Whether solo or with his band, Aaron Burdett is an artist not to miss. His songs will take you on a journey every time, and his voice will always lead you through those backroads and bring you home again. Aaron Burdett serves up the finest song driven Americana the North Carolina mountains has ever produced. Based in Saluda, a small town near Asheville, Aaron shares a singular perspective on the world around us, connections to places and people, and the simple pleasures of life through his heartfelt, thoughtfully crafted songs. Building on the traditions of the finest performing songwriters, Aaron’s original Americana music blends folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues into a sound that’s at once totally original but also comfortingly familiar. His honest songwriting pours in between hammer-on chord changes and rolling crosspicking rhythms, all the while keeping at the forefront his own unique sound and authentic voice. His sixth full length project, Tinderbox, was released in June of 2015, recorded with his fantastic road band at Crossroads Studios for Organic Records. Produced by Tim Surrett from the award winning bluegrass group Balsam Range, it’s Aaron’s best work yet. Filled with songs of hope and heartache, it swells and swings from anger to resolute calm and back again as the album progresses. Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters adds just the right touch of harmony vocals on several songs. Aaron’s 5th studio album, Fruits of My Labor (also on Organic Records) was released in early 2014, and was voted the #12 release of the year by WNCW listeners. The song “Little by Little” was also ranked the #12 Americana song of 2014 in KRVM Radio’s annual list for the Eugene, Oregon area. Aaron has released four albums prior to 2014’s Fruits of My Labor: Breathing Underwater in 2012, Stand Up Eight in 2010, Resolve in 2008, and The Weight of Words in 2005. In October of 2012 Aaron’s song “Going Home to Carolina” won Our State Magazine’s “Carolina Songs” songwriting contest, outshining over 250 other entries in this competition judged by industry professionals including members of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Chatham County Line. And in May 2013 Aaron’s song “Magpie” won 3rd place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, one of the largest and most highly regarded music festivals in the US for traditional, bluegrass, Americana, and singer-songwriter artists. Over the years Aaron has been a finalist in numerous other songwriting competitions including The Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest, The NC Songwriter’s Cooperative Songwriting Contest, and the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest (from the old Flat Rock Music Festival). See Aaron performing “Going Home to Carolina” here
. Aaron opens the WNC Country Roots and Rock Show on 9/5 at 3:00.