Kevin Burt’s New Album ‘Stone Crazy’ Due October 16
Kevin Burt has been plying his trade as an electrifying bluesman for more than a quarter of a century, in the process “dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa.” Burt delivers soul blues with conviction; he sings and plays guitar and harmonica. This is real front-porch soul. His voice draws you in, rich and smooth and emotive.
His first album for Gulf Coast Records, Stone Crazy, will be released October 16. Master musician Mike Zito produced the project which was recorded at Marz Studios in Nederland, Texas. Burt wrote nine of the album’s ten tracks; it makes perfect sense that the other track is Bill Withers’ “Better Off Dead;” Burt’s voice hews closely to the late singers’.
Burt describes songwriting as, “a journey,” a journey in which he tells stories of observations he’s made along the way. The songs on Stone Crazy are his observations and experiences in life that have shaped how he views love and relationships. Kevin’s wife, Nicole, his muse and biggest influencer, is the inspiration for many of the songs on Stone Crazy.
Burt has won many awards and played many festivals, both solo and with his band. In 2018, he crushed it at the Blues Foundation’s 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC), taking home top honors in three categories. Kevin won first place in Solo/Duo, the Cigar Box Guitar Award recognized him as the best guitar player in the Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player. Burt was among over two-hundred bands and solo/duo acts from around the world entered into the five-day event on Beale Street. In 2019, Burt was nominated for a Blues Music Award for his debut album, Heartland And Soul (Best Emerging Artist Album) and was also inducted in the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.
Enjoy the first single from the album, “I Ain’t Got No Problem with It,” and listen to his first album while we await the arrival of the full album Stone Crazy.