Cheryl Arena & Aaron Burton

Cheryl Arena & Aaron Burton

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A natural, organic harmonica/guitar acoustic blues duo, well versed in and respectful of blues tradition. Arena and Burton offer capable singing and musicianship with potent and enjoyable male/female musical chemistry and high quality songwriting.

Biography

Cheryl Arena and Aaron Burton started playing together in the spring of 2005. Prior to that, Cheryl fronted her own 4 piece blues band based out of Boston and Aaron played as a solo act based out of Dallas Texas. Soon after moving to Dallas Texas, Cheryl caught Aaron’s act and was immediately drawn to his singing and playing. He was playing songs from the likes of Robert Jr. Lockwood, Blind Lemmon Jefferson, Skip James, Blind Blake, etc...the list goes on and on…just like the genre..Country Blues…one of her most favorite idioms in the blues.
So she asked him if she could sit in, and the rest is history…they’ve been a team ever since.
They’re continually expanding their repetoire including songs from the fairer sex like Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and many more.
Most importantly they now have more than 40 original tunes between them.
Their 1st Cd together, “Good Old Wagon” was released in Aug. of 2006. A second Cd comprised of all originals is already in the works for a 2007 release.
As well as playing locally in the Metroplex they have already toured in New England, Mississippi, Florida, and Arkansas and are slated to return in 2007.
The North Texas Blues Society has chosen them to compete at the IBC (International Blues Challenge) held in Memphis Tenn. Feb of 2007. After which we will be heading to Florida for a tour.
Having played in a variety of situations from barbeque joints, family restaurants, wine bars, festivals, blues bars, private parties, busking on the street and just continually gigging has helped them to hone their craft and become one tight unit, able to accommodate many different situations and appealing to all ages.

Discography

Good Old Wagon 2006

Set List

We have over 40 originals in our repertoire as well covers dating from the early 1900's to the present time. We cover a variety of Blues artists from many regions including Delta, Piedmont, Texas, North Mississippi, Chicago and Lousianna. Our shows usually consist of two 75 minute sets...but we are flexible and can accomodate whatever the situation requires. Having a repertoire of over 150 songs we try to feel the crowd and pick songs accordingly.