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RIP my friend Burley Manor Jr.

There is a Go Fund Me page setup by his family to help pay for his burial expenses

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020 our beloved Burley J. Manor Jr. passed away. He had been battling several health issues over the past 5 months and was on his way to recovery. Unfortunately he succumbed to complications from Covid-19.

Burley was known in the Austin Music scene and considered by many as an Austin Legend. He was the bass player for a number of bands around the Austin Area. He also played the bass guitar for St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.  Burley was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

The family is asking for assistance during this time to cover the cost of burial expenses. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Burley John Manor, Jr.

My deepest condolences goes out to Burley’s wife, family and all his friends. Burley will be greatly missed but not forgotten. I was so blessed to have known him through Soulman Sam and his Band. Also, I was able to have captured some great moments at the Skylark Lounge through my lens. Rest In Peace Mr. Burley, my friend. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thanks for the great memories.

There is a Go Fund Me page link below, setup by his family to help pay for his burial expenses – Thank you for your donations.


Me and my friend Burley taken at Antones 2019

James Robinson

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, and alumnus of Stax Music Academy, James is an extraordinary old-school crooner on the order of Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, and Donny Hathaway. His songwriting not only reflects his deep catalog of musical influences, it depicts his concern for the historical struggles and triumphs of Black men and women in America – sensibilities that grew from his life in Memphis.

After relocating to Austin, James has made a name for himself on the local scene performing with bands such as Temple Underground and The Bells of Joy, and he recently performed a concert with Sinbad the comedian. He is currently touring with Bobby Sparks, the master jazz/soul keyboardist of Grammy Award winning jazz group Snarky Puppy and late jazz trumpeter, Roy Hargrove’s band RH Factor.  He has also been working with trumpet master Hannibal Lokumbe’s Healing Tones Jazz Workshop.  He has performed at the Orpheum Theatre and New Daisy of Memphis, the legendary Bitter End and Rockwood Music hall in NYC, The Black Cat Jazz Club in San Francisco, and premier venues in Austin TX including the Continental Club, Stubbs, ACL , Antone’s and the Moody Theater. Throughout his career James has opened for Dwele (an international neo-soul singer), Blues legends Bobby Blue Bland and Bobby Rush, and rock & roll legendary band Living Color.

His music is influenced by a combination of jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, funk and alternative rock. He has been featured on albums by keys virtuoso Bobby Sparks, guitar legend Eric Johnson (EJ ) Singer Jennifer Warnes (“Another Time, Another Place”), jazz virtuoso Drummer Brannen Temple (New Dawn), Texas Gospel group The Bells of Joy, Hip Hop recording artist Free Sol (11:11), Trumpeter David Young (Silver Back), Smooth Jazz recording artist Kim Waters (Rhythm & Romance).


Soulman Sam

I took these pictures of Soulman Sam Evans. I first meet him and his wife in Austin at the Skylark.

Sam (Soulman Sam) Evans – Born in Memphis, Tennessee – March 14, 1948, is one of the most talented and beloved blues, soul and R&B artists in Austin, Texas.

Soul Man Sam Evans started his R&B/Blues Career in Memphis, Tenn. When Sam was younger growing up in Memphis, he use to live with one of the old, old blues singers for about 7 or 8 months, She recorded in the 1920s, Her name was Ma Rainey.

He has performed all over the US. Sam and his wife have lived in Alaska where they met, and Santa Fe then moving to Austin in 2011 while she was transfer as a nurse.

Soul Man has opened up for many great artists as Gladys Knight, James Brown, Ike Turner, Koko Taylor, Jim Belushi

He leads his own band, Soul Man Sam & the SMS Band, and he has also performed with an impressive selection of local bands and musicians, including Blues Boy Hubbard, The Eastside Kings, the Austin Blues All-Stars, Birdlegg, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin, Brian Scartocci, and Gary Clark Jr.

Soulman Sam appears regularly at the Skylark Lounge, Antone’s, Continental Club & C-Boys.

He also does private, corporate and wedding events.

His booking schedule is open so book soon)

2018 Austin Blues Society Award Nominee – Best Artist

2018 Austin Blues Society Award Winner – Best Band



When Soulman Sam sings he sings from his heart and you can feel it. That’s why I enjoy talking so many pictures of him because I want to try and capture that energy through my lens.

When I Soulman first moved to Austin he alway heard people talking about 6th Street so then he would go there to see

Birdlegg sometimes after I met him on a Wednesday, and on Mondays to see Michael Milligan.