Hosted by Josh Antonuccio, this 15-part video series features performers at the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival, filmed in front of an audience at the historic Gladden House, located at Hocking College's Robbins Crossing.
On this episode, Parkersburg, W.Va., singer-songwriter Todd Burge talks with Antonuccio and performs three songs: "(Change) For Clean Water," "Big Fat City Heart Attack" and "As Old As I Can Be."
New Gladden House Sessions episodes will be posted on woub.org/arts every Monday and Thursday through July. For more information about the series, and to view past shows, visit this link.
THE NEW ALBUM by TODD BURGE IMITATION LIFE Produced By Tim O’Brien
"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. This album is a real Todd de force” Tim O’Brien (Singer-Songwriter, Grammy winner)
Written during Todd's 50th year on planet Earth, this album was originally entitled "50 Songs", but fear of false advertising nixed that one. Burge, who may be best known for his method of writing songs from the perspective of odd characters, criminals, animals and bugs, (listen to Building Characters produced by Don Dixon) has recently released an album of personal songs entitled Imitation Life (MARCH 2015). The recording was produced by long term collaborator, Tim O’Brien. O’Brien is an inductee to the WV Music Hall of Fame and 2015 Grammy winner. Recorded live with few overdubs at John Prine’s Butcher Shoppe Studios in Nashville TN, and engineered and mixed by David “Ferg” Ferguson (Johnny Cash, Del McCoury) the album captures Burge’s melodies and unique wordplay in their element. Imitation Life features O’Brien on multiple instruments, Kathy Mattea on backing vocals and a handful of other Nashville cats* rounding out the band.
Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage
Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia's most prolific singer/songwriters. Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center, and of course, literally hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club Passim and Music City Roots. He is a repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by its host, Larry Groce. In 2014, Burge wrote 13 songs for a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. The show received great reviews as it was performed at Muskingum Park in Marietta Ohio, produced by Marietta College/The Colony Theatre and directed by Geoff Coward. Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg WV with his wife Lisa and their children, Will and Sophia.
Imitation Life by Todd Burge Produced by Tim O’Brien
Todd Burge – vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, banjo & harmonicas Tim O'Brien – mandolin, violin, electric & acoustic guitars, bouzouki & backing vocals Lex Price – upright and electric bass Ian Fitchuck – drums, marimba & Hammond B3 organ
Kathy Mattea – backing vocals on “Change” Larry Atamanuik - drums on “Change” Mike Bub - bass on “Change” Will Burge – backing vocal on “Step Aside” Recorded and mixed at The Butcher Shoppe Studio – Nashville TN Engineered and mixed by David Ferguson Additional engineering by Sean Sullivan Mastered by David K. Shipley at Foxwood Mastering – Nashville TN