When Tré Burt was signed to John Prine’s Oh Boy Records in 2019, he was one of only two artists – including label mate Kelsey Waldon – to join the label in the past 15 years. ‘Caught It From The Rye’, Tré Burt’s debut album was re-released on Oh Boy in Jan 2020. The album is a good example of Burt’s literary songwriting and lo-fi, rootsy aesthetic, which he honed busking on the streets of San Francisco and traveling the world in search of inspiration. Like label mate and songwriting hero John Prine, Burt is described as having “a poet’s eye for detail, a surgeon’s sense of narrative precision and a folk singer’s natural knack for a timeless melody.”
For a songwriter who thoughtfully documents what he sees in the world, 2020, while challenging, was rich with inspiration. The year birthed the single, ‘Under The Devil’s Knee’, a song that continues the tradition of outspoken political folk songwriters of yore, tracing the lives of George Floyd, Eric Garner, and Breonna Taylor.
Recorded remotely featuring Allison Russell, Sunny War and Leyla McCalla, Burt commented: “Humanity feels like it’s slipping away from us, as a country. I wanted to reinstate the humanity of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and so many other brothers and sisters slain by police in the way I know how. I wanted to immortalize their dignity and make the work easy for future historians and remind the present that no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, this is about actual pain and real human suffering caused by a system of governance that is morally bankrupt. This, I felt was my duty as an American songwriter to do. Music is a powerful force, especially when you put it through a protest song. It makes the fight more tangible. Reframes perspective. None of which entered my mind when writing this, at all. That was out of anger. I wrote this song out of anger. They should all be alive.”
Tré toured in summer 2021 with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Shakey Graves as well as making his Newport Folk Festival debut performance. Following a support tour with Watchhouse, a performance at the LUCK Reunion on Willie Nelson’s ranch, and the 2022 release of the EP ‘Know Your Demons’, Burt is heading out on his long awaited debut headline tour in the US and Europe and summer festival touring to include Under The Big Sky, Hinterland and numerous other festivals. Catch him in the UK at one of the venues below from this weekend.
Tré Burt Tour Dates 2022:
May 1 The Lexington – London, UK
May 3 Gullivers – Manchester, UK
May 4 Hyde Park Book Club – Leeds, UK
May 5 Prince Albert – Brighton, UK
May 6 Nothingville Music, The Outpost – Liverpool, UK
May 8 The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2022 – Belfast, UK