Within the vast realm of acoustic music, the antithesis of harmonic convergence is the melodic sounds of an all family band. Add to this 22 years of shine and sparkle on a multitude of acoustic instruments and you’ve found Burnett Family Bluegrass. A truly homegrown family band, based out of Flagstaff, Burnett Family Bluegrass has won various acknowledgments of their delightful musical abilities. This Arizona grown band includes Dad and Mom, Brian and Connie, daughters Rachel and Jessie, and son, Ryan.
The most important ingredient in deeply inspiring, jaw-dropping, toe-tapping music, is the show. The magnetic force of this band is evident from the first sound and explodes in a dazzling array of notes. They will take you on a sentimental journey with music that transcends many layers of down home, heartstring tuggin’ good-friends huggin, family music at it’s best! After winning the coveted 2004 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, the family was hand-selected by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for a command performance in Nashville, TN. They were showcased at the 2005 IBMA convention.
“Burnett Family Bluegrass, a national award winning, all-family bluegrass band, began in 1993. The band consists of Brian (dad), Connie (mom), daughters Rachel and Jessie and son, Ryan. Burnett’s are based out of Flagstaff and the Arizona Republic newspaper said Burnett Family Bluegrass is an “Arizona favorite”. The group weaves their multi-instrumental ultra-talents with the genetically tuned vocal chords that produce those sweet, familial, DNA blended harmonies. The band won the coveted first prize in the Telluride national band competition, in 2004, when Ryan was 14. This summer marks 22 years of musical entertainment for Burnett Family Bluegrass.
Brian and Connie provide the bombastic beat on guitar and acoustic bass that drives the band. Brian sings lead and harmony vocals and also plays mandolin. Connie sings harmony vocals and is the main songwriter of the group. Daughter Rachel plays a fine, five-string fiddle and her soul filled songs shine like a light in darkness. She has fascinated audiences with her powerful voice, since she was 2. Rachel’s vocal lead is perfectly complimented by her little sister, Jessie, who plays a multitude of acoustic instruments. The shy one of the bunch, every note is placed carefully and specifically by her perfection-seeking spirit. Jessie’s boundless talent, in all factions of music, magnifies and illuminates her little brother, Ryan. Ryan began his musical journey at age 3, on the fiddle, just like his three older sisters, in Suzuki violin at NAU. He started serious attention to banjo at age 10 and had a few private sessions with well-known banjoist, Bela Fleck. He plays fiddle, banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin and sings harmony vocals. Ryan’s lightning-inspired banjo breaks bring amazement to the delighted audience. After putting in many years of dedicated practice, Ryan shines with a brilliancy that is all his own.
That’s why they say Burnett Family Bluegrass is a rare and sparkling gem in the field of Bluegrass. Don’t miss this talented family!”
Theirs is the type of bluegrass that wins over new converts. Also, anyone even tangentially familiar with bluegrass feels comfortable right away.”
Ryan Heinsius – Flag LIVE! 2005