Todd Burge

"He's invented his own art form" Tim O'Brien





Todd Burge Extended Bio 2018

WV’s Premier Songwriter, Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Larry Groce, Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

“Like a Randy Newman with a guitar, he's also been described as a Warren Zevon who can evoke bizarre characters and situations…. hearing Burge live takes the cake. The only other live Mountain Stage albums by a singe artist are by Jesse Winchester and Laura Nyro, so Burge is in good company. “Amos Perrine – No Depression


A native of West Virginia's Wood County region, Burge spent the '80s and '90s earning his place as one of the most important and enduring figures in the state's music scene, fronting everything from the alt-rock band 63 Eyes to the outlaw-country cover project Triple Shot. Since the early 2000s, Burge has concentrated on his singular brand of folk-pop storytelling.


Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia's most prolific singer/songwriters. Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center, and of course, literally hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club Passim and Music City Roots.  He has been a repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the “West Virginia’s premier songwriter”, by its host, Larry Groce. In 2014, he wrote 13 songs for a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. The musical has been produced in theatres in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  Burge, who is known by many for his method of writing songs from the perspective of odd characters, humans, bugs and animals (listen to Building Characters produced by Don Dixon) released an album of very personal songs in 2015 entitled Imitation Life. The recording was produced by longtime collaborator and Grammy winner, Tim O’Brien. (To date, they have collaborated on three full length album projects) The album includes his original song, Change (For Clean Water) which features Kathy Mattea on backing vocals.  Most recently, Burge has released “Live on Mountain Stage 2006-2015”. The 17 track CD features his many performances from the popular NPR radio show and podcast. 



In November of this year (2018), Burge will release two original albums that were recorded thirty-two years apart. Todd Burge (1986 The First Album) was recorded while Burge was still attending West Virginia University back in the mid-80s. The album got tangled up in some record industry politics and as a result, never hit the music store bins. The new album, recorded by Don Dixon (Mary Chapin-Carpenter, REM) will be entitled Your Reflection Will Kill You (#ReflectionBurgeAlbum) and lyrically looks back on some facts and fiction that have brought Burge to where he is today. (Nobody is really sure where that is, including me. TB)


Todd has been invited back to Morgantown WV this fall to teach the very first songwriting course that West Virginia University has ever offered. At the end of the semester, WVU will release an album of songs created by the students.

Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg, WV with his wife Lisa, kids Sophia and Will and their dog, Levon. He is living proof that an artist can live and thrive in the state of West Virginia.


“Literate, witty, off-kilter & always highly entertaining...a real revelation. We definitely want him to come again."
Pete Marshall, Prism Coffeehouse, Charlottesville, VA / WTJU Charlottesville

"He's got a great talent as a writer and unique view of the world; he's invented his own art form. His songs just get better and better.”Tim O’Brien (Singer-Songwriter, Grammy winner)

“I'm convinced - Ingenious Todd Burge successfully blends more wit and wisdom per song than anyone else I've enjoyed in years.” Ron Goad - Vice Pres – Songwriter’s Association of Washington DC

"His by-turns smart, serious and funny tunes and his confident stage presence are a master class in the art of the solo singer-songwriter craft." Douglas Imbrogno - The Charleston Gazzette

"Man I have really been digging your Building Characters CD. Sometimes I literally laugh out loud at the some of the lines and stories. Great stuff Todd.  The Jesus Night Light song cracks me up, but the whole CD is really original. My thanks and compliments to you." Jason Ringenberg/Jason & The Scorchers/Farmer Jason

“With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks.  Subjects too quirky, too controversial, too obtuse for most writers to get a handle on.  His compelling vocal style and unique perspective keep me interested long after the last note rings out.”
Don Dixon – Producer (R.E.M. Joan Baez) Performer, Songwriter

Select Past Live Performances
Mountain Stage (NPR)
The Kennedy Center

Chautauqua Theatre (Chautauqua NY)
Nelsonville Music Festival
Music City Roots
The Country Music Hall of Fame

Rolling Hills Radio
Club Passim
The Station Inn
Café Lena
Ashland Coffee and Tea
Peoples Bank Theatre
Jammin’ Java
The Hamilton
Club Café
The Kent Stage
123 Pleasant Street
hundreds more......

Todd Burge has “Co-Billed” with: 
Bill Kirchen (Duo Tour)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore (Trio Tour)
Jimmy Clinton
Larry Groce
Don Dixon
The Carpenter Ants
Bob Thompson

Todd Burge as shared the stage with:
Hot Tuna
Tim O’Brien
Bela Fleck
Lucinda Williams
Tift Merritt
Iron and Wine
John Gorka
Lucy Kaplansky
Ricky Skaggs
Greg Brown
Chris Smither
Justin Townes Earle
Connie Smith
Chris Hillman & Herb Petersen
Pere Ubu
Kathy Mattea

Discography (Solo)

Your Reflection Will Kill You (Nov 2018) with Todd Burge (1986 - The First Album) 

Adam of Eve b/w Bald Eagle (Soar Away With Me) Digital Single (2018)
Live on Mountain Stage (April 2016)
Live in Orlando (Download with video 2016)
Imitation Life (2015)
Building Characters (2012)
Character Building (2012)
Distraction Packed (2010)
My Lost and Found (2008)
Most Requested 1989-2000 (2007)
Hip About Time (2006)
New Year (2003)
Dreams Upstairs (2000)
Live at Raveler’s (1997)
Tin Since (1994)
New World Out of Order (1992)
Live at Maxwell’s (1991)
Never Say Uncle (1990)


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