Jerry Burkhart (who bears a striking resemblance to Trace Adkins at
times) strolls into the
"Dodging Memories" the current single release from his new album isn't only making an impression on radio. The cleverly created video of this song is also getting a lot of attention on television too. Great American Country chose Burkhart as their "Hot Pick of the Month," in the month the album was released, and featured it again the following month on their "Fast Forward" program. The song also handily beat out its competition on the syndicated, Blair Garner's After radio show.
to modern technology, the video blends some vintage footage from the
popular old CBS television series, "Gunsmoke," with footage of
Burkhart that was shot on a ranch just outside of
When I asked the easy-going Burkhart what he would like to talk about he flashed that quick smile of his and replied, "I'm just glad to be here and anything y'all want to talk about, is fine with me." He obviously paid attention in charm school.
He says he experienced encouraging success with "Cryin' Steel," the first release from his current album. It got him a "hot shot" position on Billboard and the good reviews that followed, got him in the "Who's New" feature in Country Weekly.
His second single released from this album was "Dodging Memories" and the third single, "Whoop-De-Doo," is set to be released soon. (And no, that is not an interjection of my personal opinion; it is the title of the next single.) “Whoop-De-Doo” is a boot-scootin', guaranteed to end up as a line dance, genuine, country song. Lot's of peddle steel and fiddle and Burkhart's voice fits traditional country music as perfectly as an expensive pair of custom made, hand-tooled, already-broke-in, cowboy boots fit a bona-fide, honest-to-goodness, cowboy.
Burkhart, who speaks so softly when he talks, holds nothing back when he sings. Although I am unable to find the right adjective to describe his voice, I can tell you this, if you don't get goose bumps when he hits the high notes at the end of "Cry Baby, Cry," you had better get yourself to a doctor 'cause your emotional meter has a major malfunction.
When I asked him about the CMA/Fest, he responded, "It's such a blast! This is my second one and, I know it's hard on everybody, but I wish it could last a whole week."
When I asked what his favorite part of it was, this father of three who brought two of his kids with him told me, "A lot of the fun for me this year is watching my kids react to how folks react to seeing me. And they are so tickled that we can valet park." He smiles a real broad smile and says, "Yep, they think that's pretty cool. It isn't being able to park in the valet area that has them excited. It is watching the reaction of all the fans, and all those cameras going off when we walk through or another artist pulls in. They are enjoying being right in the middle of things."
able to meet all the folks who come out is so nice too" he
continues. "I really wish I could have spent more time in the
booth. It's fantastic. Everyone is so encouraging." he says.
"I've met people from all across the country and a lot of folks
comments about the success he is experiencing in
Like all the talented, serious, artists we met, Burkhart says that he "can't recall a time when he didn't dream of becoming a country music singer."
says while growing up in
After meeting Burkhart in person, and listening to Cryin' Country, I'm pretty sure that it's only a matter of time until he experiences -- first hand -- what it's like to be on that famous stage.
Feature article by Cheryl Harvey Hill (scroll down for additional comment.)
Comment: I just have to give a nod to Jerry Cupit and the folks over at Cupit
Records who are creating albums with a unique sing-along system built in. All of
the Cupit Record artists that I met while I was in