Derek Trucks calls him "The Michael Jordan of the bass." The Grammy-nominated Burbridge's influences include jazz greats such as Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter, along with funk masters Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins and George Porter, Jr. Burbridge has always been in demand as a session and live sideman - recently, he was simultaneously a member of six different bands! His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991, when he founded the Aquarium Rescue Unit, a legendary jam band. He is probably best known for his work, since 1997, in The Allman Bros. Band. He was an immediate success, earning raves for his six string bass version of "Little Martha."
His work with the band also earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2004 and in 2005. Along the way, he found time to collaborate with Phish's Paige McConnell and The Funky Meters' Russell Battiste on the jam unit Vida Blue and to replace the late Allen Woody in Gov't Mule. Burbridge has dropped all of his side projects recently, preferring to focus on the Allman Bros. and Oteil and the Peacemakers.