The Burnsville Band is a blues rock band that was founded in 2006 and moved to the Vail Valley in 2014. They have regular gigs at local pubs including Vail Brewing, Main Street Grill, Bonfire Brewing Company, Brush Creek Grill and Dusty Boot and have begun to perform at clubs, festivals and events throughout Colorado.
Prior to moving to Colorado, the Burnsville Band had great success and played extensively in the top venues and festivals in San Diego and the Southwest. They had a residency at The House of Blues, San Diego, as the Saturday night house band for almost 5 years. And their debut CD "Give Me A Job" received accolades and was nominated Best Blues CD by the San Diego Music Awards in 2010.
The Burnsville band was founded by lead guitarist Steve Burns who plays a mean slide guitar and dobro as well. Steve has shared the stage with Scottie "Mad Dog" Blinn, Anson Fundergerg, and Mike Reilly. He has jammed with Doug McCloud and Larry McCray on the LRBC and shared the stage with Tommy Castro at a very memorable private party after the 2006 blues cruise.
"The best way to describe Steve Burns is he's blazin' hot!" said huge supporter Dianna Stoddard of San Diego. "Steve will be strumming his guitar...he looks up and then closes his eyes. All of a sudden...the man and his guitar on one! I can sense his inner-self coming right out thru his guitar! Singing, playing guitar and doing the song "Cut You Loose" on the band's CD...Yeah!"
"They jell together," said long-time fan Dr. David Libs added, "They play with the audience vs. to the audience, and they just seem to have a smile on their face all the time. They have a ball, every concert I've been to, and they talk to the audience, making everyone seem special. They are very humble and have incredible talent."
"Give Me a Job" on the Double Barrel Records label, released May 2010.
was nominated for Best Blues CD by the San Diego music awards
4 out of 5 stars and an overall "Good on the Ears"
ByBlues411on December 14, 2011
This is the first release from the San Diego based Bluesville Band and it hits the spot on many levels. Featuring Steve Burns on guitars, dobro and slide, plus vocals and a solid band of brothers in arms including Joe Bernal guitar and vocals; Michael McGinty on keyboards; Dave Seely on bass and great cover photo; and Joseph Hager on drums.
These boys seem equally at ease giving us some stripped down acoustic country blues sounds as well as hard edged electrified slow blues. What impresses me is the overall theme of the release. Give Me A Job is a look into what the corporate greed and lack of oversight has brought to the nation (if not the world). The aforementioned cover photo (and CD cover) of a musician with the bands equipment stashed in a grocery cart being wheeled down the street so poignantly captures the essence of life as we know it currently.
Playing to this theme we hear Joe offering a scathing whack job on 'Ristocrat Blues', written by Steve Burns and Richard Rachel, all over the sweet sounding B-3 keyboard work of McGinty. The final cut on this release "Road Warrior Blues' depicts the life of the working class/salesperson/executive/musician - every person, who has lost their luggage and is therefore at the mercy of airlines and policies who nevertheless, must venture forth with their required agenda of meetings etc. Could very well be the next anthem if the TSA has their way with us. Two covers here of note are an excellent version of the James Cotton 'Cut You Loose', and the Roosevelt Sykes ''Drivin' Wheel' done long and slow like a good garbage fire, keeping us toasty on a cold night of living in the streets.