The Burnsville Band is a blues/rock band based in Vail Valley, Colorado that has developed a powerful reputation for keeping blues music alive and growing in the Rocky Mountains. Bandleader Steve Burns began life as a rock musician but, one day back in the 80's, traded a Rush cassette for a Stevie Ray Vaughan album and had his “come to the blues” moment. After numerous projects.
Burns launched Burnsville Blues Band in San Diego, California in 2006, built a loyal following, and played extensively throughout southern California while holding a residency at the House of Blues from 2008 to 2012. Burns relocated to Colorado in 2014, rebuilt the band, and established a new audience.
Burnsville released its debut album, Give Me A Job, in 2010 to ecstatic reviews and a nomination for Best Blues Album by the San Diego Music Awards.
Now, Burns and his core group, featuring Brett Scott on bass and Mike Bahr on drums, are writing new material and building a fanbase around the Vail area. A new release is in the works. As an artist, Burns is influenced by icons like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Alvin Lee, and Billy Gibbons but uses his finely-honed creative instincts to remain his own man at all times.
Why the blues? “It's a thrill to play the blues because of the passion and emotion that comes through the music to the soul,” he says, “It’s an energy exchange between the audience and the band that creates a euphoria.” Those who’ve experienced the Burnsville Blues brand of euphoria know just how strong a potion the group and Burns, himself, have to offer. Colorado blues fans should treat themselves and discover Burnsville Blues today.
Photos by Nick Burns
Currently, the Burnsville Band is working on recording a collection of new, original unreleased songs with a drop date of Summer 2019. Burnsville Band have been building a loyal fan base and creating a buzz around town. No surprise here, they are playing authentic American blues music, from traditional to funk, to rocking blues, and everything in between. Soulful, talented, fun, and entertaining are good descriptive words for the Burnsville Band.
Contact: Steve Burns