Stuart Burns has performed and composed for more than fifty years. He began playing during the Great Folk Revival in 1960. A native of New York, he traveled to New Orleans, the Caribbean, and California, where he met his musical mentor, the legendary Rolf Cahn. In 1980, after hearing the music of Townes Van Zandt, he came to Austin, Texas, where he performed at and helped to manage Chicago House, developing his signature earthy vocal and guitar styles. For a brief period, Stuart moved to the Texas gulf coast town of Rockport, hosting a weekly jam session. He performs throughout Texas and California, and tours in the United Kingdom.

Stuart is a master of the narrative song, both dramatic, and humorous. His songs evoke strong images of the people he has met and the places he has been, including Lucca, about a US Marine dog; If I Ever Start Crying, the epitome of a 12-bar blues; Erika, the tale of a shrimper’s wife; Alvin and Billie, a murder ballad set in the Texas Hill Country; and Darlene, about a beauty queen abducted by the King of the Shrimp. Stuart has been described as a “true Texas treasure”.

Stuart Burns has released his third solo CD: Stuart Burns Live at the Cactus. This CD is a mix of new songs with favorites from years past. It was recorded with a full house of friends and fans. This performance at the Cactus Café is the official CD release. If you are in Austin, you can buy Stuart Burns Live at the Cactus at Waterloo Records. Previously released solo CDs include: Borrowed Time and Island Off the Coast of Hell. For more information or to order, please visit: www.stuartmichaelburns.com

Stuart lives in Austin with Rex, the Wonder Dog.