Burgandy Brown

Burgandy Brown

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In “Basics,” her pedal-to-the-metal acoustic foot-stomper of a lead single, she embodies classic country-rock, especially in the full-throttle, quick-hit chorus: “Live more, laugh more, love more and hug more/That’s what we need to get back to the basics.”

Biography

“Everyone asks if Burgandy Brown is my real name and it just makes me chuckle,” says the Colorado native. “I love to tell people that my mom was just a crazy hippie, because that makes so much more sense than the actual reason: Tommy Bolin had a song called ‘Sweet Burgundy,’ and my mom loved him as a guitarist and she thought it was a beautiful name. Her favorite color is purple, but she didn’t want to name me Purple or Lavender, so she thought that Burgandy would fit.”
That 1976 nugget from the onetime Deep Purple and James Gang guitarist was the motivation for Burgandy’s given name and it also instantly pegs her onetime concert promoter mom as a rocker. “I always remember that she’d be jammin’ out to Aerosmith or Mötley Crüe or Alice In Chains, Def Leppard—so I grew up with a lot of that from her.” That rock & roll sensibility is certainly evident in the pair of songs that Brown has already recorded and released as a precursor to her still-being-recorded debut album, but no more so than the country influences she picked up from her grandparents. “My grandpa always listened to Elvis,” she says, “and my grandma loved Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Hank Williams, Jr.”
In “Basics,” her pedal-to-the-metal acoustic foot-stomper of a lead single, she embodies classic country-rock, especially in the full-throttle, quick-hit chorus: “Live more, laugh more, love more and hug more/That’s what we need to get back to the basics.” Brown takes it down a notch with “Risk,” giving it a musical feel and believe-in-yourself lyrical bent similar to the slow-burn side of ’90s rock stars Creed, with something of a ’70s Linda Ronstadt vocal quality. Both songs have been delivered on Two For The Road, which preceded Burgandy’s as-yet-untitled album by a few months. “We’re in the middle of recording,” Brown says of the sessions which began at the end of February 2007. A release date in May is the current plan. “We took our entire repertoire, which is probably over 50 songs, and picked everything that we thought was the best, even if the songs might not necessarily tie hand-in-hand with one another.”

Burgandy was born in Los Angeles, but a few days later her family was on the move to a farm east of Denver. It was there on the Eastern Plains of Colorado where she developed a love for the local sports teams—especially the Broncos—eclectic, eye-catching action movies with good cinematography and, of course, singing. “I started singing in elementary school and my grandma got me singing in church. I started singing solos when I was probably 9 or 10.” A couple of years at Denver’s School of the Arts and years of private lessons have helped Burgandy develop a rich, commanding voice. Brown figures she was in her early teens when music turned into something that she “could maybe do for the rest of my life,” and she wrote her first song in her freshman year of high school; that song, “Don’t Lie To Me,” was included on Eastern Plains, a four-song EP that she did in 2004. Around that time Burgandy joined a popular local band as a background singer, and experienced firsthand the thrill of performing at the breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre; one of her dreams is to be able to sing her own songs there.
Now in her early 20s, Burgandy Brown is recording her first album even as she juggles a pair of part-time jobs and her senior year at Colorado University-Denver, where she’s majoring in Sociology. “Originally I was going to school for Political Science,” she says. “I was very wide-eyed and wanted to do so much good to change the world, but sometimes you just realize that you can only do so much, so I decided to change my major. I’m still getting my minor in Political Science, as well as Psychology. Ultimately, if things don’t pan out with my music I’ll probably go into marketing.” Understandably, that kind of a workload doesn’t leave much time for gigging, but after playing her first official show in May of 2006 Burgandy and her band played out all summer, including an opening slot for Reckless Kelly. And then there was the one-off performance in March 2007 when Denver’s new Country radio station, 92.5 The Wolf, asked her to be the evening’s entertainment at a party welcoming their new morning DJs.

While Burgandy is just getting started with her musical career, two of the three guys she makes music with began playing together when Brown was still in pigtails and preschool. “EJ and I met in 1989 and played in a band together for a couple of years,” guitarist Bryan Dennis explains, referring to drummer EJ Worden. In the ’90s they played the metal/rap of the day, released one CD as the Hippie Werewolves and toured the Western US sharing stages with No Doubt, Sublime, 311, Everclear and Corrosion Of Conformity. After years of living apart, Dennis and Worden reconnected when Burgandy invited them to back her up. “They were part of a previous band that my mom worked as a concert promoter—I actually went on tour with them whe

Lyrics

Basics

Written By: Burgandy Brown, Bryan Dennis

Sometimes life gets a little hectic
And sometimes I forget the important things in life
Sometimes I am a little jaded
Sometimes I can’t recognize myself

PRE-CHORUS
Let’s take it back a time or two to when things seemed simple
When love was all we needed to make it work

CHORUS
Let’s get back to the basics
Let’s get back to you and me
Live more, laugh more, love more and hug more
That’s what we need to get back to the basics
The basics

Sometimes I make a mistake or two
And sometimes we forget to talk to each other
Sometimes you act like a stubborn fool
Sometimes we forget we’re meant for one another

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS

BRIDGE
I know it’s not gonna be easy but we’ve got the history and the love’s still here baby
I know it’s gonna take some work but we both deserve it and it’ll be worth it so

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS

Risk

Written By: Burgandy Brown, Bryan Dennis

Dream of the possibilities
Imagine what could be

Chorus:
A risk you must make, your happiness is at stake

Verse:
Believe in the impossible
Wish upon a star

Chorus:

Verse:
Focus on what’s in front of you
Remember but don’t hold on to the past
Hope for a better day
And love like it’s your last

Chorus:
A risk you must make your happiness is at stake
A leap of faith you’ve gotta take, your happiness is at stake

Out Here

Written By: Burgandy Brown/ Bryan Dennis

Win or lose you’ll never know
Gotta try it even if you blow it

I’m okay, I’m alright, doing fine, I’m doing fine

I’m out here on my own just trying to make it through
I’m out here trying to belong but it’s so hard with out you baby

Live and learn you will see
It’s not easy even when meant to be

Pre-chorus:
Chorus:

OOOOOOO’s

Passion pain it’s all the same
Can’t hide it even if you want to

Then Came You

Written By: Burgandy Brown/ Bryan Dennis

There was a time I had it all planned
There was a time I had it figured out
There was a time I thought I knew everything
Then came you

There was a time I was sick with desire
Foolish young wanting to much power
You came to me when I didn’t want you too
Then came you

Then came you and you turned my world right-side up-side down and out
You came and you saved me from a lifetime of pain and misery
It’s you who makes my life have meaning
You who makes it complete
Then came you, then came you

There was a time I knew myself
There was a time I was in control
There was a time I chose to let it go
Then came you

Once upon a time I had no purpose
Slowly went through all the motions
Overcome and somehow rise above
Then came you

Then came you and you turned my world right-side up-side down and out
You came and you saved me from a lifetime of pain and misery
It’s you who makes my life have meaning
You who makes it complete
Then came you, then came you

I prayed everyday for the strength to continue on
Mysterious plan I never knew
But I’m starting to understand

Then came you and you turned my world right-side up-side down and out
You came and you saved me from a lifetime of pain and misery
It’s you who makes my life have meaning
You who makes it complete
Then came you, then came you

It’s you who makes my life have meaning
You who makes it complete
Then came you, then came you

O lord, you who makes my life have meaning
You who make my life complete, O lord
Then came you

Porcelain Doll

Written By: Burgandy Brown

I see ya paying
close attention to the way I move
You see me take it low bring it up again
making my way around the room

I know you’re watching
like what you seeing
something this good can’t be wrong
You can buy me a drink
won’t take me home
look but don’t touch or I’m gone

Tattooed up mean heartbreaking machine
rough and rowdy hot and heavy
Fair skinned porcelain child
In a box like a doll for most of my life

If you’ve got it
Why don’t you flaunt it
work what your mama gave ya till daddy takes it back
Pop it lock it push it rock it
You know I’ll take it from ya just like that

Tattooed up mean heartbreaking machine
rough and rowdy hot and heavy
Fair skinned porcelain child
In a box like a doll for most of my life

Tattooed up mean heartbreaking machine
rough and rowdy hot and heavy
Wild child with an attitude
attitude can’t control me won’t hold me
Tattooed up mean heartbreaking machine
rough and rowdy hot and heavy
Fair skinned porcelain child
In a box like a doll for most of my life

Slip n Slide

Written By: Bryan Dennis

I was there in the backyard with all of my friends
The July sun heating us up
Sprinkler rain cooling us down again

Trash-bag slip-n-slide nailed to the grass
Three kid pile up, denim green ass
We could play all day like that in my neighborhood

You could hear the music playing from the end of the cul-de-sac
That tune had us begging mama for money
Then we’d take off running fast

Ice cream pied piper’s driving slow
Cruise every street so we’d all know
Summer had finally arrived in the neighborhood

bada bada dada bada bada bada bada bada dad a

Some times I’m right back there in my dreams
Sticky hands and summertime plans made in cut-off jeans
And we’d say

bada bada dada bada bada bada bada bada dada
I remember the pictures on the wagon from way back when
Looking up asking the guy inside what we could get for
Thirty cents

Bomb pop finger paint all over my chin
Sometimes I wish I could go back again
For one more summer like that in my neighborhood

bada bada dada bada bada bada bada bada dada

Lady Like

Written By: BK Dennis

I get a great big kick
outta drinkin’ beer
Heels over head on a keg stand
I holla’ back at the boys with their hard hats on
And I dance on the bar to the clappin’ hands

I never wash the mud from my pickup truck
‘Cause it’s a damn straight 4X4
and I like it dirty
The way I like my lovin’ sometimes

Chorus:
I know it ain’t the way that Momma planned
But man I just ain’t that lady like

I like football, NASCAR, shootin’ a gun, and the WWF
And like dear ol’ Grandma told me
Scratch where it itches,
not where it looks best
I can tie a double knot in a cherry stem
Just by using my tongue
When I’m out havin’ fun, and yes, I’m havin’ fun

Chorus:

I know this ain’t the way that Momma planned
But man I just ain’t that lady like

Now I ain’t what you’d call a dainty girl
My boots are kinda scuffed, but that’s alright by me
And I ain’t one to call it quits at closin’ time
‘Cause that honky-tonk cowboy’s givin’ me the eye
So I’m gonna show him what this lady likes

I get a great big kick outta watchin’ our kids
On a trash bag slip-n-slide
Come on baby let’s “saddle up”
I’ll throw a leg over and take a ride
In the middle of the night we’ll howl at the moon
Like a couple ‘a crazy kids ‘cause I like it dirty
The way I like my truck most times

Chorus:
I know this ain’t the way that Momma planned
But man I just ain’t that lady like
10.14.2006

Sounds Like Cryin'

Written By: BK Dennis

Too bad, I hear you lost your dad
To a quicker right hand last Sunday
I look away to the center of town
As a hammer comes down on a nail in the gallows

I was standing in the road with a Colt in my right hand
The devil on the left and your father in the middle
I could have walked away when he called me out
But now it’s a little too late

Chorus:
As they pull the hood down over my eyes
I think about the ones I left behind
Friends and lovers and others standing in the noonday sun
Waiting to watch me hang
Then it’s a short drop and a sudden stop
And the trapdoor swingin’s the only thing that sounds like cryin’

If I had the chance to tell it over again
The story wouldn’t be like this, I swear
I’d leave the stage and drop the rage
The final page would end another way

Promise young man not to be like me
If there’s death in the cards, it’s better to fold
Heaven won’t have a place for me
The Gates are locked, like the bars I hold

Bobby (pending release)

Written By: BK Dennis

I had just about enough of waking up
In places that were strange to me
The time I’d spent alone had shown me
Someone I thought I’d never be
So, decision made, I found my way
To a place where people faced the pain
As I walked in, a stranger hugged me
I began to cry as I said-

Chorus:

My name’s Bobby, and I’m an alcoholic
Or an addict, or something, I’m not sure what to call it
But I used to be a stand up guy
Someone you could call your friend
Now I need something to help me save myself
From the bitter end

A year has come and gone, and I’m not alone
God’s kept me from an early grave
And I thank him every day, just for today
And the gift so freely given to me
I’m back again, able to be a friend
And slowly mend what I would have ended
Then she walked in, I gave her a hug
She began to cry as she said-

Chorus:

My name’s Allie, and I’m an alcoholic
Or an addict, or something, I’m not sure what to call it
But I used to be the kind of girl, well…
Someone you could call your friend
Now I need something to help me save myself
From the bitter end

Bridge:

I don’t want to got to jail, and I ain’t crazy
And I don’t want to die – Oh my!

Chorus:

My name’s Anyone, and I’m an alcoholic
Or an addict, or something, I’m not sure what to call it
But I used to be a stand up guy
Someone you could call your friend
Now I need something to help me save myself
From the bitter end

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3.18.07

It's Christmas

Written By: BK Dennis

Out my window I see the snow
Falling past the streetlight glow
Quiet & peaceful, like sleeping children

The evergreen dressed in its raiment of silver
Awaiting the accolades
Of bare-footed, tousle-haired, hallway pilgrims

At five in the morning, the sun barely up
A sound that fills my soul
Through ragged edged ribbons of paper I see
Smiles that melt the morning cold

Chorus:
And it’s Christmas all over the world
One silent night, one shining star
Yeah, it’s Christmas all over the world
And the world is wherever you are

In the season of toys & trees
Find the reason for all of these
Love one another, let it fall like rain

Toys & tannenbaums pass away
Like the cold of a winter day
But the Son that came to warm our hearts remains

I can’t help but wonder, that first Christmas morning
How everyone witnessed the miracle
Of the Child in their presence, already a King
Who as a young man would save us all

Chorus:

Bridge:
Carolers filling the air with the music of 2000 Christmas's – hear them sing
Snow gently falling, it covers the city in pure hills of white – bells are ringing

It’s Christmas again let the bells ring all over the world, hear the children sing Alleluia!

9.16.07

Running Start (pending release)

Written By: BK Dennis

You always seemed like a butterfly
With nowhere left to land
Aimless in the darkness, looking for an open hand
Look no farther than from where you end, and I begin
Hold on tight while we turn our faces to the wind

Chorus:
A running start and a little wind
Is all we need to fly
Here we are my angel friend
Circling higher, we leave who we were for the sky

You can’t deny the way things are
You only need to choose
I could be your place to land
My hand is out to you
It ain’t so complicated once you find out just where you stand
The darkness has ended, so fly with me while you can

Chorus:
A running start and a little wind
Is all we need to fly
Here we are my angel friend
Circling higher, we leave who we were for the sky

Look no farther than from where you end and I begin
Hold on tight while we turn our faces to the wind

A running start and a little wind
Is all we need to fly
Here we are my angel friend
Open your arms wide
A running start and a little wind
Is all we need to fly
Here we are my angel friend
Circling higher, we leave who we were for the sky

7.2.07

Discography

My Lucky 13
Two For The Road 2007
Eastern Plains 2004

Set List

Original music
Two 45 min sets