The Left-Handed Guitar Players That Changed Music By John Engel
Rusty Burns is a survivor of rock music’s reckless 1970s and 1980s life on the road – first as the founder, leader, main songwriter and lead guitarist of the band Point Blank, and then as a member of other bands. He toured nearly non-stop for twenty-five years, sometimes headlining, but mostly in support of every major act there was -- living, breathing, and abusing the scene every step of the way. Now, a wholly changed man, he is still around to tell the tale.
An electric guitar player of rare depth and refinement, Burns soldiered through those years to craft boogie-rock and, more notably, jazz-tinged R&B songs. His playing conjures up emotion and excitement. Today, though his audience may have diminished, his creative freedom has grown and the power and soulfulness of his music ripened. Little should anyone care that Rusty Burns plays upside down…
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Read all about Rusty Burns's music and life, a tale of hardship and redemption, in John Engel's Uncommon Sound book.