THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN COUNTRY MUSIC
By Jack Blanchard, 12-14-2001
If you've missed Jackie Burns, you've missed out.
For the past hour and a half Misty and I have been
listening to some of the most beautiful singing we've ever heard. Her records aren't easy
to find, although she did duets with such stars as Wynn Stewart and Tom T. Hall. Misty and
I think she is the absolute best female solo country singer we've ever listened to! She
can just about make a grown man cry with her blues and ballads, but at the end of the tape
she does about twenty-five cartoon voices, which shows she's a little nuts, too. We like
that in a person.
If there were any justice, she would be making hit
records today. She has a tremendous voice and a unique style. I hear traces of European
singers, Vera Lynn and Edith Piaf, for instance.
This is not written as a review. I don't do reviews, at least not serious ones. This is
written as sort of a celebration! We've just experienced something new...and good! That's
rare. It's new, even though the songs were recorded between 1968 and 1982. It's the best
kept secret in country music, and just too good not to be heard.
If there's a record label somewhere that cares about a great legend waiting too long in
the wings, contact Misty and me, or Jackie directly. We don't want anything out of it
except to share the powerful talent of Jackie Burns with the world.
I'd like to give special thanks to Jack Blanchard, an
artist in his own right who is also featured on MKOC (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan). Jack and
Misty's latest album was next in line to be reviewed on MKOC and Jack forfeited their turn
so that he could promote Jackie. That says a lot about Jack the artist, as well as Jack,
the man... not only talented, but completely unselfish when it comes to helping a fellow
artist. Thanks, Jack.. for your good deeds and for bringing Jackie to MKOC!