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BIG B AND THE ACTUAL PROOF

Big B and the Actual Proof (2017 Detroit Blues Society Band Challenge Winners, 2018 International Blues Challenge Semifinalists) are an inspired fusion of modern blues, roots music and psychedelic rock. Their original music features daring arrangements fueled by powerful, emotional guitar, clear, convincing vocals and a rhythm section that booms, rattles and shakes. Imagine Stevie Ray Vaughan covering Nick Cave, the Stray Cats doing Tom Waits, or Pink Floyd playing Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

This emerging trio is led by three-time Detroit Music Award (DMA) nominee Brian “Big B” Burleson, ex-bandleader, singer and guitarist of former Detroit blues standouts Big B and the Magic Bullets (DMA nominees, Big City Blues Magazine CD Sampler artists, Windsor Blues Society and Detroit Blues Society Blues Challenge finalists). Big B has been playing guitar for more than three decades, and brings a level of skill and intensity that authenticates those achievements. Joined by Mitch Sharpe on electric and upright bass and drummer Erin Pitman (The Suicide Machines, Hemigod) this trio stands ready to continue their quick ascent to festival and club headliner status.

The band is working on their ambitious debut album, inspired by the plot themes present in film noir. “The Noir Album” will feature glimpses of hard-boiled private eyes, psychopathic anti-heroes, manipulative femme fatales, pathological criminals, morally challenged victims, all in a realm of steam-filled shadows fraught with bad intentions.  Relying on Mitch’s use of upright bass, Erin's feel for rock, swing and West Coast jump blues, and Big B’s extensive guitar arsenal, this diverse record promises to be lasting, commanding, and above all, cinematic in scope and feel.  In two other recent game-changing developments, Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre Orchestra will also be adding their haunting sound to this unique project, while nationally-celebrated house soundman Peter Jay of Callahan’s Music Hall will produce.

 “This album represents our own noir story of putting together a skilled team to pull off a ‘huge score,’ to unite all we’ve learned individually and execute this badass plan,” Big B has pointed out with a smile. “We have the blueprints, the firepower, and the personnel. Now’s the time to do this.”

With that compelling setup, the immediate need to catch Big B and the Actual Proof follows suit. See them live and look for “The Noir Album” to be released early in 2019.

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