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.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Burns on Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) with Dan Bindert
"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
- Scott Dirks