Debut album Heartland & Soul nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album!
Kevin Burt released his debut album Heartland & Soul (Little Village Foundation) last fall. The album was produced by Jim Pugh who was Robert Cray’s keyboardist for over two decades and features Kevin’s extremely powerful, soulful and expressive vocals, plus a crack band of musicians including Jerry Jemmot who recorded ‘Think’ with Aretha Franklin. Please see below for audio link.
Kevin Burt was the big man of the evening at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last January as he won the three awards he was eligible for: Solo/Duo, Best Solo/Duo Guitarist, and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player. Following his performance at the awards he was also booked to perform at the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival. Kevin is a 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. Two of Kevin’s primary influences are Bill Withers and Aaron Neville and he has the ability to build a great rapport with the audience with his soul-inspired presentation and natural stage presence.
“Burt is a serious songwriter who knows how to craft music to fit his personality, and no one delivers this brand of music better than he does. After listening to Heartland and Soul, one should have no problem seeing why he took all the top honors at the blues competition – this guy is a real winner.” – Living Blues
“In this day and age where celebrity status is often conveyed on people with little discernible skills or talent, it is refreshing when the spotlight finally lands on someone who has worked hard, paid their dues, and actually deserves recognition for their talent. Such is the case with Kevin Burt,” the singer and multi-instrumentalist who created quite a buzz on Beale St. in Memphis during the first three days of this year’s International Blues Challenge, winning 3 awards !! – 1st place in the Solo/Duo category, the Cigar Box Guitar Award for best guitarist in Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for best harmonica player!” – BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE