Bluesman Dr Burt stands in front of porch
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Never too young to play the blues - Doctor GB Burt

Alabama blues musician Doctor G B Burt began his career at the age of 71, when he was discovered by a music producer whose van he was fixing.

Since then, Mr Burt has performed in prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center in New York City, and abroad in Australia, France and Germany.

Before playing on stage he spent time as a golden glove boxer, a Ford auto line worker, an auto mechanic and a civil rights activist.

During the 1960s the 7ft-tall guitarist was shot five times while walking along a railroad track. He says it was he who ended up spending five years in jail because his assailant was white.

Still, Mr Burt plays a gentle guitar and explains why the "rough side, not the slick side of the mountain" is actually the best one in life.

Produced by Anna Bressanin. Camera by Illya Shnitser.

  • 23 Jan 2012