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My first exposure to Kevin Burt was in January of 2018 while acting as a judge for the Blues Foundation's 34th International Blues Challenge. Over 200 artists from over a dozen countries, already winners of regional competitions, had been showcasing the previous few days. Now there were just 8 contestants remaining for the finals in each of the band and solo/duo categories. So we were judging the best of the best from all over the world and obviously we were seeing some great music but, for me, and the rest of the full house at the Orpheum Theatre, one artist was a surprise standout. Kevin's talent and his unpretentious charisma and refreshing engagement with the audience made everyone feel good immediately. Entirely unknown to them only minutes earlier, in the space of just a few songs he had the entire audience on their feet giving him a standing ovation.
Original Release Date: October 18, 2018
Release Date: October 18, 2018
Label: Little Village Foundation
Copyright: ℗© 2018 Kevin Burt
Total Length: 51:56
Little Village Foundation artist: Kevin Burt - Heartland & Soul - New Release Review
February 5, 2019
Format: Audio CD
I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Heartland & Soul from Kevin Burt and it's quite entertaining. Opening with Day Day, a funky R&B track with really nice vocals by Kevin Burt . backed by Jerry Jemmott on bass, Derrick DMar Martin on drums, Kid Andersen on guitar, Jon Otis on percussion, Jim Pugh on keys and with Lisa Leuschner on backing vocals, this is a great opener. Thank You is a solid soul track with a great set up. Rhythmic rim shots and a warm bass line set the pace on this one that does a sideward salute to Sly's Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). Working this track over and over, Burt really milks the soul out of it. Very nice. I really like the soulful movement of Real Love and it's traditional R&B vocal phrasing with solid harp work by Burt. A slower, almost folksy take on Lennon & McCartney's Eleanor Rigby reminds me of Richey Havens and that's good. Unsung vocal hero. Never is a super bluesy soul track with some of Burt's best vocals on the release. With a great bass lead by Jemmott and nice guitar lead by Kid Andersen, this is one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is blues shuffle, Wake Up, Baby with Burt on acoustic guitar, vocal and harp. Burt is an entertaining musician, solid singer songwriter and makes a cool album. Check it out.
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