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Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine Journalist

Stone Crazy by Kevin Burt

Available October 16, 2020 on Gulf Coast Records

http://www.gulfcoastrecords.net

For more than 25 years, Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul inspired presentation is unique which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like the late Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King. Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come on to the most playful growl.

Kevin Burt will release his brand-new album Stone Crazy on October 16, 2020, via Gulf Coast Records. The album was produced by musician/producer Mike Zito and was recorded at Marz Studios in Nederland, TX.

Stone Crazy, Kevin’s first album on the Gulf Coast Records label, comprises ten songs all written by Kevin Burt with the exception of the Bill Withers tune Better Off Dead. Burt describes song writing as a journey, a journey in which he tells stories of observations he’s made along the way. The songs on this album are his observations and experiences in life that have shaped how he views love and relationships. Kevin’s wife Nicole is his muse and biggest influencer and is the inspiration for many of the songs on this album. Stone Crazy is a glimpse into Burt’s journey.

In Review: Stone Crazy by Kevin Burt is a fantastic debut release for this label and is a great introduction of his talents to fans of the blues that may not be familiar with his work. Kevin takes you through the history of the genre with everything from classical blues riffs and measures to his own uniquely colorful and inspiring creations. Kevin delivers a soulful and flavorful performance, with a gritty homespun sound that takes you into the smokey nightclubs and southern style tap-room dance halls. What I enjoyed is his voice, it has an inviting tone tat really makes you listen to his words, his vocals compliment his playing and is a second instrument with incredible range.

Listening to the title track, “Stone Crazy”, we find that Kevin Burt is also very much the romantic, and shows that the blues can be a strong medium for love songs, in fact all of the tracks on this album are in each of themselves an eye and heart opening experience.

But, for every track on this album, a pick for most inspiring is the song Got To Make A Change, I feel this song is most poignant. In our present social situations in time, without making any direct reference, Kevin points out that true change comes from within and offers a stirring commentary. In Stone Crazy, Kevin promises to thrill and entertain, and he is a man of his words and delivers the goods.

Kevin Burt has won many awards and played many festivals both solo and with his band. In 2018,  Kevin “B.F.” Burt absolutely crushed it at the Blues Foundations 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC) taking home top honors in three categories. Kevin won first place Solo/Duo, the Cigar Box Guitar Award recognizing him as the best guitar player in the Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player.  Kevin was among 235 bands & solo/duo acts from around the world entered into the 5-day event on Beale Street.

In 2019, Kevin Burt was nominated for a Blues Music Award for his debut album Heartland And Soul (Best Emerging Artist Album) and was inducted in the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.

More about this iconic artist and his music online at is web site and the record labels site below.

Kevin Burt official website – http://www.kevinburtmusic.com

Gulf Coast Records official website – https://www.gulfcoastrecords.net

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/kevinburtmusic

Photo Credit- Norma Touchette


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About Joseph Timmons (9172 Articles)
I am the Father of 5 and a "Would Be Philosopher of Idiocy" - Author and Writer for several Blogs and Online Magazine. Review Journalist, Musician and Audio Buff. Follow Me and I'm Sure to Entertain.

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