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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. A native of Parkersburg, WV, Burge attended WVU in the late-'80s and early-'90s where he became an integral part of the Morgantown music scene in bands like "The Larries," "Triple Shot" and "63 Eyes." Since then, he has released seven solo CDs including 2006's "Hip About Time," which features a cameo from West Virginia native and 2006 Grammy Winner Tim O'Brien. Burge has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region and the northeast at venues as diverse as CBGB's, The Kennedy Center and Public Radio International’s Mountain Stage.
Burge’s latest CD, Hip About Time (2006) is a mix of Folk Rock, Country and Bluegrass.
“The recording is somewhat conceptual; I wanted to include songs that dealt with the passing of time. The concept hit me while watching the movie, Easy Rider for the fifth or so time in my life. The movie starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda is a real ‘time piece’ and it deals with freedom, misdirection and tragedy. At one point in the movie, the character, Captain America, played by Fonda says, ‘I’m hip about time, but I’ve got to go’. This line has meant different things to me through the years, but this time it was profound in a way as I was changing a diaper for my little baby Will. So, I put a bunch of songs together that for the most part revolve around time and family etc, but it’s not a biography, I’ve thrown in a bunch of fiction and I’m not even sure I know what’s true and what isn’t with some of it.” Burge said.
"The hardest thing for a singer/songwriter is to distinguish yourself to be original, because there are so many, I mean there are thousands of them out there and Todd has that quality. His music is unmistakable. You hear both his voice and the way he constructs songs, the way he rhymes things, what he writes about, all those things are unique. I don't know anybody else who does it like Todd does. There are some people who fall into traditions and you can say they sound pretty much like this person, but Todd doesn't sound like anybody and that's what I like the most about him, is the originality. From Bob Dylan to Randy Newman to Loudon Wainwright III, the very best singer/songwriters -no matter what their style of music - share a common trait: they all have a great, ironic sense of humor. TODD BURGE is West Virginia's contribution to this tradition. Around this state he's probably the 'dean' of all the singer/songwriters. The finest singer & songwriter that we have.”
Larry Groce, Host of PBS's Mountain Stage
"Possibly the best songwriter to ever come out of West Virginia"
Eric Leighton, The Athens News-Athens Ohio
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"Todd's a great songwriter, he's very attuned to everyday life and very witty. It's great to know him. When I heard him on 'Mountain Stage,' I said 'where have you been?' He's done a good job and his portrayal of every day is great. Tim O'Brien-Grammy Winner, hit songwriter.
"..you seem to be "at one" with your instruments, every cell engaged in what you are doing. Cool, just damn cool. We were really happy with the performance as were the people we talked to afterwards and have already discussed having you back. Molly Watson, Washington State Community College - Humanities Series
"A short list of WV's finest performing songwriters would have to include Parkersburg-based Todd Burge. His by-turns smart, serious and funny tunes and his confident stage presence are a master class in the art of the solo singer-songwriter craft." Doug Imbrogno-Charleston Gazette
I've heard the new record...it sounds incredible...and I put it in our heavy rotation up here at U92! Todd Burge has a knack of making you feel like he is singing right at you. When you listen to his music, you feel like he's right in the same room telling only you the story. Thanks to the super crisp production, you can hear Todd's pick scraping the strings and every breathe in his singing. Deft, Classy and instantly memorable. Let him into your heart and minds and you won't be sorry. Todd Encompasses the best of Townes, Dylan and Gram Parsons and should soon be in the pantheon of great singer/storytellers along with them.
Rob Werhle, Music Director U-92FM Morgantown, WV
"Burge's small-town tales and rustic folk have made in him, in many respects, the quintessential WV artist. On his latest effort, he's come up with perhaps the quintessential WV artist's song, "Up In The West Virginia Hills." Dan Le Roy, Graffiti (on Dream's Upstairs)
Todd Burge is one of the most consistently engaging and insightful singer-songwriters in the state, and his latest, is a work of real depth and scope.
Michael Shannon Friedman Charleston Gazette
"Todd Burge gives it all he's got on an all original solo acoustic production. He's rough and goofy, but honest and stark." Dirty Linen (International Folk and World Music Magazine)
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