Jon Burleson

Jon Burleson

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Jon Burleson is singer/songwriter based in St. Paul, Texas. His music is a mix of new folk, gospel, acoustic rock with a bit of country mixed in. He often teams up with his wife Diana Jo for a mix of tight harmonies and life touching songs.

Biography

Texan's are know to be straight shooters, so here's the straight shootin' truth:

I was born in Dallas Texas February 3, 1959. I am the son of baptist missionaries to Japan. I lived there from ages six to eleven. Much of my life and music has been deeply influenced by those years. At age thirteen I picked up a guitar for the first time and played it until my fingers bled. I met my wife Diana Jo Korioth in 1979 while playing in a band together. Diana Jo is also a fine singer/songwriter. In 2004 and 2006, I was one of ten finalist at the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival singer/songwriter competition. In 2006 we released our first CD called "New Moon Rising". I have spent most of my life since then in the Dallas area. Making a living; making kids; making music; making life.

My music has been influenced by gospel, folk and rock-n-roll with a little bit of country mixed in.

Here's my exact musical influences in order of appearance:
- Tom Burleson (my dad)
- Johnny Cash
- Bob Dylan
- Peter, Paul and Mary
- The Mamas and the Papas,
- The Beatles (like everyone else),
- The Monkeys - still like those Monkeys, I wanted to be Davy
- Glen Campbell
- My brother-in-law Alan Sanders who taught me how to play the guitar.
- A Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young "Deja-Vu" 8 track that I wore out.
- Neil Young
- B.W. Stevenson
- A CCR album that I stole from my sister.
- Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" clear red 45.
- Jim Croce
- James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" and everything after that ...
- Lynard Skynard - this is about a rebellious as i got.
- Kansas
- Bob Bennett's "First Things First" and everything after that...
- Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer - Dave was an amazing songwriter.

Pretentious third person biography with big words coming soon ...

JC Burleson

Lyrics

New Moon

Written By: Jon Burleson

New moon is rising on the far timberline
Shakes my soul to the marrow
Lonesome bird is singing dark in the night
Telling, me "follow your dreams"
New song is blowing thru the spires of the pines
Whistles thru the mountain narrows
A song of hope burning fire in my mind
Telling me "follow your dreams"

Shine like a memory
Shine like the love she left for me
New moon yellow and rising
I need some place to lay my head
Leaves for the soul to make my bed
on the banks of a new moon rising
on the banks of a new moon rising

I am a wanderer through this life on this land
should i lead or should i follow?
I must find my way, plant my feet, make my stand
and choose the path of my dreams

but I must to travel on before the end of time
blaze the hidden trail before me
cast your shadows down beyond the distant line
light the fields with your beams

Shine like a memory
Shine like the love she left for me
New moon yellow and rising
I need some place to lay my head
Leaves for the soul to make my bed
on the banks of a new moon rising
on the banks of a new moon rising

New moon is rising on the far timberline
Shakes my soul to the marrow
Lonesome bird is singing dark in the night
Telling, me "follow your dreams"

Kevin's Song

Written By: Jon Burleson

We were twelve years old with the wind in our face
running round the field on practice day
somewhere between boys and men
making our legs run as fast as they can
from the back of the pack came a voice soft but clear
I started to slow down I wanted to hear
and I'll never forget the words that he said
even now I can hear them ring in my head

Just for one day just for this time
I know you can win this race so effortlessly
but my dad is here and he's smiling at me
so just for one day just for this time
please let him see a winner in me

the words he said well they took me off guard
you see winning for me was not very hard
but the more that I tried to leave him behind
the more I could hear thos words in my mind

Just for one day just for this time
I know you can win this race so effortlessly
but my dad is here and he's smiling at me
so just for one day just for this time
please let him see a winner in me

The years have passed many races I've run
some of them lost and some of them won
but there's one race that I'll always see
was that by letting him win would be winning for me

'cause sometimes to win we must loose
sometimes to give we must choose
so Kevin wherever you are
I hope that for one day you were a star

Just for one day just for this time
I know you can win this race so effortlessly
but my dad is here and he's smiling at me
so just for one day just for this time
please let him see a winner in me

Discography

New Moon Rising - 2006

Set List

Typical Set List

45 to 60 minute sets

Originals:
1) New Moon
2) Here I go Again
3) Eagle Sky
4) I Believe
5) Small Town Girl
6) Last Hail Mary
7) Kevin's Song
8) Dancing the Dance
9) Highway 84
10) My Home Town
11) Blue Jean Love
12) New Day
13) Middle of the Night
14) America's Son

Cover Songs:
1) Annie's Lover - Dave Carter
2) Tillman County - Dave Carter
3) Sweet Kate - Dave Carter
4) The Mountain - Dave Carter
5) Tanglewood Tree - Dave Carter
6) Carolina in My Mind - James Taylor
7) Copper Line - James Taylor