| Sunnyland Steve is the real-life “incarnation” of musician Steve Burchfield. A professional entertainer since the age of 12, Sunnyland is an interactive entertainer, giving members of his audience a pivotal role by taking requests out of his multi-style 1000+ song repertoire (see song list). Equally fluent on banjo, six and twelve string guitars, mandolin, he occasionally adds bass and drums for an infectious full band sound, contrasted by the warmth and intimacy of his acoustic sets, and the intensity of his country blues.|
His credo: “Good Music
Presented with style and good humor
Equal a good time for all”
From The Beachside Resident Newspaper:
No disrespect to all the Parrotheads out there, but if you count yourself as a true Floridian and really want to follow a bard who reflects your laid-back, beachy lifestyle, you’re squawking up the wrong palm with this Jimmy Buffett character. What you really need is Sunnyland Steve, the real-life incarnation of Cocoa Beach musician Steve Burchfield, a singer/songwriter/guitarist who lays strong claim to the laureateship of the Sunshine State with Demo’d, his first solo release.
Where Buffett may have created the Florida/Key West genre, he seems to have left it out in the sun too long during expensive yacht trips and dodgy business ventures. Along comes Sunnyland Steve with 9 original tunes that polish the style back to its former glory, ridding it of several coats of privileged opulence and the dullness brought on by neglect and caricature. A professional entertainer since the age of 12, Steve developed his “Sunnyland” persona during a stint in the Keys where he played regularly. But as much as the Keys have clearly rubbed off on his vision, it’s a vision that’s also informed by Florida’s forgotten interior — the cypresses, hammocks, sawgrass prairies and swamps you pass on your way down south, which are as much a part of the State’s identity as its beaches. Demo’d is the soundtrack you hear as you near the Monroe County Line and glance at the crushed shell roads in your periphery, yet it’s also the perfect accompaniment for lazy Space Coast days spent at the beach or on the river.
An engaging combination of island-style ethos, authentic Delta and Piedmont blues, light comedy and good old-fashioned entertainment, Demo’d is chock-full of the kind of humorous wordplay and deft turns of phrase you can see the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and even Mr. Buffett himself wanting to adopt as their own. And while Steve’s playing is impressive — and at times downright astounding for the unassuming fullness it achieves when paired with his voice — it’s his songwriting skills that make Demo’d such a treasure. Avoiding outright satire in favor of sneaky wit, songs like “Girls Who Play Guitars,” “My Girl Can’t Wrestle,” “Volleyball Blues,” and the surprisingly touching “Good Time Man” lend Demo’d equal doses of sun and shade, facets that are revealed even more when they’re performed live. Sunnyland is an interactive entertainer, giving members of his audience a pivotal role by taking requests out of his multi-style, 1,000-plus song repertoire. Equally fluent on banjo, six- and twelve-string guitars, and mandolin, he occasionally adds bass and drums for an infectious full-band sound, contrasted by the warmth and intimacy of his acoustic sets and the intensity of his country blues. We highly recommend you see him live, but until that time, Demo’d will serve as a wonderfully evocative substitute.
Since returning to Cocoa Beach in February 2000 Sunnyland has performed over 4000 solo shows as well as playing lead guitar with the Mammoth Band for six years. He has recently completed his solo CD, Demo’d and is currently booking dates.
Sunnyland has performed at the Cocoa Beach Pier,Bodega Blue,HellN Blazes Brewery,Cocoa Beach Library,Cabana Shores Tiki Bar,Malabar Mo's, Space Coast Harley Davidson,Lucky Lure,Norman's Raw Bar and Grill,Jump's Tiny Tavern,HD Roadhouse,Beach Shack,The Wacky Hut,Sunset Cafe,Redfish Inn,Shamrock&Thistle,Banana Breeze,KDI,Camp Holly Fish Camp,Riverview Cove,Island Mirage,Murdoch's,,And All That Jazz Cafe,Bottoms Up,Cafe Unique,The River Roost, Erna Nixon Park,Hogan's Irish Bar,Ashley's,Rum Runners,Castaways,Hurricane Hank's,the Stagger Inn,the Sandbar the Thirsty Clam,Venice at Cocoa Beach,Space Coast Harley Davidson,countless private parties,and would like to perform for YOU!
For Booking information call 321-960-9074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar can be viewed on spacecoastlive.com or go to www.myspace.com/sunnylandsteve
Sunnyland Steve won 1st place in the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society's 27th Annual Blues Challenge,qualifying him to enter the International Blues Challenge competition in Memphis....a huge honor!