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After nearly 20 years as a performer, Michael Burks finally issued this debut disc, and his years of practical blues experience are evident on every track. While some of the guitar pyrotechnics may be more technique than substance, it cannot be denied that this fellow can tear up his ax. He sets the stakes on the muscular opener, "Hit the Ground Running," and maintains the intensity level through moodier tunes like "Beggin' Business." While his vocals are not stellar, he has a rich, gritty quality to his singing that is nicely matched to his guitar playing.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551487821
catalogNumber: 4878
Rank: 41207


  1. Hit the Ground
  2. Got a Way With Women
  3. Beggin' Business
  4. What Can a Man Do?
  5. Mean Old Lady
  6. Everybody's Got Their Hand Out
  7. Thank God for Fools
  8. Make It Rain
  9. Heartless
  10. Don't Let It Be a Dream
  11. Pack It Up
  12. Voodoo Spell

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Burks   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Michael Banks   Track Performer
Vasti Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Thompson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ernest Williamson   Keyboards
David Smith   Bass,Track Performer
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Iglauer   Producer
Jackie Payne   Composer
Jason Latshaw   Engineer
Cary Wolfson   Liner Notes
Michael Burks   Producer
Wightman Harris   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer,Engineer

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