- Presented By: Cowboy Surfer Bar
- Dates: July 25, 2021
- Location: Cowboy Surfer Bar
- Address: 827 Frostwood Drive
- Phone: (832) 538-0851
- Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Price: $20
- Admission: $20
- Area of Town: Memorial/Energy Corridor
Jonny Burke is one H shy of sharing a name with the lyricist behind “Pennies from Heaven,” “Misty” and other Great American Songbook entries. But when it comes to what might someday be called the Great Americana Songbook, he won’t have to worry about ID mix-ups. Burke’s work is as distinctive as the landscape of the Texas Hill Country where he was raised. His latest album, Along Alone Alright, on his own Dream Car Records label, stakes out turf in a wide-open space where artists freely mix folk and blues with a pinch of country twang, a dose of rock swagger and a whole lot of heart.
Burke’s been stirring those elements together since he and a childhood pal started the Dedringers when they were 15. Quickly making a name for themselves, they wound up spending seven years studying the human condition in the anthropology-lab bars of Texas, and well beyond. After their amiable 2009 split, Burke moved to a friend’s guest house in Topanga Canyon, California. He stayed three years, exploring the L.A. music scene in-between tours with artists like James McMurtry and Ryan Bingham. The weather and surf were powerful attractions, but like most Texans, he was finally lured back—though he managed to perform in all 48 contiguous states before he turned 30.
In 2016, he headed to Durham, North Carolina, to record Along Alone Alright, his third full-length album, with American Aquarium's’s Ryan Johnson and Whit Wright, who co-produced. Its 10 songs deliver food for thought about some weighty topics, such as aging, mortality and loss—including the death of dreams. With only three decades on the planet, it might seem early for Burke to delve into such subjects—despite his advanced field studies. But his applied learning actually started in his single-digit years, when he started to discover poets and pickers whose songs weren't on most kids' mixtapes.
“Chuck Berry's songs spoke to me as a child and raised my consciousness to a greater level. As did Hank Williams' songs. And John Prine's,” Burke says. “I realized at a very young age that songs are a great medium for a story.”
He set his sights on writing his own, and has proven remarkably good at it. Along Alone Alright is a beautiful album filled with charm—and one other potent element: Burke’s enduring belief in the life-transforming power of a single song.
Opened in November 2020, Cowboy Surfer is a casual bar in Memorial City, Houston keeping its namesake culture alive through drinks, eats, live music and art.
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