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bassist Burton Winn

Burton Winn bass The Saloon San FranciscoLatest update from Burton (October 2009):

Thanks for visiting my SFBlues.net web page. I play bass, sing lead and backup, and record with several bands here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Saloon, that venerable music shrine in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, is home base for many of my gigs. I currently play with Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers most Friday and Sunday nights there, plus I do gigs with Steve Freund, Jan Fanucchi, The Powell St. Blues Band with Yoko Arimichi, Eugene Huggins Blues Band, the Chris Ford Band and vocalist Juce Garcia. Please find The Saloon calendar elsewhere in this site. I also play other places as well: The Fox Theatre, Redwood City; Smitty’s, Sausalito; Petar’s restaurant, Lafayette; Café Van Kleef, Oakland; and The Poor House, San Jose; and as a substitute bassist for other Bay Area bands at various venues. I have rock gig with guitarist Chris Taylor and his rockin’ band featuring Dick McDonough on drums; we appear irregularly at St. James Gate in Belmont, and do hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. My health problems of a few years ago are now gone, and I have recently taken up voice at Bluebear School of Music under the tutelage of Janak Ramachandran.

I have a side project learning vocal Carnatic (Southern Indian Classical) music from guru Kalpagam Kowsic, which has taken me to India, and an Americana project with Eric Blakely (www.ericblakely,com) which has taken me to Austin, TX and England. Please find a free download of Geronimo’s Cadillac at Eric’s website (I’m playing bass and singing backup on the track) and links to Still Life at Full Speed, a CD project I played and sang with Eric.

I have a travel story about a recent trip to India available on India Currents, and as I develop my own website, you can learn more about me on myspace. --  my current schedule, streaming audio, pictures, and other important (and not so important) personal trivia.

Thanks again for your support.

Burton Winn
Burton Winn bass San Francisco
Burton Winn on myspace
as near as we can tell, this page stood untouched since May 2005, or earlier. Certainly no later.
The material in these four panels was added on October 29, 2009.
We've left the moldy oldie stuff in place (two pictures above and all the material below).


Bucks for Burt!!

Burton Winn Benefit
on Sunday, June 5

Hosted by Johnny Nitro
The Saloon

Come on Out and Help Johnny Raise Some Bucks for Burt

Why? Fairly serious, as in very serious bellyache (OK, appendicitis and subsequent infection, seems to be in hand but bassist Burton is to be on his butt for a bit...)


Here's an update from Burton:

...I took a left hand turn after the Johnny Nitro band and explored new music and an old friendship and took a well-deserved break. I traveled to Austin, TX to record, sing, and play with Eric Blakely, a singer/songwriter originally from the East Bay I played with in the late '70's and early 80's, and hang out in my favorite music city (I have "roots" in Texas; my mother and her family are from there). I helped sing, engineer, and produce Blakely's Still Life at Full Speed, and did CD release parties there and a couple of radio and TV shows. I "toured" behind the CD, going as far as the Isle of Arran in Scotland, after playing in London. Check out his website (www.ericblakely.com) for a free download of Geronimo's Cadillac where I play bass and sing backup.
Currently back home, I'm freelancing: I'm playing with Steve Freund, Daniel Castro, Jan Fanucci, Wendy DeWitt, Eugene Huggins, Yoko Aramichi, Chris Ford, Andy Mazzilli and even did a gig with Andre Devito. Home base (or bass) is The Saloon followed by Lou's. I also lost my beret somewhere and got a haircut. I wrote short, dumb, travel stories for the Yahoo Blues Group website.

Anyway, that's what's happening.

August 7, 2004


Burton with Yours Truly Rich Piellisch at The Saloon
photo by Scott Palmer

a little Memory Lane action
(September 2001)

Burton Winn plays bass and sings
on Eric Blakeley's Still Life at Full Speed

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