Kevin Burt – Thank You Brother Bill – A Tribute To Bill Withers


Kevin Burt - Thank You Brother Bill - A Tribute To Bill Withers

Kevin Burt – Thank You Brother Bill – A Tribute To Bill Withers
Format: CD
Label: Gulf Coast Records
Release: 2024

Release date: January 5, 2024

This is Burt’s second album for Gulf Coast Records, which released his ‘Stone Crazy‘ in 2020.

‘Thank You, Brother Bill: A Tribute to Bill Withers’ was recorded at The Sound Box Recording Studio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by engineers Richard Shultz and Jon Limmer, with assistant engineers Daren Barker, Antonio Chalmers and Isaiah Holtz. The mixing and mastering was done by David Ferrell at Dockside Studios in New Orleans.

Kevin Burt has been a force for years and is finally getting the International recognition he so deeply deserves,” says Gulf Coast Records founder Mike Zito. “His voice is commanding and soulful and his songs are honest and from the heart. On his new album, Kevin resonates his soul with the music of Bill Withers. They have a connection deeper than their voices. This album is a must for all Bill Withers fans and will bring Kevin Burt to the masses.”

“Listening to Bill Withers tell a story or sing a song for me is one and the same,” adds Kevin Burt. “It instantly attaches itself to my soul. Mr. Withers told me in a roughly two-hour conversation we had many things that (pardon the pun) lean on today. One of those nuggets of insight was to ‘tell the stories that make me feel most vulnerable, that’s what people connect with.’ His story relates to my story. His songs relate to different points in time in my life like no other as an artist. I hope to someday have an impact on someone else’s world the way Mr. Withers has had an impact on mine. I hope that you enjoy the stories/songs as much as I have over the years. These are some of my favorites, not just because of the words or the story, but because of their attachment to my own personal story, I hope that I did the songs justice. Big love, Brother Bill Withers, and big love to you all.”

For nearly 30 years, Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest, 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 to B.B. King.

Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor that audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl.

Most people have been introduced to him as a one-of-a-kind solo performer; however, he is a remarkable entertainer and frontman with his band, Kevin Burt & Big Medicine, with featured guitarist Ken Valdez, who is, himself, a masterful and revered musician in the Minneapolis music scene.

The rhythm section of Eric Douglas (drums) and the incomparable Scot Sutherland (bass) provide a solid foundation for a soulful, funky, blues experience. When you have the Blues, Kevin Burt and Big Medicine might not cure you, but they will make you feel better!


01. Who is He (and What is He to You)?
02. Kissing My Love
03. World Keeps Going Round and Round
04. Just the Two of Us
05. I’m Her Daddy
06. Ain’t No Sunshine
07. Lean On Me
08. Let Us Love
09. Another Day To Run
10 . Grandma’s Hands
11. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
12. Hope She’ll Be Happier
12. Thank You Brother Bill – written by Kevin Burt

Kevin Burt – Guitar, Harmonica, Lead Vocals
Scot Sutherland – Bass
Ken Valdez – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Eric Douglas – Drums/Percussion