Todd Burge
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Todd Burge

Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States

Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States
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"Various Press for Todd Burge"

"Todd's a great songwriter, he's very
attuned to everyday life and very witty. It's great to know
him. When i heard him on 'Mountain Stage,' I said 'where have
you been?' He's done a good job and his portrayal of every day
is great. Tim O'Brien-Grammy Nominee, hit songwriter.

"The hardest thing for a singer/songwriter is to distinguish yourself to be original, because there are so many, I mean there are thousands of them out there and Todd has that quality. His music is unmistakable. You hear both his voice and the way he constructs songs, the way he rhymes things, what he writes about, all those things are unique. I don't know anybody else who does it like Todd does. There are some people who fall into traditions and you can say they sound pretty much like this person, but Todd doesn't sound like anybody and that's what I like the most about him, is the originality. From Bob Dylan to Randy Newman to Loudon Wainwright III, the very best singer/songwriters -no matter what their style of music - share a common trait: they all have a great, ironic sense of humor. TODD BURGE is West Virginia's contribution to this tradition. Around this state he's probably the 'dean' of all the singer/songwriters. The finest singer & songwriter that we have.”
Larry Groce, Host of PBS's Mountain Stage

"Possibly the best songwriter to ever come out of West Virginia"
Eric Leighton, The Athens News-Athens Ohio

" seem to be "at one" with your instruments, every cell engaged in what you are doing. Cool, just damn cool. We were really happy with the performance as were the people we talked to afterwards and have already discussed having you back. Molly Watson, Washington State Community College - Humanities Series

"A short list of WV's finest performing songwriters would have to include Parkersburg-based Todd Burge. His by-turns smart, serious and funny tunes and his confident stage presence are a master class in the art of the solo singer-songwriter craft." Doug Imbrogno-Charleston Gazette

I've heard the new sounds incredible...and I put it in our heavy rotation up here at U92!
Todd Burge has a knack of making you feel like he is singing right at you. When you listen to his music, you feel like he's right in the same room telling only you the story. Thanks to the super crisp production, you can hear Todd's pick scraping the strings and every breathe in his singing. Deft, Classy and instantly memorable. Let him into your heart and minds and you won't be sorry. Todd Encompasses the best of Townes, Dylan and Gram Parsons and should soon be in the pantheon of great singer/storytellers along with them.
Rob Werhle, Music Director U-92FM Morgantown, WV

"Todd Burge is a perennial favorite here at the cafe. The combination of his creative songcrafting, baritone singing and expertise on his guitar create a musical experience that should not be missed. In our book, this man is WV's numero uno singer/sonwriter".
Gary Tannenbaum-Owner, Rosewood Theatre & Cafe-Morgantown, WV

"The best way to hear Todd Burge's music is live! When he is playing solo he can make a listener sound like they are hearing two or three guitars." Marci Stanley, of Marci Stanley and the Ride Kings

"Burge's small-town tales and rustic folk have made in him, in many respects, the quintessential WV artist. On his latest effort, he's come up with perhaps the quintessential WV artist's song, "Up In The West Virginia Hills." Dan Le Roy, Graffiti (on Dream's Upstairs)

Todd Burge is one of the most consistently engaging and insightful singer-songwriters in the state, and "Dreams Upstairs" (2000) is a work of real depth and scope.
Michael Shannon Friedman Charleston Gazette

"These ten songs display the flawless lyrical observation and dead-honest attention to detail that we've come to expect from Burge…, after the first few listens of Dreams Upstairs, you'll want to hold these sounds forever." Fence (#5 Summer 2000) Roanoke VA

"Todd Burge gives it all he's got on an all original solo acoustic production. He's rough and goofy, but honest and stark." Dirty Linen (International Folk and World Music Magazine)

"Got the CDs over the week-end. I love them! the first verse of Cutiemade me laugh and cry at the same time." Robin Carnes-Calton, San Diego CA

"Wow, after hearing just the first few lines of "One Last Shot" I couldn't believe this guy's voice. It reminded me of a cross between Billy Bragg and Roger Miller, only with a jackhammer in his gullet. This may sound like an insult, but it's actually high praise to guy who delivers pure authenticity into his music and lyrics. If you've never heard Roger Miller, he had an uncanny knack for putting certain "expressions" in his songs (think "Chug-A-Lug"). Todd Burge falls into this same facetious groove with "My Grandparents' Back Lawn". Here's just a couple of lines:

'Well there used to be some chickens,
But they were all runn - Bunj Jam Music


Hip About Time (2006)
New Year (2003)
Dreams Upstairs (2000)


Feeling a bit camera shy



Todd belongs in
the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller
winking from beyond. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

got a great talent as a writer and unique view of the world; he's invented his
own art form. His songs just get better and better.”

Tim O’Brien  (Singer-Songwriter, Grammy winner)

by-turns smart, serious and funny tunes and his confident stage presence are a
master class in the art of the solo singer-songwriter craft."

Douglas Imbrogno - The Charleston

Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of
life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia's most
prolific singer/songwriters. Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock
to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse
as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame,  The Kennedy Center, and of course, literally
hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club
Passim and Music City Roots.  He is a
repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV
songwriters, the best we have”, by its host, Larry Groce. In 2014, Burge wrote
13 songs for a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William
Shakespeare. The show received great reviews as it was performed at Muskingum
Park in Marietta Ohio, produced by Marietta College/The Colony Theatre and
directed by Geoff Coward.   Burge, who may be best known for his method of
writing songs from the perspective of odd characters, bugs and animals (listen
to Building Characters produced by Don Dixon) has recently released an album of
very personal songs entitled Imitation Life. The recording was produced by long
term collaborator, Tim O’Brien. O’Brien is an inductee of the WV Music Hall of
Fame and Grammy winner. The album includes a song called Change (For Clean
Water) which features Kathy Mattea on backing vocals.  Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg WV with his
wife Lisa and their children, Will and Sophia.

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