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Always Be This Way

by Dewey Burns

Dewey Burns, an accomplished picker and clever songwriter died too soon, so the Blues and Folk community came together and recorded half of these songs.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Always Be This Way
Dewey Burns
3:43 album only
2. Stuck in Carolina
Bob Halperin
5:02 album only
3. The Other Way Around
Dewey Burns
2:53 album only
4. Leaving Breeze
Hunter Moore
3:36 album only
5. I'm So Afraid For Julia
Geoff Bartley
3:18 album only
6. Bonnie's Breakdown
Dewey Burns
2:08 album only
7. Just How Long
Kate McDonnell
3:24 album only
8. Keep It Simple
Dewey Burns
4:51 album only
9. Toe to Toe
Steve Hurl
3:40 album only
10. Hurts Me Too
Dewey Burns
3:09 album only
11. Lie to Me
Les Sampou
2:38 album only
12. Chances With Wolves
Dewey Burns
3:05 album only
13. Check in With Your Broker
Dewey Burns
2:03 album only
14. Wicked Ways
Bob Halperin
2:29 album only
15. In the Personals
Patrick McGinley
4:02 album only
16. Almost Not Real
Dewey Burns
3:12 album only
17. Pieces of Me
Jon Svetkey & The Loomers
4:08 album only


Album Notes
Dewey Burns was BORN a Blues man. I met him toward the end of his life, when he was suffering from a progressive lung disease. He owned the stage when he was on it, he knew how to make everyone feel like they were listening in their own living room. He would make instant fans with his personality and lasting fans with his phenomenal finger picking style and screaming slide guitar. His lyrics range from the redemption of new love in "Always Be This Way" to poking fun at modern life with "Check In With Your Broker"; or having fun with your stalker in "Toe to Toe" to the heart splitting revelation of lost love in "Just How Long". This is an especially lovely version of "Just How Long" done by the Folk Goddess, Kate McDonnell. Kate has won many awards and plays and sings beautifully. A lot of Dewey's own story is found in "Stuck In Carolina" and also in "Wicked Ways" Both of these are sung and played here by Bob Halperin, an extraordinary Blues Guitarist; if you are not familiar with Bob's work, have a listen. One of my favorite tracks is "Pieces Of Me", Dewey wrote it after a news story in North Carolina about a bad divorce, Jon /Svetkey and The Loomers made this awesome rocked out version with the wild Everett B. Pendleton on guitar. Check it out.
If you have ever dated online or written a personal ad, or even if you haven't, you'll enjoy "In The Personals" and sung by that dreamy baritone voice of Patrick McGinley!
Dewey's voice was described in Dirty Linen magazine as sounding like razor blades soaked in whiskey, a voice I was fond of, but you might enjoy Patrick's more!
Dewey was a bit of a perfectionist, so I am sure he would be disappointed at some of the imperfections in production, we didn't have him to do take two!! He died at 48 years old, during the most prolific part of his songwriting career. This CD is a compilation of many recordings Dewey left behind, and many recordings of Dewey's music by the friends he cherished. I hope you enjoy it!



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Kevin O'Reilly

always be this way
I was a lucky one I've known MIKE dewey since 1965 ...He and his first wife came to my house all the time...He taught me to play guitar...His beatiful martin was named meahgan which as a 7 year old i thought was pretty cool!!! So i named my guitar maura after a girl who was 10 who iwas in love with... I have a copy of this cd...I inherited it from my dad who aquired it from MIKES wife...When he used to play Bonnies Breakdown way back in the 60's... Everyone told him to record the song...It would have been big...MIKE said the man who taught him the song made him promise he'd never record it....I for one am sure glad he did....IT wasn't a typo in my first line saying I've known MIKE since 1965.. Yes I know he's been gone awhile,, but when your in someones heart and head your still there ....

DW Ditty

Dewey Burns - The Honky Tonk Curmudgeon
Where to start? I did not know Dewey, other than to chat a bit at one of the dozen or so shows I attended in and around New Haven, CT. I was saddened when I learned of his death some years later by running across this CD. It is perfect! Not only is Dewey's music wonderfully performed by him and his friends, but all the love that this man generated is reflected in the performances of those who knew him. I love to perform these songs to feel the "hush" that sits there at the end...listeners stunned by the beauty of the songwriting...an amazing talent. Buy this CD and you will see what I mean.