Show of Strength (Alligator Records) is the final CD the “Iron Man” cut — shortly before his death on May 16, 2012, at the gone-too-soon age of 54.
His records were equally celebrated, with 2008’s aptly titled “Iron Man” release called “a knockout” by Mojo magazine and “exceptional, exquisite and wicked” in Billboard Magazine.
Show Of Strength burns with the white-hot intensity that made Burks one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation.
His sudden death robbed the blues world of one of its brightest stars.
“Show of Strength” is Burks at his peak — tough, chunky guitar; fine songwriting; razor-edge backing; tight production and a fierce blues attitude.His nickname came from his penchant for gut-wrenching live shows that tested his endurance.
-Jim White, Pittsburgh Post Gazette