Brian Burns

Brian Burns
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Brian Burns has, for many years, been regarded as one of Texas’ top performing songwriters, his work having been covered by a number of legendary artists. But in recent years Brian has emerged as one of his state's most powerful and engaging performers. His songs explore both the poignant and the humorous sides of humanity, drawing out the things we’ve all felt and wish we could have said. The warmth, wit, and eclecticism of his performances captivate audiences night after night. Brian grew up in Central Texas listening to the western ballads of Marty Robbins and the progressive country music of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Early on, he developed an appreciation for musical depth, along with a knack for the story. As his passion for music grew, he began to explore a variety of styles ranging from pop to reggae. At age 16, Brian hit the road on a musical journey that would eventually find him sharing stages with some of America’s top performers. Brian’s Texas roots remained an integral force in his life and work. After his first million-or-so miles of rough road and half-a-lifetime of impressive musical accomplishments - yet not much to show for it, Brian planted those roots firmly back in Lone Star soil. “Music’s not a choice I made, I believe the choice made me,” declared Brian in the title cut of his debut solo album, Highways, Heartaches, and Honky-Tonks, a 1997 work which summarized his musical mission up to that point. His second album, 1999’s Angels & Outlaws, produced the venomous, yet humorous Texan anthem, Welcome To Texas (Now Don’t Forget To Go Back Home) which dominated FM heavy rotation lists in the nation’s largest country music markets for many months. But Angels & Outlaws also met critical acclaim and enlightened a discriminating listening audience to a more intellectual and introspective side of Brian Burns. Brian's 2001 release, The Eagle & The Snake: Songs Of The Texians, presented an epic collection of classic, contemporary, and original ballads based on the history, folklore, and culture of Texas. The Eagle & The Snake was heralded by reviewers as a masterpiece shortly after its release, then went on to become an established Texas classic. The album’s first single, I’ve Been Everywhere (In Texas) became one of the only singles in the history of recorded music that was produced in an artist's home project studio, yet went on to chart nationally on the Radio & Records country chart. The Eagle & The Snake would also lead Brian's development of Once Upon A Time In Texas, the state's premier educational presentation for K-12 Social Studies curriculum enhancement. Once Upon A Time has taken Brian's musical and storytelling talents into thousands of elementary and intermediate schools and remains Texas' #1 school assembly program to date. In 2004, Brian released Heavy Weather, continuing to mine a rich balladeering vein with songs like Indianola, The Train Wreck At Kiowa Creek, and his remake of Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, which stayed on the top of the XM Satellite Radio playlists for several years. Heavy Weather also produced the "sleeper" hit Thunderstorms & Tyler Roses, which remains a popular play in radio markets nationwide. Brian's 2006 release, Border Radio, introduced a collection of poetic romps through west Texas and Mexico - although the recording was done in a stationary setting, virtually all of the songwriting and production decisions were made where Brian listens to music the most – out on the highway. Border Radio won XM Satellite Radio's "Best In Texas" award in 2006. This year, Brian releases his sixth, and perhaps strongest, studio work to date: American Junkyard. This collection of songs looks at our nation through the eyes of an aging patriot who sees us at our best and our worst all at once - a keen observer indeed. One song might have you laughing out loud while the next will make you bite down and swallow hard. Noted Texas music critic Dave Pilot writes: "We’ve followed Brian down lost highways, shared a listen to both haunted jukeboxes and border radio. We’ve heard him sing of storms and urban legends, of epic train wrecks, distant memories, and even fire ants. Texian soldiers, lovers, rogues, old Pullman porters and the wisdom of the sagest of drunks have populated the landscape of Brian Burns records since his first album hit the airwaves. But here, in the American Junkyard, Burns tells the story of us. Perhaps more importantly, the story of what we’ve lost. In that way, he’s taken his place as one of those rare generational singers or songwriters with the ability to transform and inspire. Croce, Lightfoot, Clark. Hank, Waylon, Lefty. Dylan and The Boss. All different and unique, but all with the ability to strike at the very core of each of us." Brian is a stellar singer/songwriter and guitarist, yet a decidedly down-to-earth performer. Remaining friendly and accessible to supporters, fans, and radio, he performs an average of 300 shows a year including solo performances and songwriter shows with some of the nation's top artists. In an industry that has always followed formulas, business models, and demographics, Brian Burns has created his own music industry, on his own terms, based upon honesty and steadfast commitment to his work and the people who enjoy it. Just one man and his guitar - drawing clarity out of the white noise of modern Texan and American culture, then turning it into a good time to be had by all - ages 9 to 90.
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03/09/2010 - Brian Burns to perform at Words & Voices - Read More
09/13/2008 - Arlington honky-tonk stars test the waters outside of Texas - Read More
03/01/2007 - A Texas-sized celebration--State's 171st birthday will be celebrated at Washingt - Read More
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Brian Burns  06/30/2008            
Garen Lowrey
This is one of the best story tellers and song writers out there. With his amazing voice and vivid lyrics it is near impossible to not be swept away! Not only is Brian an icredible artist he is also a damn fine person. This guy is way too cool. I was mesmerized by his ability to play his set with nothing but a gee-tar, microphone and his voice! First listened to Border Radio under the guidance of my mother and then heard Heavy Weather and was even more blown away! The fact that more people do not know about Brian just baffles me.
Brian Burns  06/30/2008            
just heard thunderstorms and tyler roses on xm willie,think i'm in love!!one of the best love songs,and voices i've heard in years had to look this guy brian up on internet will definately be buying cds
Brian Burns  03/23/2008            
Gwyn Weyant
my husband only asks for three albums, willie Nelson has two of them. The third is Border Radio by Brian Burns. I can always count on listening to audio books from my husband. He will get out Border radio and listen to it. Brian's Border Radio and Heavy weather are two of my favorite albums. Being on the road as a truck driver for twenty one years a lot of albums have gotten left at home but not these. Keep up the good work can't wait to hear what you are working on next.
Brian Burns  03/11/2008            
Russ Barnett
I am from Wyoming and am here to buy some albums. This music is absolutely the top. Takes me back to what I used to listen to with my dad while hunting. real music that tells a story and there is nothing better thatn that. "Fire Ants!" love it!!! I agree with another post-Thank God for XM radio or I never would have heard of him.
Brian Burns  02/10/2008            
Gerald Ray Guthrie
I,ve known Brian since the early eighties, we worked together in a well known central texas dancehall band, i was convinced back then that Brian would do very well in the business, i was fortunate enough to learn from him about mixing a monitor the right way,i knew it was right when he would look over and give me that nod of approval, i'll never forget that,Brian's time has come and will be here for all of us to enjoy for many years to come, more power to you brother, i'll see you at a show soon, take care.
Brian Burns  12/06/2007            
Eddie Jordan Lanham
Brian Burns…just absolute one of the best artists that I have ever heard. Thank goodness for XM Radio. Others and I are now aware that there is much better music “out there.” To date, I have purchased 4 of Brian’s CDs. All are great. Wish he would publish a songbook with the lyrics and chords to all of his music. I hope to one day see this gentleman in concert. Your rating system goes from 1 to 5…give Brian a 10 !!! Eddie Jordan Lanham Brooks, GA.
Brian Burns  11/25/2007            
Pat Jeffers
Purchased Border Radio CD yesterday and my husband and I think it is the greatest we have heard in many years..been married 57 years, and will buy more. Heard the CD on Willie's XM DirecTV
Brian Burns  11/13/2007            
Voici un trés trés grand chaneteur de country !!! un des plus grands du moment !!! de belles paroles, une mélodie juste et envoutante !!! il n'est pas du tout connu en Europe ... quel dommage !!! Merci Brian !!
Brian Burns  09/19/2007            
We recently saw Brian at the Springtown Wild West Days and he was great. I've been a fan for a lot of years but never owned a CD until this one. This one will be in the truck for a LONG time!
Brian Burns  09/14/2007            
new to Brian Burns
A musician myself, and married to a musician, I don't have much in the spare time department to listen to a lot of newer songwriters.... sounds crazy, I know, but it's "nose to the grindstone these days". My husband recently signed on with Ricky Broussard and "2 Hoots and a Holler", as lead guitar and co-conspirator. LOL. It was Ricky Broussard that turned me on to a few of his songs, and now I am finding myself obsessively intrigued. Great hooks, inspiring, solid, and fun, instant classics! Thanks. I needed that.
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