Bluesman Michael Burks 1957-2012

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Michael Burks, once billed as the future of electric blues passed away yesterday from an apparant heart attack at the age of 54. An imposing figure onstage with lightning in his hands, Burks was a man of few words offstage, meticulous with his sound and protective of his band and appeared at The Parrot several times over the past 10 years. Born in Milwaukee but a longtime Arkansas resident, see his obit in the Fayetteville Flyer here.

Billed as the future of that genre, Michael Burks puts on a clinic in electric blues for the Parrot crowd on a Sunday night in 2005
(photo credits Tony Gregory)