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Press Release for The Daily Herald

Stevierock & The Blues Connection Riverside United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social 6/22/13

Stevierock & The Blues Connection are a three piece band based out of Thompson’s Station, TN, featuring Stephen Burt on guitar. They will be perfoming at Riverside United Methodist Church on June 22nd at 6 pm for the annual Ice Cream Social fundraising event. The band consists of lead vocalist & guitarist Stephen “Stevierock” Burt, his wife M. K. Burt on bass, & drummer/percussionist Tim Miller. Stephen & M. K. both attend RUMC regularly, & M. K. has been a member there since birth.

Stephen “Stevierock” Burt has been playing music professionally since the age of 15, where he started his career behind a drum kit in Germany playing USO tours with The Country Connection, his father’s band. After moving back to the states & graduating high school, he began playing bass guitar & became a long-standing member of Wallstreet, a successful metal band from Nashville. He has always played guitar, but has chosen within the past decade to make it his ‘instrument of choice’, & started Stevierock & The Blues Connection in 2009. He also performs a solo acoustic show in & around the middle Tennessee area. He also plays a banjo & is working on adding that to both his acoustic show & the band performances. Listing his father, Raymond Burt as his most influential musician, he also credits Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughn to his style.

M. K. Burt, a Columbia, TN, native has been playing bass for 23 years & helped form SRBC in 2009 with her husband. The conversation was simple: Stephen said, “Why don’t I start my own band, you play bass!” & she replied, “Why don’t you?” & so it began. M. K.’s bass career began in a 7 piece jazz band called Celebration, which consisted of members of the Maury County Community Band, where she was also a member & played French Horn. On Bass, she has a wide range of influences from John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, to Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, as well as jazz bassist Ron Carter. She credits herself as being a ‘traditionalist’ & plays in a simple style that compliments the band & the song. “The drummer & bassist have to work together to lay down the foundation for the band. If either one tries to do something weird, the song doesn’t sound good & the band doesn’t sound good. People notice that. If I lock in with Tim’s bass drum, we give Stevie more room to add the ‘glitter’ that only the guitar can bring to the music.” M. K. also sings harmony vocals in the band, along with Tim Miller.

Originally from Hendersonville, Tim Miller has been playing drums for 15 years, & has worked with Stevierock & The Blues Connection since February of 2012. He provides a solid foundation for the band, & is an accomplished percussionist as well. He has worked with many country artists recording demo’s in Nashville. Tim also has a very diverse list of influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Metallica, & George Clinton to Alan Parsons. He also credits Billy Cobham & Dennis Chambers as influences to his playing style & technique.

Together they have over 60 years combined experience & a repertoire of songs spanning over 4 decades. They play songs from many genres including classic rock to country, & as their name suggests, blues. Besides being the featured artist at the RUMC Ice Cream Social on June 22nd, Stevierock & The Blues Connection play in & around the Middle Tennessee area, for both public & private events & are available for booking. You can find their event schedule online on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevierockbluescon & on Reverbnation at www.reverbnation.com/stevierockthebluesconnection, as well as contact information.

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