Personnel includes: Michael Burks (vocals, guitar); Vasti Jackson (guitar); Jim Spake (tenor & baritone saxophones); Scott Thompson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernest Williamson (keyboards); David Smith (bass); Steve Potts (drums).
Producers: Michael Burks, Jim Gaines, Bruce Iglauer.
Recorded At Ardent Studio, Memphis, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Cary Wolfson.
Personnel: Michael Burks (vocals, guitar); Jim Spake (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Scott Thompson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernest Williamson (keyboards); Steve Potts (drums).
After nearly 20 years as a performer, Michael Burks finally issued this debut disc, and his years of practical blues experience are evident on every track. While some of the guitar pyrotechnics may be more technique than substance, it cannot be denied that this fellow can tear up his ax. He sets the stakes on the muscular opener, "Hit the Ground Running," and maintains the intensity level through moodier tunes like "Beggin' Business." While his vocals are not stellar, he has a rich, gritty quality to his singing that is nicely matched to his guitar playing. ~ Tim Sheridan
CMJ (4/16/01, p.28) - "...With his intense, toneful licks and gravelly bass voice, Burks gives his brand of the blues a much-needed kick inthe pants..."
JazzTimes (6/01, p.106) - "...Burks displays his extraordinary chops and emotive, real-deal vocals....coming closest in spirit to the late, great Albert King..."
Living Blues (5-6/01, pp.64, 66) - "...There's plenty to savor here....His fretwork is sure-fingered and supple...making for a refreshing meld of homage and exploration..."
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