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Todd Burge "Dreams Upstairs"

Todd Burge "Dreams Upstairs"

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Todd Burge is one of the most consistently engaging and insightful singer-songwriter in the state, and Dreams Upstairs" (2000) is a work of real depth and scope. Burges smooth rolling baritone combines the graceful ease of George Strait with the rootsy twang of Robert Earl Keen, and his compositions reveal an admirable range. He is equally adept at sensitive, James Taylor-style love songs ("Ill make it up to you") or rollicking roadhouse country-rock ("Didnt look up enough"). He is at his best, though, as a straight-up guitar and harmonica folkie, as on the glorious "Up in the West Virginia hills" a gem of a song which deftly captures the rigors and rewards of trying to be an artist in the Mountain State."

(by Michael Shannon Friedman, The Charleston Gazette, 2000)