Skyla Burrell
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Skyla Burrell

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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"Many women in the blues have great voices and have made their careers singing the blues, but not too many can double it up, slice it, dice it and sacrifice it on the best Fender has to offer like Skyla can.

There is no reason I can come up with why this band could not be in the national blues scene. They have great original material, a band packed with talent, and a lead woman who could dazzle my ears anytime!"
~ Dave Roberts, Music Monthly Magazine - April 2005


"Burrell has a great growly voice sure to get under your skin."
~ Blues Review Magazine


“It is hard to believe blues of this caliber can come from Central Pennsylvania.”
~ Todd Chrostowski - WTMD 89.7 FM


“One of the great things about being a DJ is ya get both a great collection of records and coffee coasters. Working Girl Blues is most decidedly going to the top of the stack of the former.”
~ Graham Henderson - Hope FM 103.9


"Fronted by the vibrant vocals and fiery guitar leads of Skyla Burrell, this Pennsylvania group dishes out strong, well-made electric blues. Put down that beer and get ready to get down."
~ Editors - CNET/Download.com


"Burrell's voice is as deep and wide in range as the mighty Mississippi itself. Her voice has the same timbre as Bonnie Raitt with the soul of Billie Holiday and a little of Janis Joplin's strength for good measure."
~ Jeff Royer - Fly Magazine - Various Sources Cited Below


"With a female vocalist whose voice jumps out and grabs you by the blues, The Skyla Burrell blues band is the real deal in a solid package that stays true to the real meaning of their genre."
St. Croix Music Magazine


"A superb voice, vibrating, playing with Bonnie Raitt here, Janis Joplin there (on the edge of it only, she doesn’t exaggerate), sharing sharp choruses and solos with this Tom cat, beautifully backed by the rhythm section, Ezell Jones (drums) and Tony Ryder (bass) perfectly in phase and totally showcased, they don’t play like they want to make you deaf but their contribution is round instead, powerful without exaggeration, in one word boosting, and in a total osmosis."
Blues & Co Magazine (France)


"Burrell and her three cohorts find virtue in professionalism. They deliver unpretentious, self described "Hard Drivin' Blues" in which strength and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock."
Downbeat Magazine


"Livin' Day to Day is a poised and confident set, which more firmly establishes the Skyla Burrell Blues Band as a classy, quality blues ensemble well worth exploring."
Jim Price, WBXQ FM

"Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Who? One no-nonsense, highly talented Pennsylvania blues quartet. Sounds like: Heavy, old school Chicago blues with a gritty twist. Is it any good? From the get-go, SKBB's rock-steady rhythm section sets down the boogie beat as Burrell keeps boldly singing for just a "Little Bit of Your Love." One cool addition to this second disc is Seth Kibel's vibrant saxophone work, playing right behind Burrell's gravelly vocals on the swing extravaganza "Fly Cat Daddy." On each cut, the animated, dueling guitar work between the two prime blues pickers eventually gives way to Burrell's barrage of passionate, steamy vocals. For their confident sophomore release, SKBB draws from a broad and enthusiastic blues palette."
Alan Kurzer - Portfolio Weekly

"Their music both swings and rocks. Not rocks in a blues-rock sense, but rocks in a hard-driving blues sense. In fact, if you’re a fan of blues-rock, this album probably won’t work for you. Their songs tend to the “straight blues” end of the spectrum, a refreshing approach nowadays. The guitars have a bit of a retro 50’s feel, light on the distortion and overdrive, some reverb, adding up to a nice clean old-school Fender sound. The rhythm section, Tony Ryder on bass and Ezell Jones on drums, is rock solid without getting in the way. My personal faves on the album include “Fat Cat Daddy”, a jazzy blues with some nice sax playing, “I’m Going Down”, a slow blues cooker, “Livin’ Day to Day”, a rockin’ boogie with some great understated drumming, and “Don’t Let Me Go”, a minor-key gut wrencher with some of Skyla’s patented blues moans."
BluesRow - Various Sources Cited Below


"On stage, she's equal parts siren, blues goddess and ringmistress"
~ The Daily Times - Knoxville

"Burrell works up a feisty frenzy of fret-work on guitar while slathering sizzling soul on her sultry vocals. Burrell fuses classic electric blues to full-tilt boogie for a humid hybrid guaranteed to mesmerize your booty right out onto the dance floor."
~ Tallahassee Democrat - Various Sources Cited Below


Discography

Working Girl Blues - 2004 (12 Original Tracks)
Livin' Day to Day - 2006 (14 Original Tracks)
Tough Luck - 2008 (15 Original Tracks)

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"Skyla Burrell's set for L'il Ed was the most incendiary and pulse pounding opening sets I've ever heard."
- Tom Cullen, President Bucks County Blues Society

The Skyla Burrell Blues Band is a full time, hard working traveling blues band. The band averages 200+ shows a year. With co-founder Mark Tomlinson on lead guitar and Skyla Burrell on vocals and lead guitar, the band's live show consists of all original high energy electric blues.

"Burrell and her three cohorts find virtue in professionalism. They deliver unpretentious, self described "Hard Drivin' Blues" in which strength & understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock." - Downbeat Magazine

In July of 2004 the band released their debut studio CD, "Working Girl Blues", containing 12 original songs - several of the cuts topping the charts on independent music websites and internet radio stations. "Working Girl Blues" received local, national and international airplay on blues and mainstream radio. The SBBB was a top 25 finalist in the 2004 Blues Idol competition and "Working Girl Blues" was selected by WTMD 93.7 as one of the top 5 blues releases in 2004.

"With a female vocalist whose voice jumps out and grabs you by the blues, The Skyla Burrell blues band is the real deal in a solid package that stays true to the real meaning of their genre."
- St. Croix Music Magazine

In 2005 the SBBB was invited to play the King Biscuit Blues Festival under the Emerging Artist Stage and was a semi-finalist in the 22nd Annual International Blues Challenge. Also in 2005 Mark Tomlinson received an Honorable Mention for his track from the Working Girl Blues CD, "Bad Dream" in the 14th Annual Billboard Songwriting Contest.

"On stage, she's equal parts siren, blues goddess and ringmistress." - The Daily Times - Knoxville

In 2006 the band recorded and toured in Europe, and released their sophomore effort, "Livin' Day to Day" which received local, national and international air play on mainstream and blues radio and was featured on cable television's Rockin' Cookin' Kitchen show as well as being named one of the top 50 blues CD's released worldwide by Delta Art and one of top 10 Blues CD's by WTMD FM. The band played 240 shows in 2006 including The Netherlands, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, New York, Delaware, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and secured the #1 Top Booked Band slot on Sonicbids.

"Burrell has a great growly voice sure to get under your skin." - Blues Review Magazine

2007 saw the band keeping up their busy schedule (between 2006 and 2007 playing a total of 465 shows!) and expanding their tour radius to include the Mid West and New England. The band opened up for Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials as well as Tab Benoit in 2007 and in the late summer shot a live DVD with the Digital Cafe Tour in NYC at the Baggott Inn with Sean Carney. In the fall the band went back into the studio to begin work on another all original effort producing 15 tracks.

"Women blues-guitar players such as Bonnie Raitt, and more recently Susan Tedeschi, have paved the way for artists like Skyla. Many women in the blues have great voices and have made their careers singing the blues, but not too many can double it up, slice it, dice it and sacrifice it on the best Fender has to offer like Skyla can."
- Music Monthly Magazine

In 2008 the Skyla Burrell Band signed with Blues Boys & Divas Talent and toured extensively in the South and South-East as well as up and down the East Coast. In July the band released their third CD of all original blues "Tough Luck" This time around the band worked with Todd Glazer promotions and "Tough Luck" was played on over 100 blues shows in the US and debuted on the Roots Music Report at #36 in November 2008.

"The Skyla Burrell band plays electric boogie blues that'll make your spirits soar." - Scan & Plan Extra NY

The Skyla Burrell Band also had the opportunity to play several Blues Festivals in 2008 including The State Street Blues Stroll, The Riverfront Blues Festival, The Frederick Blues Fest, The Winchester Blues House Festival, The Northern Neck Rocktoberfest and the Killer Guitar Thriller '08.

In 2009 the band has continued expanding their touring radius, hitting the road again with Blues Boys & Divas and had the pleasure of opening for 2008 BMA Award winner, Marcia Ball.

Future plans on tap for the band for 2009 include a live CD/DVD as well as another studio release tentatively set for late November, early December.

"One of the most smokin' blues bands in the US" - Digital Cafe Tour