Charles Burton, the longtime stellar guitarist-vocalist known as "San Diego's Blues Ambassador To The World," comes north for a special 4 p.m. Matinee Show this Sunday, March 17 at Buster's Beach House, 168 N. Marina Drive, in Long Beach. $15-$20 donation requested. Info: (562) 598-9431 or log onto https://www.facebook.com/
bustersbeachhouse. Also performing: Coco Montoya and Friends plus the Cadillac Zack Band.
Watch a live performance of the song "Gangster Of Love" by the Charles Burton Band below.
Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands in Los Angeles (1970's), Honolulu (1980's), Tokyo (1990's), and Fresno, California. He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival playing with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs with the Charles Burton Blues Band, and has toured Europe headlining festivals, culture houses, and clubs twice a year since 2005. In 2007/2008 he toured Scandinavia with Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers), playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge finals. That same year he took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues competition. Burton's latest CD release "Favorites" is a collection of.tasty remakes including "Tell Me Why" by Duke Robillard; "Early In The Morning" by Louis Jordan; and Litlle Walter's "Last Night."
"Rockabilly styled blues with a swinging backbeat and a solid groove throughout that keeps the whole thing shuffling onward in the most pleasant fashion. The Charles Burton Blues Band is in shape and it shows with a sparseness that fits the genre without bogging it down with so much flash that the beautiful simplicity is lost. It speaks volumes of the bands experience and musical knowledge that they do not need to show off their skills at every turn, but instead they serve the songs while adding their voice at the same time." THE HAZARD REPORT