Trevor Burton - Long Play

Trevor Burton is an essential name in  British rock music, and in particular, the unique and compelling Birmingham scene.  In early 1966, Trevor co-founded the iconic Birmingham band The Move. After leaving the band to explore the blues, Trevor eventually joined the Steve Gibbons Band - another classic Birmingham group - and toured the world for years, playing the electric blues loudly and relentlessly. 

 

Trevor's first big leap into the rock scene came in 1964 when Danny King watched him perform in a Birmingham pub and invited him to join his band, which was beginning to enjoy growing success.

 

 

Soon, Trevor and his mate, Ace Kefford, met David Bowie, who was still performing as Davey Jones, at a Birmingham pub.  Bowie encouraged the two friends to gather the best musicians from the area and put together a "super band" that highlighted each of their particular talents.  Trevor and Ace took Bowie's advice, and the iconic psychedelic rock group the Move - featuring, Trevor and Ace, along with other star players of the scene Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Carl Wood - quickly formed. 

 

Success quickly followed, with the band releasing several UK Top Ten hits, including Night of Fear, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Fire Brigade, Blackberry Way and more.  Their first eponymously named record became an instant classic.

In 1969, Trevor left the band, discontented with the poppier, progressive direction the band was heading, disinterested in the commercial elements of the music life.  As Wood and Bevan, along with a new Move member Jeff Lynne, went on to form Electric Light Orchestra, Trevor continued his exploration of blues and rock, forming the short-lived collaboration called Balls, joining forces with Denny Laine (of the Moody Blues and Wings) and  Steve Gibbons.  The band dissolved for a variety of reasons  before its first single,  Fight For My Country, was released, but the single, a chugging, anti-war anthem written and sung by Burton, remains an underground classic. 

Trevor spent years working in London as a session musician for Island Music, practicing his licks and having fun, living with Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for a spell. 

 

For a period, he played with Pink Fairies before joining his Brummie mates in the Steve Gibbons Band. The band recorded several albums and toured the world for years, sharing the stage with iconic bands such as the Who, Little Feat and Lynyrd Skynyrd. 

 

In 1983, Trevor started the Trevor Burton Band and spent the next thirty years practicing his vocation: rocking the blues non-stop.  In 2015, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2018, he releases Long Play, an acoustic album unlike anything he has ever done before. It is timeless.