“The Mend, is a new release from singer song writer Jason Tyler Burton, 12 of the most amazing pieces of music that will ever grace your listening pallet. I have played this CD over and over and simply cannot get enough. This is a must have for anyone that has the slightest inclination to music.” Dan Abernathy, Owner of Rock Rabbit Cafe
“Jason Tyler Burton is a gifted multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from the blue-grass state of Kentucky. “The Mend” is his first solo release. Thoughtful, acoustic, with lots of string instruments and solid lyrics. A wonderful ride.
I encourage you listen at his bandcamp site…and purchase. You will NOT be disappointed.” - Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love)
Bio and Press Release:
The Mend is the first album of material from Jason Tyler Burton of Berea Kentucky.
It features 12 original Americana folk tunes that cover a surprising amount of territory both figuratively and geographically, with imagery culled from the hills of Kentucky and the high desert of Wyoming, both places Jason has called home.
Though Jason has been writing songs since picking up the guitar in high school, it has only been in recent years that he has gained the courage to perform his songs in front of audiences, often preferring to serve as a backup musician on mandolin, fiddle, and various other instruments. He played with the Richmond Kentucky band the Union City All-Stars, flirting with alt-country acclaim when they signed with the now defunct Hello Records. More recently he played with the Wyoming based band the Tie-Hacks, sharing the singing and songwriting duties with John Fogerty, Terry Hill, and Michelle Humber.
His mutli-instrument talents also allowed him to play with some of his favorite singer-songwriters, including Bill Mallonee and Ben Sollee. This also lent to his ability to play most every instrument on his self-produced album, which he recorded on his laptop in the spare bedroom of his Berea, Kentucky home. Deborah Payne of Sugar Tree provided fiddle on two songs, and singer-songwriter Toni Melton sang backing vocals.
The Mend was recorded over the month of Jason’s winter break from graduate school and is filled with stories, personal anecdotes, and social commentary. Listening to songs such as American Dream and Hillbilly Hayduke, you are reminded that he is steeped in the songwriting of Dylan, John Prine and Springsteen. Caleb Meyer’s Ghost directly references the Gillian Welch tune and gives backstory to the already tragic character. Then there are tunes such as To the Rise and On the Brink that offer us Jason’s unique songwriting style, focused more on the layers of the story he is telling than the flare with which he tells it.
The title comes from the theme of healing and repair found throughout the album, but also refers to a fly-fishing technique. This is in reference to the fishing inspired song To the Rise, where the line “I saw the fisher cast a line, not to the calm but to the rise” serves as a call to action over idleness. On The Mend, Jason Tyler Burton is heeding that call.
Visit www.jasontylerburton.com to listen to the music!