Taylor Burton

Taylor Burton

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

I write sincere, hooky pop songs about women, bad haircuts, childhood daydreams, and Charlie Brown. I try to write songs that I can play in front of my grandmother without being scolded.

Biography

Well, I grew up in Augusta, GA, but have fallen in love with Charlotte, NC, where I went to college. I'm influenced by life experiences, by my life in a wheelchair, by storytellers like Bob Dylan and John Cale. I'm still on this alt. country kick, but in my 2 years of recording and performing and my many years of playing and writing, I've not been able to compare myself to another artist. I've been affected by Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Ryan Adams, The Beatles, The Pixies, Red House Painters, and Elton John. I suppose what sets me apart is my ability to draw people in. I obviously can't move around the stage while I've got a guitar in my hands, but my intensity draws in a crowd, and when I'm playing for 20 people, I make it feel like I'm playing for 200. When I'm playing for 200, I make it feel like just 20.

Lyrics

The Letter

Written By: Taylor Burton

Vaguely I remember
The night I wrote you a letter
Hoping you were doing alright
"I wish we were back together"

The letter was written
By loneliness and booze
The ink it tastes like a beer
The pen was a bottle with a mind
of it's own
I was nothing without you here

Maybe I was drunk
It had been a long night
But I couldn't get you
Out of my mind

You told me "Love, it comes and it goes"
And this love has flown far away
So I took to the bottle until I got numb
And I wrote down what I had to say

The letter was written
By loneliness and booze
The ink it tastes like a beer
The pen was a bottle with a mind
of it's own
I was nothing without you here

Maybe I was drunk
It had been a long night
But I couldn't get you
Out of my mind

Childish Little Dreams

Written By: Taylor Burton

I want to fly up to the moon
In the safety of a cardboard box
There's a monster in my room
Eating up all of my dirty socks

I like to wear my mom's mink coat
I like the way it feels against my face
I wish my bathtub were a boat
Then I might win some prestigious race

Like this forever I will dream
I will remain here just a boy
All my childish little dreams
Are what bring me so much joy

Dad built a treehouse in the sky
I think I'll live up there until I die
At night I lay there on my back
Wonderin' what the astronauts are lookin' at

I dreamed I found a hundred bucks
Bought myself a fancy car to drive
I think it might be really cool
If my dog knew how to scuba dive

Like this forever I will dream
I will remain here just a boy
All my childish little dreams
Are what bring me so much joy

Discography

I released "Old North State" in 2004. Most of the 11 tracks on the album have received radio airplay in Charlotte. At www.myspace.com/taylorburtonmusic , the tracks "The Letter", "Last Night's Dream", "I Need a Cover", and "The Rain Song" are in streaming audio.

Set List

My typical set list will run through my originals, then play how many covers it takes to fill in my allotted time. I usually go with "The Letter", "Last Night's Dream", "The Ballad of Charlie Brown and the Little Redhead", "Fools Rush In", "Satisfied", "Childish Little Dreams", "You've Had Your Time", "All Because of Me", "I Need a Cover", "Song for an Older Blue-Eyed Woman", "You Want You to Be Mine", "The Combover Song", "Things I Said", and "The Rain Song". I then delve into my favorite covers like "Got a Thing about Seeing My Grandson Grow Old"- Cat Stevens, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"- The Darkness, "Love", "Mother", "Working Class Hero"- John Lennon, "We're Just Friends", "Poor Places"- Wilco, "Blood of the Lamb"- Billy Bragg and Wilco, "Moonshiner"- traditional, "People are Strange"- The Doors, "Have you Forgotten"- Red House Painters, "King of Carrot Flowers, part I"-Neutral Milk Hotel, "One More Suicide"-Marcy Playground, "Still Be Around"- Uncle Tupelo, "Anna (Go to H