Building Characters (w/ Tim O'Brien, produced by Don Dixon)

by Todd Burge



The CD by Todd Burge 2012
Featuring Tim O’Brien, Don Dixon & Kenny Malone
Produced by Don Dixon

"On his new recording, Todd Burge inhabits his invented characters. The scat singing and lyrical humor lighten the mood of some heavy subjects, letting his insights sneak up on you. He just keeps getting better and better."
Tim O’Brien (Singer-Songwriter, Grammy winner)

"Defying gravity and age, Todd just gets better. This collection includes songs that no one else could have conceived, much less written. Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Dixon, O'Brien and Malone put up the perfect front to make it all seem so normal.
Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

"Man I have really been digging your Building Characters CD. Sometimes I literally laugh out loud at the some of the lines and stories. Great stuff Todd. The Jesus Night Light song cracks me up, but the whole CD is really original. My thanks and compliments to you."
Jason Ringenberg/Jason & The Scorchers/Farmer Jason

“With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks. Subjects too quirky, too controversial, too obtuse for most writers to get a handle on. His compelling vocal style and
unique perspective keep me interested long after the last note rings out.”
Don Dixon – Producer, Performer, Songwriter (click on "store")

“I feel that I’ve built one character out of many here. He/She is following life’s path and along the way, is blocked by insecurity, predictions of the world’s impending doom, religious fanaticism, fatalistic egoism and less. In this recording you’ll hear about a woman who buries her husband of 35 years in her own flower garden, then waters him daily, telling him to “Grow Up”. There a tune about how Joseph must have felt when Mary said she was with child, without his assistance. A man buys enough Jesus night lights to plug into every receptacle in his house and is blinded by that light. Springtime comes and a hungry squirrel goes crazy and loses his religion while looking for his nuts. A cocky fly is shown some mercy and his raw attitude brings on some bad Karma. I certainly hope you have trouble relating to these twisted stories, but enjoy them all the same. We certainly enjoyed recording them for you.”
Todd Burge

1) Blue Monday
Love that you hate but just can’t shake

2) Grow Up
Now he’s in my garden, pushing up my daisy

3) Joseph's Prayer to His Baby Son
Joseph’s reaction when Mary said, “I am with child, but without your help”.

4) The Never Ending End
A Letter to Harold Camping (who predicted the world would end May 21 2011)from a Believer

5) A Bit Too Late
Harold Camping's Letter To The Non-Believers

6) Jesus Night Light
A blinding force, all those night lights

7) First Day of Spring
No sane man would drive to congregate in this frozen screwed up mess

8) Looking For My Nuts
I was sleeping all winter long., I’m so hungry.

9) Listening To A Woody Guthrie Tune
His music makes me almost sane

10) The Most Beautiful Light
Don’t kill me, I’ll be dead in two days!

11) Out There and At It
It’s good to see you’re still out there and at it

Todd Burge


released October 16, 2012

Todd Burge - Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica Ukulele & Electric guitar on "Looking for my Nuts"

Tim O'Brien - Bouzouki, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Fiddle and backing Vocals on "Looking For My Nuts"

Don Dixon - Electric and Upright Bass, Electric Guitar on "Grow Up", Xylophone, harp, backing Vocals on "Looking For My Nuts"

Kenny Malone - Percussion

Cover Art by Daniel Gloyd



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Todd Burge Parkersburg

WV Troubadour, Played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, but is mainly known for the sharp wit, soaring vocal & guitar prowess found in many of his songs while performing his hybrid brand of Contemporary Americana-Folk. He has performed venues as diverse as NPR's Mountain Stage, CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is about to perform near you. ... more

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