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.
"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