Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Todd Tours West Virginia in October

Read about my WV Tour below.  Why don't you click on a song and listen while you read?
I'll be bringing these songs and many more on the road with me. 
The New CD, Building Characters featuring Tim O'Brien, Kenny Malone
Produced by Don Dixon


I'm looking forward to touring the state of WV a bit in October.  I'll be returning to three of my all time favorite venues.

OCT 6 2012 - OCTOBERFEST - BRAMWELL WV. It's about the beer! And tons of music by Poor Taters, Boatmen, Todd Burge and more! Todd plays "stop #3" a 2:15. This simply is one of the coolest festivals in the state. Bramwell, beautiful people, beautiful town and they are so serious about their beer and having a great time.
It is a family thing too by the way!

Two Shows on OCT 7th!


Todd performs solo at the Tamarack Theatre. A special stop on his Oct tour of WV! 2PM and free (must call ahead for tickets or get them at the info desk if available the day of show) Tamarack - The Best of WV!

Fall colors will be at their peak! Todd returns to the Purple Fiddle. Monday is a holiday, so you can hang out past 8pm can't ya? Drive up the mountain and enjoy a Burge retrospective. $7 at the door.

Won't you follow me? For bookings 304-481-2766

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Now Booking - BILL KIRCHEN with TODD BURGE (duo tour)

Bill Kirchen & Todd Burge at the Folk Alliance 

*Now Booking East Coast (dates pending)
Bill Kirchen & Todd Burge (duo tour)
The Titan of the Telecaster, Mr. Hot Rod Lincoln, teams up with 
the twisted WV Troubadour for a string of high energy duo shows

For bookings contact
or call

Watch him play Hot Rod Lincoln

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. His current CD Word To The Wise on Proper American features duets with many of these artists he's worked with, including Elvis, Nick, Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks
Johnny Cash -
 "I think he's great."

Nick Lowe -
 "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky,
a really sensational musician with enormous depth."

No Depression -
 "You might call [Hot Rod Lincoln] the Triumph of the Telecaster.
Then again, you might say that about Kirchen's whole career."

San Francisco Chronicle
 "Kirchen can count on the respect of anybody who knows his work."

Indy Week
 "one of the best guitarists in the land"

Vintage Guitar Magazine -
"an American treasure"

Todd on Music City Roots

"On his new recording, Todd Burge inhabits his invented characters. The scat singing and lyrical humor lighten the mood of some heavy subjects, letting his insights sneak up on you. He just keeps getting better and better."
Tim O’Brien  (Singer-Songwriter, Grammy winner)

"This collection includes songs that no one else could have conceived, much less written. Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Dixon, O'Brien and Malone put up the perfect front to make it all seem so normal. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

“With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks.  Subjects too quirky, too controversial, too obtuse for most writers to get a handle on.  His compelling vocal style and unique perspective keep me interested long after the last note rings out.”
Don Dixon – Producer, Performer, Songwriter

BUILDING CHARACTERS BY TODD BURGE:  On the heels of Harold Camping’s “end of the world predictions” and just in time for the Mayan Calendar to end in December of this year, WV Folk Troubadour once again joins Tim O’Brien & Kenny Malone (See Todd’s 2008 release “My Lost and Found” produced by Tim O’Brien) for a recording that Larry Groce, host of NPR’s Mountain Stage says is “a collection of songs that no one else could have conceived, much less written”.  The recording, produced by Don Dixon (Red Clay Ramblers, REM) is full of many characters all interconnected.   Recorded live at Tim O’Brien’s Nashville home, the sometimes gritty (and humorous), sometimes beautiful songs revolve around insecurity, predictions of the world’s impending doom, religious fanaticism, and fatalistic egoism seen through the eyes of humans, animals and bugs.  In this recording you’ll hear about a woman who buries her husband of 35 years in her own flower garden, then waters him daily, telling him to “Grow Up”.  There a tune about how Joseph must have felt when Mary said she was with child, without his assistance.  A man buys enough Jesus night lights to plug into every receptacle in his house and is blinded by that light.  Springtime comes and a hungry squirrel goes crazy and loses his religion while looking for his nuts. A cocky fly is shown some mercy and his raw attitude brings on some bad Karma.  Make certain you listen before December 21st of 2012 for best results.  Charles Rich - SWN

 Over the last two decades, Todd Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, performing over 100 shows per year in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center.  He has toured extensively with Tim O’Brien and will be touring with Bill Kirchen winter 2012-2013.  Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia’s most prolific singer/songwriters. Burge’s high-energy shows are packed with songs and stories of bizarre characters and critters, from dogs to sharks to humans and beyond. The Charleston Gazette said, “Burge’s performances are a master class in the Singer/Songwriter genre”.  Burge is a repeat guest on Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by the show’s host, Larry Groce.  In 2012 Burge released two CDs, One for grownups entitled “Building Characters” produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M. Mary Chapin Carpenter) which features Tim O’Brien and one for children entitled “Character Building”.  The Children’s CD will serve as an ongoing fundraiser for The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. He resides with his wife Lisa and two young children, Sophia (6) and William (8) in Parkersburg WV.  304-481-2766

Todd Hosting Songwriter Night Invitational Nov 1st The Adelphia Marietta Ohio

Our next scheduled invitational

Thursday November 1st 2012
The Adelphia Music Hall 
Marietta Ohio
Hosted by Todd Burge
Please email a link to your music for consideration

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