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1957, Milwaukee, USA. Coming from a long line of musicians, Burks was taught to play the guitar at an early age by his bass playing father. He began playing live at the age of six and by his teens was playing regularly in his fathers Bradley Ferry Country Club in Camden. The closure of the club in the mid-80s forced Burks to reassess his musical career, and he found work as a technician at Lockheed-Martin, while continuing to play clubs and festivals in his spare time. He recorded his independently released debut From The Inside Out at the end of the 90s, which served as a fine showcase for his soulful vocals and lightning quick guitar runs. The album was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, with the increased press interest leading to a contract with the prestigious blues label Alligator Records. The highly accomplished albums Make It Rain (2001) and I Smell Smoke (2003) followed at the start of the new millennium, earning Burks favourable comparisons to blues...