I don’t play drums; I play songs.
The best seat in the house is the one behind the drum kit. I’m in my happiest place performing with great songwriters and bands, connecting with the audiences and sharing the magical in-the-moment experiences that only happen in live settings. I also enjoy the intimate confines of the recording studio, working with artists to capture a moment when the song is at its best.
I’m passionate about drums because the instrument is an extension of my personality – I’m a supportive person who enjoys physical work. So mind, body and heart go into my playing, all in service and support of the song.
¡paLABra! is an album of interpretations of pre-revolutionary Cuban standards performed with a mix of rock, Latin, jazz and psychedelia.
We recorded the live album over two nights in late January 2020 at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, WI.
Jonathan Burks’s album Self Talk was recorded entirely from remote locations by Jon and the band.