Doug Burr Album Release w/ Daniel Markham & Dim Locator
When: Friday, April 24
Where: Dan’s Silverleaf
Times: Doors: 8:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: $10 | All-Ages
On March 10, Doug Burr is releasing his latest 7″ single, “White Night, Black Light” b/w two B-sides, “Visible Noise” and “Never Gonna Be Young again.” Today (March 5), Diffuser is ecstatic to team up with Burr to debut the title-track from the disc — you can stream it in the audio player below.
With a fast-paced, grungy acoustic foundation, “White Night, Black Light” will either serve as a perfect introduction to Burr’s genre-bending career or a refreshing taste of what he’s been up to since 2010′s O Ye Devastator.
“I did intend for the song to be more driving — I intended for the record as a whole to be a little louder and faster. It fit the themes of the record, and was a new direction for me, allowing me to stretch out in a new way,” he tells us.
Read More: Doug Burr, ‘White Night, Black Light’ – Exclusive Premiere
Doug Burr has a habit of mulling things over, kneading thoughts around until they yield something of value. Burr is soft-spoken, bespectacled and rangy. Yet his placid manner belies the storm of paranoia, longing and wonder agitating at his core. The singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas, is often lauded for his candor, a reputation earned through no small labor. Burr is a disciple of the hard way that weaves between easy answers, always pressing toward the truth. It takes patience to navigate that way, bypassing all the satisfying hokum the world oers in order to stress your brain into a deeper thought. But for Burr, anything less is a wasted half-eort. “I’m not in a rush,” Burr plainly declares, and returns to his thoughts. Burr’s patience is refreshing in the harried world of music. It helps that he entered it well into adulthood. Musically inclined from adolescence, Burr never made much public use of his talents until, as a married man in his late twenties, he found himself playing to a roomful of middle-aged baries. It planted the seed of a humanistic ethos, in no way novel, but never outworn. Burr found himself connecting to those people through music, so he set about doing that as honestly as a man could.
Doug Burr does believe in reclamation, redemption, restoration. It all accords with his credo as a Christian, a reality he has no interest in either obscuring or marketing. In that sense, he is cut from the same black cloth as Johnny Cash. And like Cash, he eschews stylistic borders. Burr moves freely between country, folk and pop. A lazier writer might call him “Americana” and, unwittingly, be more on point. Burr is an American musician, thinker, composer and lyricist, shaking hands with both the spirits of Appalachia and the ghosts of the Mississippi Delta.
Now Doug Burr returns with a new album, Pale White Dove. While Devastator, dabbled with heavier sounds, Pale White Dove swings the sledgehammer with abandon. Burr sounds like a man whose noted patience is worn to a raw bundle of nerves. The album’s aggression is cut with beautiful country tunes “Never Gonna Be Young Again.” But the soul of Pale White Dove is the electried “I See Satan Fall Like Lightning.” Titled after the René Girard book, the tune is soaked in Southern Gothic and delivered in a fevered prophecy. The song, and much of the rest of the album, recounts a world tangled in its own violent scapegoating, hopeless save for supernatural intervention. For this reason, Pale White Dove is apt for this age, marred as it is by violence in word and deed. Just one more cogent volume in Burr’s patient vocation of storytelling and truth-digging for the people.