Michael “Iron Man” Burks, the celebrated Arkansas blues master who’s attacking style was one of the most powerful in the industry, has passed. It was reported that Burks collapsed in the Atlanta airport on his way back from Italy. He was 54 years old
Burks came up in the blues when his bluesman
father, a former blues musician, opened a Juke Joint
deep in Arkansas. From the incredibly early age of two, Burks was playing guitar and mastering riffs. His amazing fire and power on stage gained the artist an incredible reputation, and in 2001, he joined Alligator Records, releasing Make It Rain,
a critically acclaimed masterpiece. The album was a celebrated gem, garnering the attention of many major magazines and publications.