Eddie Burns – Snake Eyes (w/ Jimmy Burns)
Delmark DE 758 (2002)
Eddie Burns and John Lee Hooker became fast friends when they met in 1948, and remained so until Hooker passed away recently. Burns backed Hooker at Chess Records in 1965 playing on Hook’s classic The Real Folk Blues. Eddie Burns’ plaintive voice, wailing harmonica, and sure-handed guitar hearken back to the heyday of Detroit blues a half-century ago. Burns, who like his peers grew up in Mississippi, is now the last of Detroit’s postwar legends to still live and play in the Motor City. Eddie’s brother, Jimmy Burns, has one of Delmark’s top sellers with Leaving Here Walking (Delmark 694). Snake Eyes contains fifteen songs, including twelve Eddie Burns originals.