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Southern crooner Doug Burr celebrates new album at OKC stop

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You can hear it in his music, the sound of accomplishment. Though you won’t know what it is specifically, you can hear it in the polished songs with walking bass lines, laid-back vocals and keys. And for a working musician, his accomplishments are many.

The fact that Doug Burr has a family — four kids and a wife — and continues to put out albums won’t register sonically. That might be demonstrated more in the way he carries himself. He has a full-time job; he has chosen to live where he grew up — a haven of central Texas called Denton — and he has been playing with a steady band for years, releasing music and playing shows. He has released five albums so far, which is one of his prouder accomplishments.

“I’m just glad I can keep making records. That’s my triumphant victory that I can still make records,” Burr said, “I see that as a rare accomplishment, to be able to be this age (42) with a large family and consistently be putting out records for the last decade and a half.”

Though Burr admits that juggling family life and a music career is not always easy, it is something he said is achieved by finding the right equilibrium.

Pale White Dove, Burr’s latest album, is balanced rock ’n’ roll from a bygone republic that has all of the instruments a Southern gentleman can incorporate to embellish songs that would work well even if they were just a guy with a guitar. The songs explore rich and thoughtful emotions through solid songwriting.

“On this record, the theme really is the violence woven into the human soul, or maybe DNA,” he said. “I don’t always have such a succinct theme ... but this one is fairly narrow.

His influences range from Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to Vigilantes of Love and Tom Waits. Bands like Gun Club and Blind Willie Johnson seemingly all rolled into one influence the newest record, while some songs like “Never Gonna Be Young Again” are somewhat reminiscent of Ryan Adams, only smoother.

Songs like “I See Satan Fall Like Lightning” offer riff-centric stories that build on themselves. The song includes a banjo that creates suspense and energy that persist for a solid four minutes, all without getting boring. However, the riff does seem like it is never fully realized and leaves the listener wanting more, which is a great thing.

Burr will be giving more at the Blue Note Lounge at 10 p.m. on Friday. The show is his first in Oklahoma, and he is looking forward to it.

“I surprisingly have never been through [Oklahoma]. I’ve threatened to for a long time, but I’ve never made it up,” he said. “We’re just kind of doing a couple of weekends … that was the idea.”

Print headline: Southern Pale, Southern crooner Doug Burr celebrates a new album with a stop in OKC.

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