Todd Burge

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





LIVE ON MOUNTAIN STAGE (2006-2015) The New Album

Todd Burge - Live on Mountain Stage 2006-2016 Out this Spring!
In 2016 Burge will release “Live at Mountain Stage 2006-2015”. The 17 track ablum will feature his many performances from the popular NPR radio show and podcast, a couple of which have never been released.

“WV’s Premier Songwriter”
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 single artist are by Jesse Winchester and Laura Nyro, so Burge is in good company.
Amos Perrine – No Depression

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

“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


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 (63 Eyes, The Larries) 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, Burge wrote 13 songs for a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. Burge, who might be 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 long term collaborator, Tim O’Brien. O’Brien is an inductee of the WV Music Hall of Fame and Grammy winner. The album includes his original song, Change (For Clean Water) which features Kathy Mattea on backing vocals. His most recent download only album with video is entitled “Live in Orlando” (2016) and captures the essence of his live solo performance and, at times hilarious storytelling. In 2016 Burge will release “Live at Mountain Stage 2006-2015”. The 17 track CD will feature his many performances from the popular NPR radio show and podcast, a couple of which have never been released. Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg WV with his wife Lisa and their children, Will and Sophia.


Select Past Live Performances
Mountain Stage (NPR)
The Kennedy Center
Nelsonville Music Festival
Music City Roots
The Country Music Hall of Fame
Club Passim
The Station Inn
Café Lena
Jammin’ Java
Club Café
The Kent Stage

Co-Billed with
Bill Kirchen
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
Jimmy Clinton
Larry Groce
Don Dixon

Shared the stage with
Hot Tuna
Tim O’Brien
Bela Fleck
Lucinda Williams
Ricky Skaggs
Greg Brown
Chris Smither
Justin Townes Earle
Connie Smith
Chris Hillman & Herb Petersen
Pere Ubu

Discography (Solo)
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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Other websites of interest
Todd on Youtube


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