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World So Blue

by Greg Boerner

Voted Top 25 CD'S Of 2006 by ROOTSTIME Magazine, Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Greg Boerner's 3rd release centers on his most personal songwriting yet.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"World So Blue", the third self-produced album from singer/songwriter Greg Boerner, is a true triumph in the portrayal of raw, vulnerable emotion. Steeped in the Blues and Folk of Boerner’s Southern upbringing, "World So Blue" gives listeners a window into the world of a man who vacillates between heartache, love, longing and hope. Boerner’s sultry, haunting voice makes each lyric palpable; his melodies resonate. If the litmus test of true talent in a songwriter is the ability to invite the listener to relate any song to his/her own life and experiences, then Boerner is among the elite. His penchant for honest, exposed, often seductive lyrics coupled with brilliant guitar playing and beautiful melodies earns him the mark of a truly talented story teller. Highlights like "This Love" and "Don’t Wake Me From This Dream" are drenched in conflict, longing and the human struggle with the ferocity of love, while songs like "Adele" and "Watchin' The Girls Go By" explore the playful, flirtatious, more humorous side of Boerner’s multi-faceted persona. "World So Blue" is a remarkable addition to the already rich catalog of a humble artist from Augusta, Georgia who is well on his way to leaving his indelible mark on the face of music.

-Christina Plotzke, serious music fan and writer/critic for Prefix Magazine and Groupeez Magazine.


"All the elements are present: high quality vocals, good use of musical and lyrical hooks, tasty sonic touches and a tight rhythm. What moves the style forward and showcases Greg's innovation is the arrangement that allows so much diversity to exist in a format that has been bent, broken and rebuilt so often."

-TAXI A&R staff/critic


"The rather unpolished intro from the new album of guitarist/singer/songwriter Greg Boerner (pronounced "Burner") did not promise a lot of good...but the man from Augusta, Georgia, now residing in the Chicago area, puts things immediately in order with the title song “World So Blue”. Boerner has released his third album and was until today completely unknown to me. Greg was good enough to provide me with his previously published material, namely: “Nowhere” (1998) and “Wishing Well” (2001) and to my shame, have to admit that again I have “missed” something. An excellent finger picking guitarist and an excellent singer/songwriter who openly admits that his “penchant for laziness seems to override my gift for songwriting”. His lack of financial means and the breaking up of his marriage (after 13 years) are the main factors why we had to wait this long for a new album. Not so pleasant experiences, but they don’t stop him from creating a pearl of a new album. "World So Blue” is the final love letter to his wife Stephanie and it echoes the pain of the break up of something that started out as a fairy tale. This lovely acoustic number with the other bluesy/soul pearl “This Love" deserve to become Radio 1 hits. (This is one of the better radio stations on the Flemish radio). These are "goosebumps" songs that show that Greg has a hard time getting over the divorce. The writing of “Gold/They Can't Tell Me”, a song about a man going a little crazy, is the result of his pain. “Watchin' The Girls Go By” can maybe make sure that with “Adele” (son Jake on the cornet), Josephine or Anna Lee the new Virgin Queen will make her entry into the house of Boerner. And it is no little thing that the country/blues/gospel in “Heaven Bound” refers to “Ray Charles on the stereo or sweet tea on my mother’s porch.” These are songs that illustrate Boerner's inspiration from artists like Tom Waits, Willie Dixon, J.J. Cale, Willis Alan Ramsey, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. Moreover, he has shared the stage with Bill Morrissey, Chris Smither, Robbie Fulks, Leon Russell, Wayne Toups and Tinsley Ellis--artists that without hesitation would put the slide jewel “Melody" or the storytelling songs “Marywood” and “Don’t Wake Me From the Dream” on their playlists. In this his 38th year, with his third album under his arm, this Greg Boerner, in my opinion, is ready to make his big break … “I want to make music that is sincere, means something to me and hopefully means something to others.” He has passed with flying colors!"

4 1/2 stars out of 5

-Francois(Swa)Braeken, reporter for Euro Americana chart and CD reviewer for the E-magazine "ROOTSTIME".

"I had the opportunity last month to talk with Greg Boerner (pronounced Burner), a Georgia native who moved to Illinois a few years ago. Boerner just self-released his third CD, "World So Blue", and since quite a lot of the album was inspired by his recent divorce, our features editor thought that would be a neat story. Especially since I got to talk to his ex-wife, too, and get her thoughts.

But even if you’re not enthralled by real-life tales of lost love, Boerner’s music is worth checking out, especially if you’re into folk and blues traditions. His songs are uncomplicated in the best way, especially a romp like “Heaven Bound", and his acoustic guitar playing is deft and skillful. His best quality is his deep, soulful voice, but here he’s surrounded it with his most complete production. Boerner still plays most of the instruments himself, as he did on his comparatively stark earlier records, but World So Blue adds percussion, electric guitars and a host of other colors. You’d never know it’s a DIY effort, so clear and well-balanced is the sound, but the elaborate measures don’t detract from the core – acoustic-based songs, played and sung well.

Boerner stretches out here, too, incorporating a Tom Waits influence on “Don’t Wake Me From This Dream,” perhaps his finest song. It fits in well with the more melancholy tone of this record, which, considering its subject matter, is not surprising. The title song is a mid-tempo lament, a plea for a second chance, on which Boerner provides subtle mouth percussion, and “This Love", another minor-key favorite, takes an old blues trope and makes it new – “One thing’s for certain, there’s two things I know, this love will kill me, and I can’t let it go…”

Both Boerner’s lyrics and music are simple and accessible-sometimes too simple for my taste – and fans of singer-songwriters like John Hiatt and Steve Earle(in acoustic mode)should find much to like here. The two things I admire most about World So Blue are the sense of diversity – there’s gospel, Louisiana shuffle, country-folk and pop mixed in with Boerner’s traditional blues and roots music – and the sonic texture. The whole thing is sequenced well, and lest you think it’s all lovelorn moping, it concludes with two breezy, upbeat numbers that leave you wanting more.

"World So Blue" is an interesting homemade document, and Boerner is obviously a talented guy with quite a good voice. Nothing here is going to change the world, but Boerner’s not trying to be innovative, just enjoyable. If you like straightforward songs about love and life, drawn from a perspective of deep respect for classic American music of all stripes, then this is for you. I’d also recommend "Wishing Well", Boerner’s second record, which is more blues-based, and sounds more like his live show."

-Andre Salles, obsessive and financially idiotic music fan; writer/reviewer/columnist for www.tm3am.com


"With Boerner’s 3rd album, the songwriting, guitar skills and ability to get around in the studio have all matured. The overdubs are many but nothing’s ever busy. In places, it simply sounds as if he’s got a hot band in the room. “Adele”, for example, drops slices of slide and “underwater” guitar over the tune’s finger-picked, swampy bottom. However, he’s also included percussion and his son Jake on cornet. From the jumped-up gospel of “Heaven Bound” to the smokey sensuality of “This Love”, Boerner’s ability to simultaneously fill out and leave space is impressive.

There are fewer blatant suggestions of the blues and R&B he grew up on, in their place is an implicit sense that things aren’t any longer as uncomplicated as sweet tea and Ray Charles records. The track, “Gold”, with its comments on “burned out wood where love once stood”, makes this clear before segueing into the surreal “They Can’t Tell Me”. In fact, “Gold/They Can’t Tell Me” might be Boerner’s best songwriting yet; the fact that he’s chosen to connect commentary on love lost with what might otherwise come off as a goof gives the entire piece added gravity. Because of this, it’s almost easy to forget the guitar chops, which have become subtler. The electric line that snakes through “Marywood” simply begs, while its counterpart in “Melody” serves as harmony for some tasteful slide playing.

If there’s a complaint, it’s certainly not in the confidence department but perhaps the territory Boerner continues to draw from. While the snatches of Travis picking and Excello records-esque bayou pop are mighty fine things, some of this leans a bit too close to the middle of the road. But as soon as that comment’s made, one has to realize it’s not Boerner’s job to be one more tortured singer-songwriter a la Nick Drake or Elliot Smith, nor does he necessarily need to trade in the southern roots in exchange for Devandra Banhardt’s more childlike proclivities. And since he’s not just a guitar picker, chances of him pulling a Jack Rose anytime soon are out.

The music on World So Blue is honest and shows an artist growing at his own pace, seemingly outside of the boundaries of pop culture. And in a country where we’re often overloaded with information, this is an achievement in and of itself."

- Bruce Miller...writer, teacher, banjo player, self-professed music junkie and gardener. His writing has appeared in Magnet, Oxford American, Bluegrass Unlimited, Global Rhythm and National Geographic Online.


"In a world where everyone else is just strumming cowboy chords, Greg Boerner has a distinctive voice and style that is instantly recognizable. He bears the influences of Ray Charles, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan only in the structures and stylistic complexities of his writing. The product is a sound completely his own.

This is gut-bucket with a friendly smile.

He invites you in and opens a conversation about his life and your own.

Greg evokes the familiarity of friends meeting after years apart, laughing at old memories and sharing new losses and joys.

A Native Georgian, Boerner weaves a Southern spell that tastes of grits and cornbread and smells of pine and wisteria.

He's not just a show, he's an experience."

- Dr. Ralph Buchanan..."Celebrity Anesthesiologist to the Stars"

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, but spending the last 20 years in the Midwest, Greg Boerner now lives in Nashville, TN with his amazing, brilliant and lovely wife, Annie. In addition to his five cds, his music can be heard on several album compilations, a few (very) independent films and as a sideman on various recording projects. He can be seen performing at clubs, coffee houses, cafes, listening rooms, house concerts and festivals and has opened shows for Leon Russell, Patty Larkin, Old 97's, Robbie Fulks, Tinsley Ellis, Shemekia Copeland, Claudia Schmidt, Willy Porter, Bill Morrissey, Chris Smither, Pierce Pettis, Jack Williams, Maria Muldaur, Gove Scrivenor and Wayne Toups.


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Andre Salles, writer, music columnist/reviewer

"World So Blue" is an interesting homemade document...
Boerner’s music is worth checking out, especially if you’re into folk and blues traditions. His songs are uncomplicated in the best way, his acoustic guitar playing is deft and skillful. His best quality is his deep, soulful voice, but here he’s surrounded it with his most complete production. "World So Blue" adds percussion, electric guitars and a host of other colors. You’d never know it’s a DIY effort, so clear and well-balanced is the sound, but the elaborate measures don’t detract from the core – acoustic-based songs, played and sung well. The two things I admire most about "World So Blue" are the sense of diversity–there’s gospel, Louisiana shuffle, country-folk and pop mixed in with Boerner’s traditional blues and roots music – and the sonic texture. "World So Blue" is an interesting homemade document, and Boerner is obviously a talented guy with quite a good voice. If you like straightforward songs about love and life, drawn from a perspective of deep respect for classic American music of all stripes, then this is for you. I’d also recommend "Wishing Well", Boerner’s second record, which is more blues-based, and sounds more like his live show.
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Mary, #1 OH fan

"Burner's" music always puts me in a great mood!
It is one of those CD's that you can't wait to hear on your car stereo at full volume driving down a country road with the top down on a sunny day. Unfortunately, I live in Ohio, don't own a convertible, but I do have the CD. Thanks Greg!
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Kevin Toelle, writer for Illinois Entertainer

Boerner's folk, blues, and country roots permeate the disc's program
Singer/songwriter GREG BOERNER wrote, arranged, and produced WORLD SO BLUE, his third self-released CD. He also plays most of the instruments on the recording which is an atmospheric look at life; including the love, laughter, sadness, and challenges that always seem to hitch a ride on every soul's earthly experience. Boerner's folk, blues, and country roots permeate the disc's program and his vocals bring the music home with heartfelt soul and feeling. This troubadour would have been right at home during Chicago's folk and acoustic blues heyday in the '60s and '70s when artists like Steve Goodman, John Prine, Bonnie Koloc and many others were in their prime.
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Mark Lindrin


This cd has everything, and in great form and passion. If you're a music afficianado, you'll love this cd. A can't go wrong purchase.
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Francois(swa)Braeken, E-magazine ROOTSTIME

"A pearl of an album"
An excellent finger picking guitarist and an excellent singer/songwriter, Boerner was until today completely unknown to me..and to my shame, have to admit that again I have “missed” something. In this his 38th year, and with his third album under his arm, this Greg Boerner, in my opinion, is ready to make his big break.
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Nancy :)


I love all three CDs...but "World So Blue" is my favorite. I've had the opportunity to meet Greg...he is just like his music. Compassionate and sincere!! Great work, Greg...I can't wait for #4!
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Noah Gabriel

Good, honest, heartfelt music
Greg Boerner's really coming into his own on this album. The songwriting is stronger and more honest than ever. Combining poetic and at times quirky lyrics, killer grooves and infectious melodies, he has created an album that you not only hear but truly feel. A must have for any one who likes real music
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Catherine Richardson

My favorite of Greg\'s 3 CD\'s!!
I keep a copy of this album in my CD player, computer while I work and in the car for traveling...it always puts me in a great mood and the laid back, rockabilly beat keeps my fingers snappin' and my feet stompin'!
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Neil Stechschulte

"World So Blue" Worth the Wait
After several years of hearing Greg play several of these tunes live, it is great to have a version to play at my own leisure. Even though I love to hear him live, I totally appreciated his experimentation with different studio effects and background instruments. For some veterans used to hearing him live or on his previous two albums, it might take some getting used to. The great thing is that this album stands on its own, and these songs on it are great companions to his live versions. Regardless if your a long time fan or just someone looking for some good guitar music to help you through your day, you can't go wrong this album (or his earlier two albums for that matter). Congratulations to Greg for breaking some new ground with this album. "Live from Tyranena" next?
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