Dream Rich, Dirt Poor

Aaron Burdett is a Western North Carolina singer-songwriter who is the recipient of many songwriting awards from a variety of competitions such as Merlefest, Mountain Stage, WNCW Magazine and others. On this project he has a backing cadre of musicians that include Kim France (bass), Daniel Ullom (mandolin), Carley Arrowood (fiddle), Tony Creasman (percussion), David Johnson (mandolin, banjo, fiddle), Derek Vaden (banjo) Jon Weisberger (bass), who also produced the project.

Burdett cites his influences as far reaching as Doc Watson, John Prine, The Beatles, James Taylor, and many others. His songs reflect the traditions of mountain folk music, the rural areas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the lives of working people everywhere.      

There are the songs about the working folk like “Dirt Poor,” “Loser’s Bracket,” “Working Class,” and “Hard Hand.” There are songs of rural living like “Arlo,” “Rockefeller,” “No Stoplight Town” and the beliefs of “Written In Red.” Then the relationships of “I Won The Fight” and maybe “Too Far From Home.” All the selections are really good stories delivered by Burdett’s strong lead and augmented by the various backing musicians. This is a fine project with lots of potential for others to pick up on. 



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