Burton Gaar having serious health issues

31 May

Past Blues in the District performer Burton Gaar is having some major health problems, here is a story taken from the BLUES FOUNDATION (www.blues.org) website:

Just months after the release of his latest record, Fried Grits and Greens, Louisiana bluesman Burton Gaar has been diagnosed with inoperable bone cancer. Ironically, he is at #1 on BB King’s Bluesville’s Pick-To-Click (Sirius/XM Ch 70). He is currently #39 on Air Play Direct Monthly Blues Chart, and #25 All-Time.

Gaar started his career in 1959 at the ripe old age of 16 playing bass for legendary bluesman Slim Harpo. He later
went on to play with Rockin’ Sydney Semien (My Toot Toot), and R&B legend Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves A Woman).
He recorded his first solo record, Still Singing the Blues in
1995. One year later, while on tour in Europe, he recorded
One Hundred Pounds of Trouble. Blues Revue Magazine
quoted, “This is one of the 10 most listened to records in our
offices.” Charlie Musselwhite chose the song No from this
record for his Grammy nominated, WC Handy winningCD,
Continental Drifter. He also chose this song to play for his
appearance on Conan O’Brian. Musselwhite noted, “Every
tune is an A-side!” He followed with Mighty Long Road in 2000 and Home of the Blues in 2003. In a quote, Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer Larry Garner said “I’m a hard man to please, and I like every song on Home of the Blues.” Other artists that have recorded Gaar’s tunes are Carl Weathersby and Shaun Murphy. Carl Weathersby said, “Burton Gaar has it all!”

After taking a break from recording for a few years, he released Fried Grits and Greens in early 2011. A duet with Shaun Murphy was in the pre-production stage but it is unclear at this time if it will be completed. According to Gaar’s manager, TC Davis, a tribute album is in the planning stages. It would be an album of different artists performing Gaar’s songs with proceeds going to offset medical costs.

In the interim, a fund has been set up and donations may be mailed to:
Burton Gaar Donation Fund
Capital One Bank
3499 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

Donations may be made directly at any Capital One Bank under Burton Gaar Fund. Please stay tuned to BB King’s Bluesville for further information and news of any benefit
shows. Anyone wishing to coordinate a benefit show in their area should contact TC Davis
([email protected]).

Cards may be mailed to:
Burton Gaar
PO BOX 352
Le Compte, LA 71346

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