Digital Cafe Tour
The Skyla Burrell Blues Band is a hard working full time traveling blues band playing local, regional, national and international venues. 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 and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock."
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" has 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" containing 14 new original tracks. "Livin' Day to Day" also received local, national and international air play on mainstream and blues radio and has been featured on cable television's Rockin' Cookin' Kitchen show and was named one of the top 10 blues releases from WTMD and one of the top 50 worldwide by Delta Art. 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.
"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 played a total of 465 shows!) and expanding their tour radious 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. In the fall the band went back into the studio to record "Tough Luck" - another all original effort producing 15 tracks of very personal blues released in July of 2008.
"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."
"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
"Burrell's voice is as deep and wide in range as the mighty Mississippi itself."
A classy, quality blues ensemble well worth exploring."
Jim Price, WBXQ FM
It is hard to believe blues of this caliber can come from Central Pennsylvania.”
Todd Chrostowski, WTMD 89.7 FM