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Friday, July 18, 2008


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8:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.

Michael Burks was born into the blues. His grandfather played Delta style in Camden, and his father played bass alongside harmonica legend Sonny Boy Williamson II. Like any good, probably partly apocryphal blues bio, Burks' has him playing alongside his father by the time he was five. Skip ahead a decade or two and Burks' father has moved the family to Camden and opened the Bradley Ferry Country Club, a 300-seat juke joint, where he installs the younger Burks as the leader of the house band. When the club closed in the mid-'80s, Burks put the blues to the side and worked for a time as a mechanical technician. It wasn't until 1997, when Burks was 40, that he released his debut album. It drew rave reviews. Ever since, he's been steadily grinding it out on the road. For his tireless touring and long, feverish sets, he's earned the nickname “Iron Man,” which is also the title of his latest album. Look out for a fiery guitar attack. Northwest Arkansas's blues group the Eoff Brothers opens the show.

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