Living Blues

Living Blues

Jimmy Burns is a hard-edged, soulful mainstay on today's Chicago blues scene and it is this very authenticity that has made him a hit with audiences far and wide since his 1996 Delmark Records debut CD Leaving Here Walking. The fact that Burns is such a Chicago stalwart, however, means he rarely tours, so this new DVD will be especially welcomed by his now international fan base.

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Mojo

Mojo

After two exemplary studio albums, the Chicago-based singer-guitarist plays some of those tracks, plus others, in a jubilant set at one of the city's best clubs. Burns' forte is reworking standard blues with imagination and soul, qualities not coarsened by the live setting. The performance is also available on a Delmark DVD.

Blues Revue

Blues Revue

For a man who began his professional career singing doo-wop before making a convincing segue into R&B (his rare mid-'60s singles for USA and Tip Top are splendid Windy City soul), guitarist Jimmy Burns has made quite a name for himself on the Chicago blues circuit during the past decade. Of course, Delta blues runs deep in the Dublin, Mississippi, native's bloodstream. As a lad, he listened intently to Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, and his older brother Eddie became a post-war Detroit blues pioneer.

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Elmore

Elmore

Recorded at B.L.U.E.S.'s 28th annual BBQ, Burns is another of those otherwise obscure musicians who, on first hearing, just flat gobsmacks you. Bob Koester at Delmark continues to put out some of the finest blues and jazz recordings around, and this is one.

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WBEZ with Dan Bindert

WBEZ with Dan Bindert

Jimmy Burns on Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) with Dan Bindert

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"Chicago's Jimmy Burns accompanies his soulful, countrified voice with unstoppable rhythms and sure-handed solos.

- Guitar Player

 

"Easily one of the finest singers on the scene."

- Blues Revue

 

"This is one powerful set of tunes. Killer rhythms, poignant keyboards, and sweet guitar action makes this an award contender."

- Jazz & Blues Report, (Review of Night Time Again)

 

"Richly textured originals...clear forceful vocals."

- Living Blues

 

"Jimmy Burns' musical resume reads like a history of blues and R&B from the last fifty years...During a live set of Jimmy's music you're likely to hear his powerful interpretations of songs by Elmore James and Muddy Waters, alongside those by Curtis Mayfield and Ray Charles, plus Jimmy's own thoroughly contemporary originals.

- Scott Dirks