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The Old Brown Shoe Revue

The Old Brown Shoe Revue

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The Old Brown Shoe Revue was the brainchild of D. Alan Burke. Mr. Burke was a fixture in the Cleveland Punk Scene of the 1970s when, under the stage name of Dave Blaze, he performed in such legendary Cleveland bands as The Adults and Public Enemy, initially as a drummer and later as a singer/guitarist. Like so many of the era, the bands eventually folded and Burke went on to lead a "normal" life.

Eventually, he felt his interest begin to rekindle, with a new focus on the blues. He began writing some terrific original Chicago-style rhythm & blues tunes, and eventually hooked up with former Backdoor Men drummer and Handsome Productions CEO Paul Nickels, who had developed a passion for recording. Together they recorded D. Alan Burke's first record, called "Every Dime Every Nickel Every Penny."  Burke and Nickels found such a joy playing and recording the music that a band was formed, the Old Brown Shoe Revue, bringing in Ed Rezney on guitars and Mark Bluhm on bass, with Nickels playing drums.

The band had a short-lived existence and was hitting its stride, playing out, when like everyone else they were waylaid by the pandemic. They spent some time recording some new originals during the later stages of the epidemic, but in the end Burke decided to throw in the towel.

Unfortunately, no more copies of "Every Dime" exist and the record is not available on streaming services, so we thought we'd include links to the songs below. Enjoy the musical legacy of what was a fine "rhythmy blues" band.

All songs are by David Borucki except where indicated.
This group of songs are the band's STUDIO recordings:

Camptown Races (Demo Stage)
Don't Wanna Love You But I Do
Every Dime Every Nickel Every Penny
Firewood Man
Hard To Decide
I Feel Better
Invitation To The Blues (T. Waits)
Old Brown Shoe (Demo Stage)
Shackles & Chains
The Darker The Cherry
Tobacco Road (J.D. Loudermilk)
Union Hall
Walkin' The Dog (R. Thomas)

This group of songs were recorded LIVE. There are some repeats!

Baby Please Don't Go (Them)
Every Dime Every Nickel Every Penny
I Feel Better
Invitation To The Blues (T. Waits)
It's Alright (Jackson/Tubbs)
Love Potion Number 9 (J. Lieber, M. Stoller)
Old Chicken Make Good Soup
Route 66 (B. Troup)
Shackles & Chains
Shakin' All Over (J. Kidd)
The Darker The Cherry
The Spider & The Fly (Jagger/Richards/Taylor)
Tobacco Road (J.D. Loudermilk)
Union Hall
Walkin' The Dog (R. Thomas)

D. Alan Burke, AKA David Borucki
D. Alan Burke busy recording "Every Dime Every Nickel Every Penny"
at Handsome Studios, circa summer 2017.

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