced by Burks and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer and fueled by Burks’ hard-driving road band, IRON MAN (featuring seven of twelve songs written or co-written by Burks) is an electrifying slice of emotional, rocked-out blues. His fiery fretwork, gruff, fervent vocals and overwhelming intensity are captured live in the studio. The album features some of the hottest guitar playing and most soulful singing Burks has ever recorded. The unstoppable, heartfelt intensity that Michael brings to the stage lies at the very core of his appeal. Dedicated fans around the country and in Europe, Australia and South America already know and appreciate the sweat and passion he pours out each night. The music on IRON MAN – forged by his unquestionable talent and fueled by the experience of years on the road – proves that electric guitar blues is alive and well in the hands of the Iron Man, Michael Burks.
For a complete lineup, visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org