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Sketches

by Burr Settles

Sincere, feedback-tinged folksy tunes from a Bluegrass ex-patriate with an obsession for wordplay.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Sketchbook
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2. Sugar In The Raw
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3. Slingshot
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4. Heaven Only Knows
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5. Each Day Is Better Than The Next
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6. Kentucky Blue
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7. Your Derivative
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8. Josephine & Adrianne
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9. Shiner
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10. Deaf, Dumb, & Blind
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11. Something Happened On The Way
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Burr Settles was born in the back of a stalled pickup during a 70s snowstorm in Lexington, Kentucky. Years after his parents (a writer and an ichthyologist/wood truss salesman) named him on a dare, he began cutting his musical teeth at the folk/bluegrass jams in front of a fire station on Woodland Avenue. Since then, he picked up several instruments, moved briefly to Indiana, and is currently situated in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is also pursuing a PhD for some reason. Sketches is his first full-length album. More highlights:

· Burr has toured from New York to Alaska, and among other things played the 2006 Musical Family Tree Festival in Indianapolis.
· Sketches was nominated for “Best Americana Album” at the 2006 Madison Area Music Awards. He was also nominated for “Best Americana Artist” and the song “Sugar in the Raw” was nominated for “Best Unique Song.”
· Burr founded the annual February Album Writing Month (FAWM) challenge, to write 14 songs in 28 days, which in 2006 had over 350 songwriters participate from 12 countries.

Yes, Burr is his real name.
And he has this weird obsession with armadillos. Please don’t ask.

FOR MORE:
www.burrsettles.com
www.myspace.com/burrsettles

QUOTES:

"Intelligent folk-pop, Beck-style beat-inflected workouts, and introspective acoustic numbers." --The Onion AV Club

"Cool songs wandering all over the map. Happy guitar player who can actually write, too." --Hybrid Magazine

"Great folk music, reminiscent of Bob Dylan (and I don't say that lightly)." --Letters In Bottles

"Burr uniquely and creatively takes on each song as a fresh and new project, pleasing the listener with surprising twists to each song." --OpeningBands

"Burr Settles is one of those lucky folkies who, in the spirit of artists like Keller Williams, Jack Johnson or even early Beck, has granted himself the liberty to play whatever style he wants, whenever he wants..." --CoreWeekly

"Solo acoustic richness with some full band tendencies." --The Phantom Tollbooth

"Great songs... a gifted writer." --Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love)

"He names inspirations from Beck to They Might Be Giants, but that doesn't begin to explain the depth of the songwriting and the infectiousness of the melodies." --Rick's Cafe


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Core Weekly Magazine

Burr has the songwriting chops to back up his genre-hopping
There's something refreshing about singer-songwriters who adapt the free-form, anything-goes spirit of jam music. Burr Settles is one of those lucky folkies who, in the spirit of artists like Keller Williams, Jack Johnson or even early Beck, has granted himself the liberty to play whatever style he wants, whenever he wants. On his self-released CD, Sketches, Settles effortlessly jumps from traditional bluegrass and folk to playfully minimal hip-hop and funk without abandon. He has the songwriting chops to back up this genre hopping, too; his gentle folk songs, in particular, are sincerely touching.

The Madison Observer

Settles sings about love, uncertainty, disappointment and dreams over catchy, em
Songwriting and lyric writing are two very different things, and one without the other is a recipe for failure. Luckily, "Sketches," the debut album [from] globetrotting folkie Burr Settles, has both elements in abundance. While the lyrics are consistently impressive throughout the album, the songs work as pieces of music as well. With a voice somewhere between the angelic highs of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service) and the demonic dreariness of David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Settles sings about love, uncertainty, disappointment and dreams over catchy, emotive acoustic guitar work. Song highlights include "Slingshot," a dark coming-of-age story... "Sugar in the Raw," a surprisingly funky track, mixing folk, funk and hip hop, and "Heaven Only Knows," which begins with the lines, "I stretch my hand out to the radio and switch it to A.M. / I can't stand to hear your NOFX time and time again."