Big Joe Burke

Big Joe Burke

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Smoothly weaving a path through country and rock'n'roll's rich heritage, Big Joe Burke delivers you to a unique place in music's landscape. A 5 piece outfit, the sound is big, bold and full powered. Alt-country with passion, shooting straight from the hip.

Biography

Few people do this kind of country anymore. It's either slick and self-conscious or leaning in the direction of pop-rock. Burke is rough and twangy; guitar and pedal steel indulge in a gruesome duel while he sings of drinking till he dies, or gets nostalgic thinking about his prairie town. There is more enthusiasm than refinement, more up-tempo energy than introspection. A song such as "Statue" goes back to that place where country met rock 'n' roll, or Hank Williams met Elvis Presley. Burke's choice of covers is telling, too: Wilco (the new), Merle Haggard (the old) and George Jones (the sodden). Grade: B -- Tom Harrison, The Province. September 5, 2007.

For more information, bookings, etc. please contact the band at management@bigjoeburke.com or visit: bigjoeburke.com

Big Joe Burke's debut album "Love or Money" draws our attention to moments in time that define us, make us who we are. "We all make decisions and compromises in our lives; often the most important involve a choice between love or money."

Burke's own life story is the stuff that country songs (and legends) have long been made of, connecting him to music and inspiring him to become a musician at an early age.

As a songwriter, Burke's intensely visual lyrics are like a collection of cleverly written vignettes, character sketches and raw, honest, soulful expression. In "Love or Money", Burke's songs tell of the life hard lived, of choices made, or left unmade, prices paid, and the value of love."Love or Money" makes no judgments and pushes no answers. "I'm just sharing observations and experiences." Burke states. "We all have to make our own choices in life, and live with them."

Burke's performance is sincere and heartfelt. "I love performing," Burke states, "seeing and feeling how a song can touch the audience. Making that kind of connection with people just shows how much we all share in common."

Since releasing "Love or Money" in the summer of 2007 Burke has been reaching into the hearts and minds of fans from Vancouver to Berlin - and developing a devoted fan base of folks who've come to see him as a friend.

Burke's powerful pipes, ability to sing from the heart and express each song as if living the moment, definitely bring his listeners deep inside every song he performs.

Burke's musical influence spans the decades; Williams, Cash and Presley to Townshend, Costello and Tweedy. Comparisons can be made to some of country and rock'n'roll's greats, but "Love or Money" defines Big Joe Burke as a singer, songwriter and performer who has what it takes to become a legend unto his own.

Lyrics

Prairie Town

Written By: Joe Burke

I'm headed back to
That little prairie town
The place I grew up
It's where I found a home

It took a long time
For me to find out
It's been a long time
Since I made my way home

October winds blew
And chilled me to the bone
Whiskey from the bottle
To try and steel my resolve

Pictures on the table
And pictures on the wall
We all were gathered
Inside the Legion Hall

A somber moment
A friendly smile
A chance to see the people
I last knew as a child

I'm headed back to
That little prairie town
The place I grew up
It's where I found a home.

Jimmie Dean

Written By: Joe Burke

Full Title: The Tragic Death of Jimmie Dean & the Ragtop

As I travel on these highways
Through the heart of the Americas
When things are troubling my mind
I put the top down and I travel on

I'm headin' west and searching for
Answers to the questions I never asked

And just like Jimmie Dean
I'm living a simple fantasy

Hands hands upon the wheel
With my head up in the clouds
I see a thousand towns go by
All their names mean nothing to me now

Cause at one hundred miles per hour
They all appear to be the same

And just like Jimmie Dean
I'm living a simple fantasy

Cadillacs and country boys
Lay dead by the roadside
I see it in the headlights
I see it in their eyes

All the things they've seen are nothing now
But spent childhood dreams

And just like Jimmie Dean
I'm living a simple fantasy

As I travel on these highways
Through the heartlands that I've called home
I see the things that I regret
They're all reflected in my rear-view mirror

I could say that I've been there
I'd just as soon forget the past

And just like Jimmie Dean
I'm living a simple fantasy

Just like Jimmie Dean
I'm headed west out to the sea.

Cups On The Table

Written By: Joe Burke

Cups on the Table
By: Joe Burke
Album: Love or Money

Daydreams life is beautiful
Nightmares bleak and pitiful

Daydreams waitin' for the bus
Nighttime I'm waiting for your call

But as I go taking the phone from the cradle
On I go living life like a fable
Turning I see not a home but a stable
Beer bottles, ashtrays and cups on the table

Walking the sun is in my eyes
Sitting always hearing lies

Jumping stares from all around
Falling I'm rushing at the ground

Watching must it be like this
Living at the edge of an abyss

Diving head first I fall
Laughing I bang my head against the wall

Life In Prison

Written By: Merle Haggard

Life in Prison
Cover Song - By: Merle Haggard
Album: Big Joe Burke - Love or Money

The jury found the verdict first degree
They swore I planned her death to be
I prayed they'd sentence me to die
But they wanted me to live and I know why

So I'd do life in prison for the wrongs I've done
And I pray every night for death to come
My life will be a burden every day
If I could die, my pain might go away

With trembling hands I killed my darling wife
I swore I loved her more than life
My love for her will last a long, long time
But I'd rather die than live to lose my mind

Far, Far Away

Written By: Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

Far, far away
In those city lights
They might be shining on you tonight

Far, far away from you
On the dark side of the room

I long to hold you
In my arms and sway
Kissing right on the CTA
I need to see you tonight

In those bright lights
I know it’s right
Deep in my heart
I know it’s right

By the bed, by the light
That you read by
By the time I get home to say goodnight

I need to see you again
On the dark side with my friends
On the dark side

Just One More

Written By: George Jones

Put the bottle on the table
Let it stay there till I'm not able
To see your face in every place that I go
Cause I've been sitting here so long
Just remembering that you are gone
One more drink of wine
Then if you're still on my mind
One drink, just one more, and then another

I'll keep drinking, it won't matter
I'll just remember that I once had her
I don't know why I sit and cry every day
I've been trying to forget, but I haven’t stopped as yet
One more drink of wine
Then if you're still on my mind
One drink, just one more, and then another

Put the bottle on the table
Let it stay there till I'm not able
To see your face in every place that I go
Cause I've been sitting here so long
Just remembering that you are gone
One more drink of wine
Then if you're still on my mind
One drink, just one more, and then another

Discography

CD/Debut Album: "Love or Money" July 14th, 2007

Air Play:

30AUG2007 - "CFUN Radio" - Vancouver - Interview & "Love or Money"

Web/Radio Play:

Big Joe Burke has surpassed 14,500 visits and 13,400 plays in MySpace in a very short time, as well as having been featured on several online podcasts and streaming radio programs - including the very popular alt-country station 'Boot Liquor Radio', "CBC Radio3", "Country 1 - New Artist Radio":

Examples:

BOOT LIQOUR PLAYS:

08APR2008 - JUST ONE MORE
07APR2008 - LOVE OR MONEY
06APR2008 - LOVE OR MONEY
05APR2008 - LIFE IN PRISON
04APR2008 - LIFE IN PRISON
02APR2008 - LIFE IN PRISON
31MAR2008 - LOVE OR MONEY
30MAR2008 - LIFE IN PRISON
25MAR2008 - LIFE IN PRISON

CBC Radio - ON THE COAST:

2007MAY02 - LOVE OR MONEY
2007MAY02 - PRAIRIE TOWN
2007MAY22 - PRAIRIE TOWN
2007MAY23 - LOVE OR MONEY

COUNTRY SONGVAULT - TOP 40:

3 songs uploaded April 9th made Top 40 by May 10th:

#4 - NOT AGAIN
#11 - CUPS ON THE TABLE
#17 - JIMMIE DEAN

Set List

ORIGINALS:

1. Prairie Town - Joe Burke
2. Home Sweet Home - Joe Burke
3. Judgement Day - Joe Burke
4. Unsaid - Joe Burke
5. Statue - Joe Burke
6. Not Again - Joe Burke
7. Love or Money - Joe Burke
8. Cups on the Table - Joe Burke
9. Estranged - Joe Burke
10. Living on the Road - Joe Burke
11. Jimmie Dean - Joe Burke
12. The Tide - Big Joe Burke

COVERS:

1. Life in Prison - Merle Haggard
2. Key to my Heart - Doug Sahm
3. My Baby Left Me - Arther "Big Boy" Crudup
4. Atomic Power - Ira Louvin
5. Just One More - George Jones
6. Hickory Wind - Gram Parsons
7. Far, Far Away - Jeff Tweedy
8. Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Chuck Berry
9. Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
10. Friend of the Devil - Robert Hunter
11. You Got A Reputation - Tim Hardin
12. Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
13. Midnight Special - Huddie J. Ledbetter
14. Don't Think Twice It's All Right - Bob Dylan
15. Maybelline - Chuck Berry
16. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard
17. Sundown - Gordo