The Burnsville Band, Established 2007
Steve Burns has been playing guitar for 46 years and started as a hard rocker. He was introduced to the blues in 1987 after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan. Gripped by the the soulful delivery of the vocals and guitar, he decided to turn his attention to the blues. His influences are some of which include BB King, Billy Gibbons, Keith Richards, SRV, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters and many more, including all of his teachers and fellow band mates over the years. His style is an honest, soulful and tasty combo of his years of experience in morphed into the blues.
In 2008, Burns started the Burnsville Band and carved a niche in the San Diego music scene by landing the Saturday night house band residency at the House of Blues continued for 4 years untill 2012. Additionally Burnsville Band had regular gigs at the top clubs, casinos and festivals throughout San Diego County. In 2010, they released their debut CD "Give Me a Job" and received accolades and great reviews, plus it was nominated for a San Diego Music Awards "Best Blues CD".
In 2014, after relocating to the Vail Valley, the Burnsville Band regrouped with local players to once again establish a strong following. They have had a great response from the locals saying, "its refreshing to hear the blues here in the valley"
Like most bands, Burnsville Band is continually evolving. The glue that keeps it together are the core players Steve Burns and Brett Scott. They have a shared vision and commitment to this music which keeps them gigging. They continually attract quality players who share their love of the blues. And whether they perform as a trio or a 4-piece band, they skillfully pay homage to their favorite blues artists and captivate their fans with original tunes. Currently, the Burnsville Band is working on recording a collection of new, original unreleased songs with a drop date of Spring 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.
Here are are some fan testimonies:
"They jell together," said long-time fan Dr. David Libs ad 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."
Another fan raved about the Burnsville Band, " the best way to describe Steve Burns is he's blazing hot!" said huge, supporter Diana Stoddard of San Diego. "Steve will be strumming his guitar and he looks up and then closes his eyes. All of a sudden the man in the car guitar are one! I can sense the inner self coming right through his guitar! Singing, playing guitar, and doing this song cut you loose on the band CD yeah it's the best!"
"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.