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Playing Since: 1970
Experience Level: Purty Good
1964 Gibson BowTie
My brother Royce Burt! :) is the best musician I personally know. In my opinion, he's a genius on the banjo and I listen in “awe” when he plays some crazy and fast licks! His fiddlin’ is quite good too. He’s my baby brother (the brother of four older sisters). Can anyone tell that I’m crazy about him? He has a regular 40-hr a week job (like most of us do), but he also the banjo picker for the Southern Star Bluegrass Band.
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I like all types of music, but Bud (Royce) entices me to listen to some good bluegrass every now and again. I even pick along with him sometimes if I want to feel really lousy about my own playin'. I live next door to him, so I get to be the first one to see his new (but mostly very old) instruments. I only have one banjo, but I have a collection of other instruments. I do love me some Dolly Parton and have seen her live performances several times! If you like Dolly too, you should pay the bucks to see her live if she’s ever in your area. She will absolutely amaze you with her voice and performance. She’s my idol. Though she’s not a true “bluegrasser”, she did write the song “Apple Jack” about an old man with a banjo. When I was a kid from about 7th grade on, my sister, Dana, and I had a sister duo. She played guitar and I, the 5-string. We did the standards (Foggy Mtn, Little Maggie, Cripple Creek, Rockytop, and a few others. We also sang bunches of other songs ranging from country, pop, gospel. I could name some of the songs, but it might bore you too much. Back then (as young chicks), we played at many city and civic functions as “The Burt Sisters”. We wore matching outfits and did a little comedy act too. Sadly, we have no tapes or even photos of us performing back then, but we still like to sing some of the old songs when we get together. We weren’t such good musicians but no one really noticed because our audiences loved the unique sister act and our harmonies were pretty good for younguns’. Later in life as an adult, my husband, Bill and I had a little duo (guitar & banjo) and played at some Tampa restaurants and pubs during our early years. Though we don’t play much anymore, we have passed our love of music down to our two teenage daughters who both play piano and guitar. They don’t do much bluegrass yet, but probably will learn some later on. Our other and youngest sister, Julie, liked music and could dance like crazy. (She taught brother Bud (Royce) some of his dance moves!) Though she didn’t take up any musical instruments, she had an interest in drawing and painting and now she’s a well known pop artist. Check out her art at JulesBurt.com. If you go there, click on the links at the top to see lots of her brightly colored and very cool art. She even had a 40 foot by 60 foot painting hanging on a huge building in Tampa for over 18 months. Her art was featured on the “Friends” tv show for several seasons. She recently opened a new art gallery in Tampa. Drop by there if you’re ever close by; especially if your house needs some sprucing up with some very happy art! My oldest sister, Cindy, sadly passed two years ago at the young age of 54 and we miss her very much. She was 17 when Royce was born, so she helped “raise” him. She was an awesome big sis who used to taxi us around in a 56 Chevy Station Wagon that had a broken speedometer. She loved to drive fast. Need I say more? We lost our dear father, Royce Burt, Jr, about 10 years ago. He was a great daddy and he and my mother, Jeanie (who recently turned 80) gave us a wonderful loving home. As seen in some of the photos, our Mama (“Granny Boogie Down”) can still get it on the piano and plays pretty regularly at the Orange Blossom Tea Room in Plant City. If you wanna catch her act sometime, you may want to call and ask when she will be playing. She also plays every Sunday for her Sunday School class. I’m a long time school teacher who came from a family of educators. Currently I teach computer classes at Armwood High School, who by the way, won the State Football Championships in 2004-05 and 2005-06. I also teach online classes for the Florida Virtual School. So I stay a little to busy to play as much music as I’d like! So, there you have the basics about my awesome family. Aren’t I lucky? And I hope I didn’t bore you with all of this. Sometimes I just get to ramblin’ on a bit. I hope to be reading some of your profiles soon!
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