Sweet combo: Burgin, Funderburgh put ‘Cherry On Top’

“Cherry On Top” is a song all blues fans will love.

Slip into something comfortable for Valentine’s Day, courtesy of guitarists Rockin’ Johnny Burgin and Anson Funderburgh.

This pairing of two of the great blues players of our time resulted in a timely song of true blues adulation. Burgin and Funderburgh are both superb guitar stylists, Burgin with a biting Chicago tone and Funderburgh playing clean, flexible Texas T.

“Cherry on Top” was conceived while Burgin was on the road, tossing ideas around with his manager, and hooking into the local groove. When in Texas? Johnny asked Anson to join him, and they played the hell out of this one-off original.

With so many artists making single songs available in ways that may or may not make a difference, this one stuck out by its real, intense blues and positive message about love. Plus, the guitars rip and intertwine, and the band plays on beautifully.   

-Tom Clarke               

  • Johnny Burgin and Anson Funderburgh
  • ‘Cherry On Top’
  • Label: Delmark Records
  • Release: Feb. 14, 2021

Related story: Johnny Burgin makes a record with Japan’s top blues players.

ABOUT Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke
From pre-war blues to the bluegrass of the Virginia hills, Tom Clarke has a passion for most any kind of deep-rooted American music, and has been writing about it for 25 years. He’s particularly fond of anything from Louisiana, Los Lobos, and the Allman Brothers Band and its ever-growing family tree. Tom’s reviews and articles have appeared in BluesPrint, the King Biscuit Times, Hittin’ The Note, Kudzoo, Blues Revue, Elmore, Blues Music Magazine, and now, Tahoe Onstage. Tom and his wife Karen have raised four daughters in upstate New York. They split their time between the Adirondack Mountains and coastal South Carolina.

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