Singer, guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Burns is a contemporary Bluesman who combines his Delta roots with R&B and soul to craft a sound uniquely his own. Burns is a charismatic performer with an expressive, soulful voice and a melodic guitar style to match. With a keen sense of his musical heritage, Burns has created an upbeat style that has won critical acclaim both at home and abroad.
As R&B turned to soul in the 60s, Burns cut a few soul singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. One of his Erica singles, “I Really Love You,” is a collector’s item in Great Britain. Burns traveled throughout the Midwest with a band called the Fantastic Epics. They appeared at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago on a bill with Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds.
With the Blues never far from his soul, Burns returned to playing full time in the mid-1990s. He started out with a regular gig at The Smoke Daddy in Chicago, and it wasn’t long before Bob Koester of Delmark Records signed him to record a CD. Leaving Here Walking was a hit right out of the gate, winning Best Blues Record of the Year from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD), the French Academie Du Jazz’s Big Bill Broonzy Award and two W.C. Handy Award nominations. National and international tours followed, as Burns played to enthusiastic audiences in clubs and festivals across the country, and in Europe, Canada and Japan. Burns currently hosts the Monday night blues jam every other week at Buddy Guy’s Legends and can be found playing often at other clubs around town.