Arkansas blues legend Michael Burks died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack. According to a statement released by his record label Alligator Records, he collapsed at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after returning from a tour of Europe. He was 54.
Burks was born in Milwaukee, but moved to Camden as a teen, where he helped his father build the Bradly Ferry Country Club, a juke joint where he developed his blues chops.
Burks was a regular at Central Arkansas clubs. He was scheduled to return to Stickyz on June 2.
See a bio, courtesy of Alligator Records on the jump.