B.G. McPike and Solly Burton

B.G. McPike and Solly Burton

 Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
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Guitarist/songsmith Dr. B.G. McPike and the nation's #1 mandolin virtuoso, Solly Burton, can swing you, rock you, and take you on a sonic journey through time and place with acoustic artistry of the highest caliber. Americana at its best, blending Hot swing, Dixie, Blues, Folk, Jazz, and Classical.

Biography

CHOPS, GROOVE, & FUN with HISTORY:
This dynamic acoustic duo blends and bridges multiple styles of music that span generations of song. Performing with Two-time Winfield National Mandolin Champion, Solly Burton, brings McPike full circle with the music he played as a teen with his grandfather: the popular music of 'The American Songbook' - and beyond.

B.G. MCPIKE is one of those extremely rare guitarists who has taken the time and pains to cultivate and maintain a professional caliber classical guitar technique without abandoning the popular, jazz, and folk styles in which he grew as a youngster, and in which he continues to grow today. He holds degrees in music from both Butler University and Indiana University, including a Doctor of Music in Guitar Performance and Literature with a minor in Jazz Studies.

At age 20, he was selected as one of six guitarists from a nation-wide audition tour to perform at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Since 2001 he has resided in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he has taught guitar at the Indiana State University School of Music. In 2008 he was awarded a regional prize, Arts Illiana's 'Bravo! The Arts' award as the Wabash Valley's Professional Artist of the Year. In the summer of 2008 he toured Thailand with The Ambassador Brass quintet. In March, 2009 he and guitar duo partner Dan Sumner took First Prize in the Professional Division of the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition, playing mostly McPike's original works. Later in 2009 he performed 'Electric Counterpoint' by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich at Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival - after which Reich, who attended the concert, called it a 'fabulous performance.' And in 2011, McPike also won the Indiana State Thumbpicking championship at Princeton, IN.

McPike's songwriting got him recognized by the 'Song of the Year' contest as one of the 'suggested artists' for September, 2009. A baritone/bass vocalist, he sang and accompanied the Grammy winning Indiana University Singing Hoosiers in the 90's.

SOLLY BURTON:
Winner and current Champion of both the 2013 Tennessee State mandolin and flatpick guitar championships, Solly has become one of the all-time great mandolin players by age 21 with two Winfield Championships under his belt to go along with a long list of other top prizes at Bluegrass festivals. By age 12, he had performed on stage with Ricky Skaggs. While his roots are in bluegrass and folk, Burton is an avid fan of the great Jethro Burns, whose work has inspired him to explore the music of 'The American Songbook'.

In 2009, Solly was featured on NPR's 'From The Top', and he received 'honorable mention' recognition from cellist Yo-Yo Ma on NPR radio's broadcast of the winners of the renowned cellist's Indaba music competition. Also in 2009, Burton was honored with a "Bravo! The Arts!" award as the Wabash Valley's Outstanding Teen Artist. In addition to his accolades for his mandolin playing, he has also won the Indiana State Fiddling and Picking Championships' award for First Prize in Flat Picking Guitar Burton has appeared on NPR at other times: in Boston for an NPR fundraiser, and in Rochester, NY where he performed Vivaldi's 'Mandolin Concerto in C' with faculty members from Eastman School of Music.

Quotable:
"That was a really fabulous performance!" - Steve Reich (Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer) upon hearing McPike's performance of Reich's own work, 'Electric Counterpoint'

"That was the best Rotary Club meeting I've been to in 30 years" - Judge, Michael Eldred - after McPike & Burton's performance for the Rotary Club of Terre Haute on 1/3/12.

Lyrics

Dark Side of Blue

Written By: B.G. McPike

I almost went with you to the Dark Side of Blue,
but we parted ways somewhere in the game.
You called for me to come, but I had to turn and run
toward another song callin' my name

You always looked at me as someone I would not be,
but we hung together quite a lengthy while.
I never really knew what kind of scope you were lookin' through
until I heard the twisted laugh behind your smile.

You were on the Dark Side of Blue
The Dark Side of Blue
Will you find your way back
when the sun goes goes down on you?

(Inst.)
A decade's past or two since my last contact with you.
I hope you found some mercy and some peace.
Those little guys are gone, but I'm still holdin' on
to a hopeful song - and wishin' your release...
...wishin' your release from the
Dark Side of Blue
from the Dark Side of Blue
If you find your way back, you'll see the porch light's on
for you.

Back To Indiana

Written By: B.G. McPike

I'm headin' on Back to Indiana
between Wabash and Ohio
I'm headin' on Back to Indiana
between Wabash and Ohio
There's a table set up for me
by a beautiful woman I know

I'm headin' on Back To Indiana
There's a party in the street
I'm headin' on Back To Indiana
There's a party in the street
Where the food is just like heaven
Even the corn up there is sweet

I'm headin' on Back to Indiana
I've got a big glass jug o' coins
I'm headin' on Back to Indiana
with my big glass jug o' coins
Just topped that ol' van up with gas
now I'm gonna get some tenderloin

(Take it Solly)

I'm headin' on Back To Indiana
I've got a ticket to the race
I'm headin' on Back To Indiana
Go get your ticket to the race
'cause if you get caught climbin' fences
there ain't no way to save your face

I'm headin' on Back to Indiana
between Wabash and Ohio
I'm headin' on Back to Indiana
between Wabash and Ohio
There's a table set up for me
by a beautiful woman I know

Workhorse

Written By: B.G. McPike

Let me be your Workhorse
Put those bags on me
Let me be your Workhorse
Put those bags on me
I just hope you will remember
That's not the only work for me

Let me be your stallion
When the day is done
Let me be your stallion
When the day is done
Won't you take this load off my back?
Let's go out and have some fun

Ride with me baby
Ride when the sun goes down
Won't you ride with me baby
With the stars all shinin' down
Now wrap your arms around me,
c'mon, c'mon and love me down.

Let me be your Workhorse
when the morning comes to be
Let me be your Workhorse
When the sunlight lets me see
I just hope you will remember
what good work means to me.

Pardon Me

Written By: B.G. McPike

Pardon Me
while I step away
You know it's much too beautiful a day
to be stuck inside
these windowless four walls

There's a patch
of flowers in the grass
reminding me that one more spring could pass
with me stuck inside
these windowless four walls

Pardon me if I don't show up
I don't feel like acting all grown up today
I gotta get away
if only for a day

Pardon me while I slip away
There is a song that's beggin' to be played
by a guitar, from the other side
of these windowless four walls

(gtr solo)

Pardon Me
if I come unglued
You can always haul me to the zoo
if I get too crazy
stuck inside these windowless four walls

[quasi-rapped/over percussion]:
There's a patch of purple flowers growin' wild in the grass
reminding me that yet another spring is gonna come 'n' pass
with me stuck inside these windowless four walls

Pardon Me
Pardon my excuse!
for leaving that for which I have no use today
I gotta get away
if only for a day

Pardon Me
While I slip away
there is a song that's begging to be played
by a Country boy- from the other side
of these windowless four walls
(mandolin solo)

Pardon me
if I come unglued
Pardon Me
if I act confused
Pardon Me
while I go sing some blues
Pardon me
Pardon Me...

Discography

McPike:

CD companion to 'First Lessons for Guitar by Julio S. Sagreras' (2005)

B.G. McPike and The Haute Club: "Smooth Landing" (2007)

B.G. McPike and The Haute Club: "Bluephoria" (2010)

McPike's work recorded by the Coda Duo:

"Into Your Company" and "The Blue Hole" on album, 'Sonata Andaluz' (2010)

Burton:

'Solly Burton: "Back Home Again"'

Also featured on B.G. McPike and the Haute Club's 'Bluephoria'

Burton and McPike: "From Far Beyond the Pond: Favorite tunes from Great Britain, Ireland, and Shetland" featuring Nan McEntire (2012)

'She Was Born in Indiana Where the Wabash River Flows' on "The Wabash" (Art Spaces Indiana's fundraiser album collection of Wabash Valley Artists.)

Set List

Selected from (among others/ requests possible):

Across the Universe (Lennon McCartney)
Alabama Jubilee
All the Things You Are (Kern)
Asturias (Albeniz)
Auld Lang Syne and Variations (comp./arr. by B.G. McPike)
Autumn Leaves
Back Home Again (in Indiana)
Back To Indiana (McPike)
Banish Misfortune (Irish Jig)
Bears (Steve Fromholz)
Beethoven's Sonatina in C Min. for Mandolin/Gtr. (cembalo)
Besame Mucho
Billy in the Lowgrounds
Blue Moon
Blue Monk (T. Monk)
Bridal Chorus (Wagner - for weddings, of course, or....)
Boys of Bluehill/Manchester Hornpipe/Harvest Home
Bye Bye Blues
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Caravan (Tizol/Ellington)
Charmaine
Christmas/Holiday tunes (Many as season or situation dictates)
Ciribiribin (Italian)
Come Together (Lennon/McCartney)
Dark Side of Blue (McPike)
Don't Give Me The Runaround (T-Bone Walker)
Don't Miss Your Turn (McPike)
El Cumbenchero
Far From Home/Castle Kelly (Reels)
Fix You (Coldplay)
Flyin' Down 41 (Fast Blues-original)
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