Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is out today on Oh Boy Records and was lauded by Ann Powers on NPR’s New Music Friday today where the venerable music critic says “Tré is a master storyteller...he is able to combine really vivid, beautiful imagery with really sharp social commentary”. Tré Burt’s You, Yeah, You features Brad Cook on bass and synth, Phil Cook on keys and harmonica, Alex Farrar on lead guitar, Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger) on drums, percussions and modular synth, and has features by Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) and Kelsey Waldon.
With “Sweet Misery” Burt speaks both to himself and the listener, conjuring a fighter’s scrappy disposition. The protagonist fights his shapeshifting opponent in the form of Misery, a foe whose shadow has cast darker and harder to ignore in the past year. “There is something kinda beautiful about people who are experiencing tragedy in chorus,” Burt says. In this collective tragedy, he recognizes the bedrock to build something new, a deepened understanding of oneself in relation to one’s community, and a well of compassion. The striking, personal, and deeply raw second single, “By The Jasmine”, draws inspiration from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and interpolates Burt’s own experience of depression through the reckoning of Danté’s complex emotional universe. With some thinly veiled allusions to Dante's Inferno, Danté, a young man afflicted by the realities of his own existence, attempts to traverse a country that seeks to destroy him at every turn. Danté awakes from the freedom of his own dreams into the horrifying nightmarish reality of a sickly America. Burt’s final single, “Dixie Red”, is an ode to the late John Prine that pulls imagery from the legendary songwriter’s decades-long career. Burt brought on labelmate Kelsey Waldon to join him in this incredibly moving tribute to their shared hero with a stunning video co-directed with Lance Bangs.
Burt will be back on the road shortly following the postponed Shakey Graves dates and recently played the storied Newport Folk Festival, where he received an uproarious standing ovation for his solo set. Burt also played with Lucy Dacus, Erin Rae, and performed a moving cover of Prine's "Paradise" with Tommy Prine, Margo Price, and Nathaniel Rateliff who he just finished up an opening run with. His Newport debut set was lauded by Rolling Stone as one of the best sets of the 2021 Newport Folk Festival. Find Burt’s tour dates and more information on You, Yeah, You, below.
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Tré Burt Tour Dates
08/27 - Fairlane Hotel Rooftop - Nashville, TN
09/09 - 09/11 - Park City Song Summit, Park City, UT
09/17 - Farm to Fork, Sacramento, CA
10/01 - FirstBank Amphitheater, Franklin, TN ~
10/08 - Wildwood Revival, Cloverleaf Farm, Athens, GA
11/30 - Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC %
12/1 - DC9, Washington, DC %
12/3 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY %
12/4 - Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA %
12/7 - Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON, CA %
12/9 - Space, Evanston, IL %
12/10 - Elray’s Live & Dive, Iowa City, IA %
12/11 - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO %
12/12 - The Burl, Lexington, KY %
12/14 - Zanzabar, Louisville, KY %
~ - Supporting Nathaniel Rateliff, Bahamas
% - Supporting Katie Pruitt