Kevin Burt Live at Checkers TavernCedar Rapids, IA
January 5, 2020
By Phillip Smith
It’s been around twenty years since I first witnessed Kevin Burt’s early appearances at Checkers Tavern. He’s always been engaging, but this show seemed more special, as Kevin reminisced about playing this venue in his early days as a solo performer. After kicking his show off with “Wake Up Baby”, an original off his Heartland and Soul album, he fabulously played through a mix of covers and original songs. Armed with guitar and harmonica, he covered selections such as Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”, Junior Wells’ “Messing with the Kid”, Richie Havens’ “Freedom”, Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now”, and Buddy Guy’s “Feels Like Rain”. He also played several of my favorite originals, such as “Your Smile”, and “Day Day”. His performance was soulful and heartfelt, and his voice, as always, superb. I enjoyed this one immensely.
* photo by Phillip Smith