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Jimmy Burns

Jimmy Burns (born February 27, 1943) was born in Dublin, Mississippi and raised on the Hilliard Cotton Plantation where he learned to play one-string and 12-string guitar. He was the youngest of eleven children and sang in a church choir when he still lived in the Delta and he was influenced by the blues he heard on the streets. At the age of 12, Jimmy Burns moved with his family to Chicago and four years later joined The Medallionaires who recorded a couple of doo-wop tracks. Recording mostly solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He toured the Midwest with his backing group, the Fantastic Epics, and with another outfit called Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company into the early 1970s. Burns took a long break from the music industry after the early 1970s to raise his family and run a barbecue stand.

He performed infrequently until the early part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicago's Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns perform, and agreed to record him after hearing only one set of music. His debut album for Delmark in 1996, "Leaving Here Walking", was awarded the "Best Blues Record of the Year" title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations.

"Night Time Again" was released by Delmark in 1999, followed by "Back To The Delta" in 2003, "Live At B.L.U.E.S." in 2007 and "It Ain't Right" in 2015.

Jimmy Burns played guitar on his brother Eddie's 2002 album Snake Eyes.

Album Discography

 "Leaving Here Walking" (Delmark 1996)

1 Leaving Here Walking
2 Twelve Year Old Boy
3 Miss Annie Lou
4 Whiskey Headed Woman
5 One Room Country Shack
6 Shake Your Boogie
7 Better Know What You're Doing
8 Rollin' And Tumblin'
9 Gypsy Woman
10 How Many Times
11 Mean Mistreating Mama
12 Notoriety Woman
13 Talk To Me
14 Catfish Blues

"Night Time Again" (Delmark 1999)

1 No Consideration 5:06
2 You Say You Need Lovin' 4:30
3 Spend Some Time With Me 4:12
4 Baby Don't Do It 2:48
5 Shake For Me 6:16
6 Wait A Minute 4:20
7 Hard Road 4:21
8 Too Much Loving 3:09
9 Don't Be Late 4:55
10 Hard Woman To Please 5:30
11 Monkey Time 4:51
12 Here It Is Night Time Again 5:35
13 Why You Wanna Start A Fight? 4:43
14 1959 Revisited: A Tribute 2:55

"Back To The Delta" (Delmark 2003)

1 Back To The Delta 4:11
2 Stop The Train 4:54
3 Red Hot Mama 3:52
4 Stranded In Clarksdale 4:02
5 I Wanna Kiss You 3:58
6 I Feel Like Going Home 4:33
7 Country Boy In The City 5:07
8 Groovin' With Jimmy 3:29
9 Who's Been Using That Thing 5:24
10 All About My Woman 2:36
11 Nice And Easy 5:25
12 You're My Desire 4:17
13 Someday Baby 4:25
14 Hoh Many More Years 3:49
15 Yonder Come Miss Rosey 3:01
16 Juke Juke Juked 3:37

 "Live At B.L.U.E.S." (Delmark 2007) 

1 Leaving Here Walking
2 No Consideration
3 Miss Annie Lou
4 Can't Hold Out Much Longer
5 Intro
6 Better Know What You're Doing
7 Whole Lot Of Lovin'
8 Intro
9 Three O'Clock Blues
10 Country Boy In The City
11 Wild About You, Baby
12 Stop The Train

***1/2 Delmark Records knows how to do live albums right. As they've done on other artists recently- on Jimmy Burns they're releasing both a CD and a DVD of "Live At B.L.U.E.S.". It's the first music to come from Burns since his masterful 2003 release "Back To The Delta". Recorded August 13, 2006 at B.L.U.E.S.' annual summer backyard BBG and Blues show Burns and band cook through 10 songs extracted from his three Delmark LPs plus a choice cover or three. Possessing a beefy, soulful voice similar to luminary Robert Cray , Burns is as commanding on stage as he is behind the glass. His Blues melds Chicago and Delta styles or sweaty Funk n' sweet Soul R & B.

 From his National Association Of Independent Record Distributors Blues CD of 1998 "Leaving Here Walking" he delivers the title cut, "Miss Annie Lou" & "Better Know What You're Doing". All keepers. From his even better "Night Time Again" LP he lays down "No Consideration" then a couple for "Delta". Not quite a "best of" but a proper stopgap piece until his next full length. Jesse Fortune guests on the mic for "Three O' Clock Blues". By the way, the DVD has two bonus cuts, an audio interview/commentary special feature!

"It Ain't Right" (Delmark 2015) 

1 Big Money Problem 3:28
2 Will I Ever Find Somebody? 3:58
3 Snaggletooth Mule 3:57
4 Long As You're Mine 3:49
5 Hard Headed Woman 2:44
6 My Heart Is Hangin' Heavy 3:52
7 Crazy Crazy Crazy 3:53
8 A String To Your Heart 5:18
9 Rock Awhile 2:32
10 Stand By Me 5:17
11 Surrounded 3:15
12 I Know You Hear Me Calling 3:56
13 It Ain't Right 4:29
14 Messin' With The Kid 4:10
15 Wade In The Water 3:20

"The Chicago Sessions" (Jimmy Burns 2020) 

1 Cold As Ice 4:11
2 Killing Floor 3:07
3 Back In The Day (Jimmy's Story, Pt. 1) 3:40
4 Everyday I Have The Blues 3:44
5 I Know You're Gone 3:25
6 Stranded In Clarksdale 3:37
7 Mean Old Frisco 3:32
8 Waiting For The Bus (Jimmy's Story, Pt. 2) 3:12
9 I'm Ready 3:06
10 Chicago Avenue (Jimmy's Story, Pt. 3) 2:36

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