Todd Burge, Larry and Sandra Groce to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta
MARIETTA — A trio, including a Parkersburg resident, will debut their latest albums in a show this month at the Peoples Bank Theatre.
The Our Albums Are Released Tour 2016 will be 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the renovated showhouse in Marietta featuring singer/songwriter Todd Burge of Parkersburg and Larry Groce and his wife, Sandra, of Charleston.
Burge’s new CD is “Live on Mountain Stage 2006-2015” and the Groces’ is “Live Forever.”
Tickets for the 90-minute show can be purchased online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or at the door, 222 Putnam St., for $20; if tickets are bought the day of the show they will be $25.
The new CD by Groce, a Grammy nominee and Mountain Stage radio host, and his wife, a violist with the West Virginia Symphony, was produced by Don Dixon. It includes three of Larry’s original songs and eight cover songs, mostly songs connected to Mountain Stage over the years.
Burge’s “Live from Mountain Stage 2006-2015” CD includes 17 tracks of original material.
Groce has been playing music for the past 55 years and has released 24 albums and CDs; his first musical recording was released in 1970.
According to mountainstage.org, for more than 30 years, “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” has been the home of live music on public radio. It is produced in West Virginia and distributed by NPR; each two-hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on more than 150 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.
Mountain Stage is recorded in front of a live audience in Charleston, and features performances from music legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country, to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative and beyond.
Burge has been a guest on Mountain Stage 10 times. His first appearance was in 1991 on a show with Pere Ubu, Lisa Germano and Songs from a Random House.
“I’m a true fan of Todd Burge; in a world of thousands, or probably tens of thousands of singer/songwriters, he continues to distinguish himself. This is all the more impressive because he lives and mostly works out of the spotlight and away from the hotbeds of his peers. Instead of comparing him to country folkies, you’d find more similarities looking at the work of John Hartford, Roger Miller, Loudon Wainwright III and maybe even Peter Stampfel, Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” Groce said. “I hear flashes in Todd’s work that remind me of all those touchstone songwriters.”
Burge, 52, has been writing songs and playing music for the past 30 years. He started playing during his second year at West Virginia University.
“I didn’t have a choice, but to play music,” Burge said.
Burge said he taught himself how to play the guitar in six months. He has learned to play more than 10 instruments.
He has released 10 solo releases and 15 CDs. During Burge’s 30 years of producing music, he has written hundreds of songs.
Burge plays various music styles including punk rock, bluegrass and contemporary folk. Burge describes his style of music as “folk rock.”