CHARLIE BURTON

The Megatones

Born in Lincoln, NE in 1950, Charlie Burton discovered the
wonderful world of “Rock-N-Roll” in the early 60’s by absorbing

the sounds poured out by Midwest radio stations such as WLS

(Chicago – Dick Biondi), XERF (Del Rio, TX – “Wolfman Jack”),

KOIL (Omaha, NE), KLMS (Lincoln, NE) & WSM Broadcasts

from The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

The variety of tunes heard over his Master Channel Transistor
radio, ranging from Rhythm & Blues to Top-40 Rock to Country

Music helped formulate his later music, never pigeon-holed into

one particular style.

In 1969, Charlie attends Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio
and befriends Ray Benson later of Asleep at the Wheel & NPR

Radio rock critic, Ed Ward, who encourages Charlie to contribute

articles to Rolling Stone Magazine.

Charlie moves to Ann Arbor, MI in 1970 and discovers the then
local sounds of Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airman &

The Stooges with Iggy Pop.

From 1969 through 1972, Charlie becomes Rolling Stone’s
country critic, interviewing Charlie Rich and Conway Twitty,

among others.  In Ann Arbor, he spends time with MC5 lungster

Rob Tyner and attends Iggy & The Stooges practices with Stooges

sax player, Steve Mackay,

Charlie returns to Lincoln in 1972 to take over his family
“Harpsichord Kit Factory”, but inspired by what he had seen in

Ann Arbor, starts a series of roots-rockin’ bands, including “The

Star Spangles Wranglers” – “The Megatones” – “Lance Boyle &

The Little Stabs of Happiness” – “Rock Therapy” – “The Cutouts”

& “The Hiccups”.    He leaves the rock critic business in 1973.

From 1977 through 1979 Charlie fronts “Rock Therapy” releasing
their first 45 “Rock & Roll Behavior” to rave reviews throughout

the country.  The record is a mix of Motor City rock & Burnette

Brothers Rock-A-Billy.  The single becomes a popular track in

punk-rockabilly circles, particularly in Minneapolis, New York,

Denver & Los Angeles, all of which host Charlie on a regular basis.

The single tops The Village Voice “Pazz & Job” Critics Poll and the
band is profiled in The Village Voice in New York, New York Rocker,

Trouser Press & Creem Magazine.  Two more singles follow.

Charlie releases his first LP in 1980, titled “Is That Charlie Burton –
Or What” and the band travels coast to coast to support the LP.

Charlie releases his 2d LP in 1981 “Don’t Fight The Band That
Needs You”.  During the 2d LP promotional tour, Charlie opens

up for a new band – REM.

His 3d LP, “I Heard That” is recorded in Springfield, MO in 1984
and is produced by the legendary Lou Whitney of “The Morell’s

& The Skeleton’s” fame.  The band plays dates with Joan Jett,

Jason & The Scorchers, The Ramones & The Replacements.  The

album gets enthusiastic reviews in Trouser Press, Musician, Chicago Sun-Times, & Rock and the Pop Narcotic.

Charlie’s first CD, released in 1990 “Green Cheese” has its virtues
extolled in Billboard & The Philadelphia Inquirer.  The single

“Without My Woman (I’d Be A Hopeless Sack of Sh-t) is declared

the song of the year by the 1991 South by Southwest Festival

(SXSW) by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke.

The band becomes the only band in rock history to share the stage
with both REM and REO.  The live CD “Puke Point at the Juke

Joint” is released, as Charlie decides to move to Austin, TX.

In 1992-93, Charlie links up with Austin/DC guitar hero, Evan
Johns and travels the US & Europe with Evan, recording a CD,

“Texas Twang” with Dutch rockabilly band, Tuxedo

Buck for Munich Records.

In 1994, Charlie forms “The Texas Twelve Steppers” and releases
a 45 – “Spare Me The Details” on Loss Lieder Records.  The single

is reviewed in the Austin Chronicle (“Honky Tonk this good is

as rare as a completed Oilers pass”) & The Hartford,

CT Daily Courant.

In 1996, Charlie & The Texas Twelve Steppers appear on Sweden’s
Sound Asleep Records “Hit the Hay #2” anthology and the band

again garners rave reviews for its SXSW Music Fest appearance.

1997, celebrating his 20th year of making records,
Charlie & The Twelve-Steppers release their first full length

CD “Rustic Fixer-Upper” on Lazy SOB Records, mixed by Ray Benson (Asleep At the Wheel) Bismeaux Studio and produced by Asleep At

the Wheel drummer, David Sanger.

A compilation CD of Charlie’s Greatest Hits (The Charlie Burton Story
77-99”) has been released by Bulldog Records in Austin, TX.

Charlie Burton is a roots rock & roll hero calling Nebraska his
home.  His recordings and personal appearances feature original

material ranging from in your face Rock & Roll to Rockabilly to

Cow-Punk to RB or pure tongue-in-cheek country music.  The

Nebraska Music Hall of Fame welcomes Charlie Burton for a

performance and induction August 5, 2000 at Pla-Mor Ballroom

in Lincoln, NE.  Charlie will appear with not only his current Texas

band, but will also jam with members of his Lincoln,

NE bands – The Megatones, The Star Spangled Wranglers,

Rock Therapy, The Cutouts & The Hiccups.

(This bio was partially extracted from information in Charlie’s Press
Kit for the 1997 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX

and from Charlie's Web Site – see below).



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