Gary Burris

Gary began playing the guitar at 15 under the guidance of Ira Magginnis and within nine
months he was playing in a garage band. Growing up in a small farming community in
Indiana, his first paying gig was with a local cover band called Physical Labor. After
some time in the local music scene he
joined the US Air Force and
was stationed at Fairchild
AFB in Spokane
Washington. While there he
and a couple of friends
started a Christian rock
group called, Front Runner.
Later stationed in Alaska,
Gary participated as one of
9000 entries in an Air Force
talent contest performing a
solo piece by; Rick Emmitt,
Mid-summers Daydream. He
placed in the top 600 but
missed the finals.

By now an accomplished
musician, he relocated to
Montana and worked in a
small music store in Great
Falls. While there his new
band was asked to open for
Fog Hat and shortly  
afterward formed a heavy
metal Christian Rock group,
Crimson Tears.
They were on the radar of
Dino and John Elephante
with a demo but his Air
Force commitments kept him
from pursuing his music
career at that time.

After leaving the service and
returning home his newest
venture with the group
Hammock, caught the ear of
Izzy Stradilin of Guns and
Roses. At that time his six
year old daughter
Cassandra  was diagnosed
with bone cancer and he left
the music scene to care full
time for his child.

When she recovered Gary
began writing his solo
instrumental music and
released The Cool Beyond
CD locally in the Spokane
WA area.
with the help of his friend Lance Reothle, percussionist.

He and John Crafton met in cyberspace on a site that
was then available to musicians from all over the world
called Mixposure. A year and a half from their meeting,
Gary decided that he was ready to make a full time
commitment to his music.

We are delighted to present his latest effort, Staying
The Course, with the support of the Soft Wind Label. It
is a selection of acoustic guitar based tracks that
inspire relaxation, thoughtfulness, and bring the
listener the joy of the instrument played with sensitivity
and skill.

We welcome Gary to the Soft Wind Family with great
pleasure and know his music will provide many
pleasant hours of enjoyment to our listeners.

The CD will be released in June of 08 and we look
forward to it's success. We hope you enjoy it as much
as we have enjoyed bringing it to you.
Where Eagles
Soar
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