Blueskool Artist: Kevin "B.F." Burt

Kevin Burt

Blueskool: Saturday July 2

1:30-2:30 Kevin Burt

For over 20 years, Coralville’s Kevin “B.F.” Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the nation, dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique, which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared with greats like B.B. King. Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) and storyteller who was recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators by Iowa Governor Chet Culver in 2009, and he has been the MVBS artist in residence for Blues in the Schools many times. Kevin is a registered artist/educator with the State of Iowa Arts Council. He has written and published a classroom harmonica method book called Just Play It: an Introduction to Blues Harmonica. Kevin has shared the stage with many greats, including Albert Collins, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards, Janiva Magnus, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Robert Cray, Rod Piazza, Terrance Simien, the Holmes Brothers, the Neville Brothers, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Besides playing at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and other Midwest blues festivals, Kevin has performed at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife (Washington, DC).