Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Jeffrey Martin - "Billy Burroughs"

The latest song from Portland, OR's Jeffrey Martin isn't your typical singer/songwriter fare. Sure, there is quite a bit of today's Americana/roots music that can have a dark subject matter. But "Billy Burroughs" goes a bit further. "Billy Burroughs" tells the story of how William S. Burroughs accidentally shot his wife while trying to shoot a highball glass off of her head. That's dark enough, but the song also explores the theory that this incident is what lead Burroughs to become one of the most respected authors of his generation, and if such personal tragedy is worth it. It's all packaged in a stripped down acoustic song, the majority of which is built on Martin's vocals and guitar. It's a fairly dark but mainstream sound that masks the subject matter.

You can listen to "Billy Burroughs" below. Jeffrey Martin's upcoming album, One Go Around, will be released October 14 on Fluff & Gravy. You can pre-order a copy on Bandcamp. For more on Jeffrey Martin, check out his website.

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