Live Music: Brent Burns
Legendary Gulf Coast singer, songwriter and humorist Brent Burns was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arizona and arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1972. This son of the desert has become the poet laureate of the beach. Brents trip to Gulf Shores included one painful detour Vietnam. A Purple Heart winning combat veteran, Brent spent three years in Army and VA hospitals.
Brent is no stranger to musical notoriety. In response to the oil shortages of the 1970s and 80s, Brent wrote the hit song, Cheaper Crude or No More Food. The song sold 200,000 copies the day it was released. Radio commentator Paul Harvey played it three times. It is the first and only song ever played in Harveys nearly 50 years of radio. In 2008, Brent again tapped into the American publics anger over rising gas prices with his song, Pain At The Pump. The music video of the timely tune was shown several times on CNN and Brent was interviewed on air by the news giant. 2008 continued to be a good year for Brent as he was named the Trop Rock Music Entertainer of the Year. He also picked up an award for CD of the Year for his Ragtops and Flip Flops CD and a special WAVE award for his charitable work.