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Todd Burge, Bill Kirchen teaming up for mini tour next week

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 03:51 PM

BARBOURSVILLE — Route 60 Music store has hosted its fair share of amazing music, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 that tradition will continue as Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer/songwriter Bill Kirchen, the “Titan of the Telecaster,” teams up with West Virginia’s “Sultan of Sardonic” singer/songwriter Todd Burge stop in on their mini tour of the region.

Kirchen, who in 40 years of studio work has played with the likes of Commander Cody,  Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more, and Burge, one of the state’s coolest songsmiths, are kicking off a four-day tour at Route 60.

Burge is a repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the "dean of WV songwriters", by the show's host, Larry Groce. Burge has performed and toured with Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Larry Groce, Ricky Skaggs and many others.

In 2012, Burge released two CDs, One for grownups entitled "Building Characters" produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M. Mary Chapin Carpenter) and featuring Tim O'Brien (Hot Rize, Mark Knopfler, Steve Martin) and one for children entitled "Character Building.”

The Children's CD will serve as an ongoing fundraiser for The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. His high energy shows are packed with songs and stories of bizarre characters and critters, from dogs to sharks to humans and beyond. Burge has the ability to twist his catchy tunes into something we can all relate to. Todd Burge also hosts his own radio show and podcast, Songwriter Night with Todd Burge. He resides with his wife Lisa and two young children, Sophia (7) and William (9) in Parkersburg WV.

For tickets, go online at http://www.route60music.com or call 304-736-7466. You can hear more from the two artists online at www.billkirchen.com and www.toddburge.com.

Burge and Kirchen are also rolling through Marietta, Ohio, Morgantown, and Canton, Ohio, where they’ll be recording and playing with noted musician and engineer Don Dixon, whose worked on albums of everyone from R.E.M. to the WV’s own The Carpenter Ants.

Read about more musical happenings in Dave Lavender’s Friday music column and read an interview with Burge in next week’s Life section of The Herald-Dispatch.