Ira Burton

Ira Burton

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Bluesy folkster, I've been called. I love energy. I use not just my voice, guitar, harmonica and tambourine to convey music. I use my body as an instrument. I like to rock. Its americana-blues-jazz-folk-country-punk.

Biography

He’s been everywhere, here and there and yonder where, and they call him Ira Burton, “Tuck the Duck,” or something else, but you may call him….anything. Currently employed by the Kawnar, Alex & the Anders, and Ira Burton name, playing bass and guitar for Kawnar while Kawnar himself does the rapping and programming, Ira Burton makes gigs around town under a number of titles, times and places. “I’ve escaped the small town blues,” he quips, “though I’m far from a small town now.”
Playing multiple gigs in Tulsa and keeping tabs on the Saddle Club in Muskogee every Monday night and the Dragon's Lair in T-town, the curly-coiffed Burton is no stranger to the “around town” type. In June of 2008, the former Bill Murray's Prostate bass player withdrew from a seven and a half year run with the Muskogee-based punk band, while also juggling into the more-recently-joined project of Optimistic To A Fault, verging on the edges of Tool and Sevendust influence, and leading again as front singer for another two years.
Ever the chameleon, when Burton transferred into OU in the 2003-2004 school year, he shifted once again into fitting another creative project in the title of The Gems, with guitarists/songwriters including a roster of Cole Jett and Aaron Walter, and drummer Rob Brothers. Even with the stark regional difference, the venues down Cherry Street and around Green Country proved a success with packed out houses and giving their all and all, with a new cutting edge and “A sack full of improvisation”, Burton adds with a smile.
Ira Burton’s appreciation for history rests on the historic Cherry Street district of Tulsa, gracing the sidewalks with drummer Rob Brothers and Tuck/Ira himself with a guitar in hand, pushing the personal eccentric envelope and having a personal favorite taste in the Kilkenny’s Pub.
Confidence never too far, the music has given gumption and a constant understanding of human treatment, a morality and creative understanding, and of course, to not let it go to your head. “Cockiness has its place and that place is on stage when you are performing and becoming or portraying something that you are not but either strive to be or want people to think you are,” said Burton, which stands profound passing from punk to indie to alternative rock and back into the folk rock scene under his talent belt, and abiding by the philosophy, “If you aren't uncomfortable, then you aren't learning anything new; you're just spinning your tires.” Get more on Tuck the Duck by visiting him on the World Wide Web at www.myspace.com/iraburton. -Rae Raines, The Current

Lyrics

Pick Up the Sweettalk

Written By: Tucker Carter

There is beauty
In what is known as simple
And there is beauty
In what is known as wrong
And if you think about the truth
And about reality
Desicions come to be
Before long
There is sympathy
In a town known as a lifetime
And there is sympathy
For the demons all themselves
You try too hard
Its not an easy trait
But will you tell me, honey
Honey, do you do it for yourself?
Do it for yourself

Pick up the sweet talk, honey
So it goes
And pick up the sweet talk
Forgetting how to feel
You ask yourself
Is this shit real?
Or really below me?
And pick up the sweet talk
Who is the best at dying?
And who is the best at trying?
Oh now
Just pick up the sweet talk
There is no place for fun
And there is no time for telling
About the life you're selling out
Pick up the sweet talk, yeah

What you want
Is what you see
And what you see
Is what you get
And what you get
Is not really me
Its counterfeit
So make your mark
While there's time
Take a picture
Make a rhyme
Tomorrow's behind you
And analyzing blinds you

And pick up the sweet talk, honey
So it goes
Pick up the sweet talk
Forgetting how to feel
You ask yourself
Is this shit real?
Or really below me
And pick up the sweet talk
Who is the best at dying?
And who is the best at trying?
Oh now
Just pick up the sweet talk
There is no place for fun
And there is no time for telling
About the life you're selling out
Pick up the sweet talk, yeah

I want to see your face
Finish in last place
I want to see you need me
I want you to succeed
I want to see your face
Finish in first place
I want to see you need me
I want you to succeed

And pick up the sweet talk honey
So it goes
So pick up the sweet talk
Forgetting how to feel
You ask yourself
Is this shit real?
Or really below me
And pick up the sweet talk
Who is the best at dying?
And who is the best at trying?
Oh now
Just pick up the sweet talk
There is no place for fun
And there is no time for telling
About the life you're selling out
Pick up the sweet talk, yeah

Man's Gotta Work

Written By: Tucker Carter

Well I ain't got no kindred spirits
And I don't fit in with the Skynyrds
I just want some peace of mind
Allow me to get mine
And get on down the line

And I don't know no rock'n'rollers
I ain't got a whiskey drinker
Well I left it all behind
So I could free some time
And get on down the by and by

(Chorus)
So allow ourselves to toast
To those that have the most
The people down below
Have the worst seats to the show
But the best chairs in the house
They're quiet as a mouse
They have to steal the grease
To rub in on their knees
And work another day, work another day...

I am just a lonesome whistler
Barely affording my own kibble
But I know this much is true
We're doing what we do
Cause we don't have a clue

So I tell you this in leaving
It doesn't matter how you're feeling
My conscience bothers me
As much as I just wanna be free
This man's gotta work

(Chorus)

When you feel that its the end
You break but you don't bend
You find yourself disheveled
Borrowed til you begged em
Your fingers to the bone
Your broken back so long
Friend now don't you worry
Cause we ain't in no hurry
And this is all we know
This is all we know
This man's gotta work

Discography

Cathead Biscuits Single 2004
Wine Nose Sessions 2005
Carpet Beggar EP 2006
The Quality of Pancakes LP 2008
Torchered Soul TBA 2009

"Emancipation" - f/ Torchered Soul LP receives regular airplay on local radio station KMYZ 104.5 The Edge

"Cathead Biscuits" - f/ The Quality of Pancakes LP receives regular airplay on TulsaOriginalMusic.com streaming online radio.

"Man's Gotta Work" - f/ Torchered Soul LP receives regular airplay on TulsaOriginalMusic.com streaming online radio.

Set List

I have written over 50 songs and can do around 10 covers. I usually interchange the covers. Originals include all of the songs on my EPK plus numerous others. Covers include Allman Brothers, JJ Cale, Wyclef Jean, Hosty Duo, Foo Fighters, The Cars,