Todd Burge | Your Reflection Will Kill You

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Your Reflection Will Kill You

by Todd Burge

One steel string guitar, one nylon and one upright bass, with a brief ukulele & harmonica appearance. Burge paints a 100 images in 37 minutes as he joins Ryan Kennedy and John Inghram. It was masterfully captured here by Don Dixon (REM, Joan Baez).
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back to the Races (Burlap)
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2. Your Reflection Will Kill You
2:16 $0.99
3. That Sorry Guy from West Virginia
3:08 $0.99
4. Don’t Water My Whiskey Down
4:50 $0.99
5. Comic Book Sleeve
3:44 $0.99
6. Down at the Mill
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7. Droppin’ Meat
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8. I’ll Never Make It out of Here Alive
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9. Born Again
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10. Lotus Flower (Lakshmi
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Album Notes
The new album, Your Reflection Will Kill You is an all acoustic album that lyrically looks back on some facts and fiction that have brought me to where I am today. It is live, except for two vocal overdubs. To me, this is a concept recording. A “37-minute-long song” and I’d love for it to be listened to in that way. For years, I’ve admired the superb musicality of Ryan Kennedy and John Inghram, who are both well-known electric players from WV, but on occasion I would hear them playing acoustic, and it got me to dreaming about what we three might sound like together. Don Dixon came to my home studio with his mobile gear and captured it perfectly. He makes it all comfortable and real. Every musical action I have made or taken in over the last three decades was poured into this latest recording and now, I hand it over to you. Thank you again for supporting what I love to do.
Todd 9/20/18 

“WV’s Premier Songwriter”
Larry Groce, Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

“Like a Randy Newman with a guitar, he's also been described as a Warren Zevon who can evoke bizarre characters and situations….hearing Burge live takes the cake. The only other live Mountain Stage albums by a single artist are by Jesse Winchester and Laura Nyro, so Burge is in good company. “
Amos Perrine – No Depression

"He's 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)

Mountain Stage Radio Host, Larry Groce has introduced Burge many times as "West Virginia's premier singer-songwriter" — praise Burge does not take lightly. Drawing on his peculiar wit, nimble guitar playing and the occasional inclusion of ukulele, whistling and falsetto vocals, Burge's music conjures everyone from Roger Miller to Richard Thompson, often in the same verse of a single song.

A native of West Virginia's Wood County region, Burge spent the '80s and '90s earning his place as one of the most important and enduring figures in the state's music scene, fronting everything from the alt-rock band 63 Eyes to the outlaw-country cover project Triple Shot. Since the early 2000s, Burge has concentrated on his singular brand of folk-pop storytelling.

In November of this year, Burge will release two original albums that were recorded thirty-two years apart. Todd Burge (1986 The First Album) was recorded while Burge was still attending West Virginia University back in the mid-80s. The album got tangled up in some record industry politics and as a result, never hit the music store bins. The new album, recorded by Don Dixon (Mary Chapin-Carpenter, REM) will be entitled Your Reflection Will Kill You (#ReflectionBurgeAlbum) and lyrically looks back on some facts and fiction that have brought Burge to where he is today. (Nobody is really sure where that is, including me. TB)

Todd has been invited back to Morgantown WV this fall to teach the very first songwriting course that West Virginia University has ever offered. At the end of the semester, WVU will release an album of songs created by the students.

Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg, WV with his wife Lisa, kids Sophia and Will and their dog, Levon. (We don’t get cute and pretend the dog has human traits, we love him, but we own him. TB)

Most recent recordings

2018 - Your Reflection Will Kill You
2018 - 1986 The First Album
2018 – Adam of Eve b/w Bald Eagle (Single)
2016 – Live on Mountain Stage (2006-2015)
2015 – Imitation Life (Produced by Tim O’Brien



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