Dary Burns


Oral History Information

Dary Burns remembers the big switch in audio when digital boards replaced analog equipment. There was a steep learning curve and yet one he was eager to embrace. While Dary sometimes still uses analog gear, being a part of that era of fast-developing technology was exciting. It reminded him of his days in high school when he and his friends formed bands but needed an audio guy. By learning what was needed to run sound, Dary filled a need and became the “audio guy.” Much the same thing happened a few times in his career, including when he ran sound for acts like J. Blackfoot, the Bar-Kays, Con Funk Shun and MC Hammer. For Hammer, Dary provided sound for over four years, including a most incredible experience when Hammer rehearsed at Paisley Park, the recording studio and home of Prince.