Aaron Burdett Releases “Breathing Underwater”
“Burdett’s accessible and utterly authentic vocal style is the perfect match for his insightful, ruminative lyrics, which totally sells the truth of his tales, making for a truly satisfying listening experience.” —Bold Life
“laid-back set of acoustic driven folk” —Mountain Xpress
“Burdett’s music ranges from handmade hooks to newgrass to Starbucks soundtracks” —Greenville Metromix
Based in the Asheville, NC area, storyteller and musician Aaron Burdett is set to release his 4th album, Breathing Underwater on September 11th, 2012. Building on the traditions of the finest performing songwriters such as John Hiatt, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and John Prine; Aaron’s music blends folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues with pop sensibilities. His honest songwriting pours in between hammer-on chord changes and rolling crosspicking rhythms, all the while keeping at the forefront his own unique sound and authentic voice.
After successfully raising $9000 through Kickstarter, Burdett and his band (Will Jernigan on bass and Billy Seawell on drums), took to Hollow Reed Studios to record with producer Chris Rosser. Breathing Underwater is the first album where vocalist Burdett performs on his electric guitar as well as acoustic. Guest musicians include Casey Driessen on fiddle, Andy Pond on banjo and cajon, Brian Swenk on banjo, and Chris Rosser on keys.
Optimistically themed, Breathing Underwater reflects Aaron’s life experience and the changing perceptions and priorities that come with the passage of time, working towards goals, and finding the peace of mind to allow life to unfold naturally. It features 11 tracks, all penned by Burdett, including the slow, bluesy electric title track. It’s a tonally diverse album, from the upbeat and newgrassy “Copper on the Corner” and “Sneaking up” to the more relaxed pace of “The Simplest Things”, a piece about stepping back from day to day distractions and concerns to remember the more important things we are blessed with. There is a musical release in “3 or 4 minutes”, a song about being taken away on a journey by an artist, and then realizing that it’s only a 3 or 4 minute song even though you feel like you’ve been gone and zoned into the music forever.
Burdett has recorded three previous albums: 2005’s The Weight of Words, 2008’s Resolve, and 2010’s Stand Up Eight. The latter two hit in the top 25 top regional releases on WNCW. “There’s a comfortable feeling to Stand Up Eight, somewhat reminiscent to the music of John Hiatt and Bruce Hornsby,” writes Blue Ridge Outdoors. Over the years Aaron has been a finalist in several songwriting competitions including The Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest, The NC Songwriter’s Cooperative Songwriting Contest, and the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest (from the old Flat Rock Music Festival).
From Ireland and the UK to the Southeastern United States, Aaron‘s abilities have been noticed and showcased on some of the premier singer-songwriter stages during his career. Burdett has collaborated on his past albums with members of Big Daddy Love, Acoustic Syndicate, Free Planet Radio, and Snake Oil Medicine Show. He also had the pleasure of opening for the Avett Brothers several years back at his bass player’s wedding!
Whether solo or with his band, Aaron’s talent for the craft of songwriting and knack for connecting with a live audience has won him praise time and time again.
Aaron Burdett on Tour:
Aaron Burdett Band Live on Studio B, WNCW 88.7
4pm Friday, September 14. 2012
Aaron Burdett Band’s AVL CD Release Show @ The One Stop in Asheville, NC
With special guest Andy Pond joining the band
Saturday, September 15, 2012 10pm
Aaron Burdett Solo @ Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain, NC
Saturday, September 22, 2012 3pm
Aaron Burdett Band @ The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC
Hometown CD Release Show!!
Saturday, September 29, 2012 8pm
Aaron Burdett Band @ Jack of Hearts in Weaverville, NC
Friday, October 10, 2012 9pm
Aaron Burdett Band @ The Garage in Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, October 13, 2012 9:30pm
More dates tbd…
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