EMG is mourning the loss of bluesman Michael “Iron Man” Burks, a dear friend of ours and longtime endorsee. Michael passed away at the age of 54, much too young and far too talented to depart without the entire music community feeling the loss. Michael made sure to invite us to his performances when playing locally, an offer we always eagerly accepted. His masterful playing, smokey voice and soulful spirit made his shows an extraordinary event. The indelible mark he’s left on the music community will be forever treasured. We’ll miss you Michael. Our thoughts are with Michael’s family, friends, members of his band and everyone at Alligator Records.