Banks Burgess




Banks Burgess - Class of 1966


Banks & Shane

“Atlanta’s Entertainment Tradition”

I was raised in Albany, GA and spent most of my childhood playing sports, hunting, and spending time outdoors. When my older sister came home for Christmas break her freshman year in college, she brought with her a ukulele and a Kingston Trio LP.  She taught me three chords, and I was on my way!  I couldn’t get enough of the Trio’s music and fun, and memorized every song on just about every album, playing and  singing  my way through high school and college.  I taught my college roommate how to play, and we formed a duo “The Other Brothers”, and left school for Florida on summer break, 1969, and swore that we would not return until school started in the Fall.  It was a lucky circumstance indeed, because I met my future partner, Paul Shane, that summer in St. Petersburg, FL.

After graduation, I served in the US Air Force, and then taught high school for a few years in Augusta, GA.

Paul was stationed in Charleston, SC, in the Navy, and we would get together on weekends to pick and sing. In the summer of 1972, when Shane’s Navy hitch was up, we began our career as “Banks & Shane”.  We have been very fortunate to have earned a living doing what we love to do, and we have been able to travel the country and see the world, making friends everywhere.  Thanks to the internet, we hear from folks all over the country nearly every day, who are self-proclaimed “Banks & Shaners”




Biography - Banks & Shane

For forty years now, Banks Burgess, Paul Shane, and their fabulous band have brought folks in Atlanta the best entertainment the town has ever seen.  Their high-spirited renditions of old-time rock n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, and country are known for bringing capacity crowds to their feet! Their show is not just musical entertainment, The Banks & Shane show is high-energy good-time music, spiced with a healthy dose of the good-natured wit and patter that Banks and Paul have fine-tuned on their tours across the U.S. and around the world.


Banks & Shane has performed in almost every venue imaginable.  The band is a legend in the ski resorts of Colorado. They have traveled to London, Munich, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, representing The State of Georgia and The Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.  In Atlanta, they have performed as headliners at Chastain Park, Symphony Hall, and the Fox Theater.  In the summer of 2006, the band appeared as co-headliners with comedian Jeff Foxworthy in a sold-out concert at Lake Lanier Islands which benefited two of Atlanta’s most-loved children’s charities, Camp Sunshine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 


 Banks & Shane’s corporate clients include IBM, AT&T, BellSouth, Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, State Farm Insurance, and many others.  They have been regular performers at Atlanta’s most prestigious country clubs, including The Atlanta Athletic Club, Cherokee, and The Atlanta National Golf Club.


During the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Banks & Shane were contracted for multiple performances by the major sponsors, including John Hancock Insurance, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Bank of America.  Their performances were a great success, giving visitors from around the world a taste of the best in “Down Home Entertainment”.


The Banks & Shane band is comprised of Banks Burgess on banjo and guitar, Paul Shane on guitar and trombone, Chuck Shane  on drums and electric bass, Jim Durand  on electric guitar, bass, and acoustic guitar, and Dennis Law on drums.  The versatility of this band is impressive indeed.  They can move effortlessly from country to folk to oldies rock & roll and back again, with something to please everyone.


Banks & Shane is indeed “Atlanta’s Entertainment Tradition”, combining exceptional talent, consummate showmanship and professionalism, and thirty years’ experience.  They are certain to make your event a great success!




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