Do we really need to introduce him? It’s John. Two nights. Tickets on sale Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 AM Central.
Wink Burcham is an old soul with a song craft that belies his age. With a genuine reverence to the past, this Tulsa, OK artist has a knack for writing witty, heartfelt lyrics that immediately pull the listener into his stories, ala John Prine or Townes Van Zandt. The music easily slips between old-fashioned country, grass-roots folk, and Piedmont-style blues and is an important part of the New Tulsa Sound movement.
He’s recorded and performed at the legendary Church Studio, once owned by Leon Russell and the home of Shelter Records and was a semi-finalist at the 2013 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Martin Sexton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Gourds, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Jimbo Mathus, Dale Watson, Dan Bern, Pokey LaFarge, and many others.
When Jacob Tovar was just a babe in arms, his uncle’s guitar was the one surefire way to comfort, distract and even mesmerize him.
“Mom always said that he was the only thing that would stop me crying when I was a baby. She would just set me in front of him as he would be practicing, and I would just sit there and stop crying,” Tovar recalled. “Mom said I would just watch him for hours if he was playing, and I would just be completely enthralled with it. … I was always around guitar players and music with him and my brother and my brother’s friends.”
By the time he picked up his own guitar at age 19, it felt natural in his hands — and his instrumental skills naturally complemented a distinctive voice naturally suited to the old-school country music he loves.
“It’s really natural for me to sing like I’m singing. It’s very easy for me to sing that way, it just comes out natural. When I try to do more singer-songwriter tunes and stuff like that, I have to try a little harder because it’s so natural for me to have a little voice break on that. That’s just the way I sing,” he said, his deep croon unmistakable even by phone. “How it came about I really don’t know. I think I just listened to those tunes so much and started playing those songs and then singin’ ‘em the way I sing ‘em … and it just came out that way. I didn’t really have to try to search out for my voice. I think every singer goes through that, though; they sing for a while and they sound like other people and then eventually you just sound like yourself.” [newsok.com]