|Michael Burks at the 2008 Pocono Blues Festival|
Photo © Ron Weinstock
On an appealing shuffle, Little Juke Joint, Burks celebrates the small jukes he honed his performing skills. The slow blues, Since I Been Loving You, has Burks singing another lament about his woman’s lies and how he is about to lose his mind. His guitar nicely accents his heartfelt singing here. A change of pace is provided on What Does It Takes To Please You. This performance evokes classic fifties and sixties B.B. King as the rhythm section swings hard. Sharp's piano is particularly outstanding on this.
|Michael Burks from August 21, 2009 at the State Theatre in Falls Church VA. Photo © Ron Weinstock|
My review copy was provided by Alligator Records. Show of Strength is scheduled for release on August 21, a week from when this is blog entry is posted.. You can pre-order from various outlets including Alligator Records itself, www.alligator.com. I conclude this post with a video of Michael Burks performing in Denmark.