Photo credit: Ryan Vestil
Tell us about your travel vehicle.
I drive a 2002 15-passenger E-350 Ford Van, pretty typical touring van – it can handle all the gear and all the guys in the band when we're doing whole band shows on the road.
How do you eat cheaply and / or healthy on tour?
Often you can go out to eat well on site, which is always a great help.
How many strings do you break in a typical year? How much does it cost to replace it?
I actually break quite a few strings more than I would like. Strings are one of my main issues.
Where do you rehearse?
When it's time for serious rehearsal, we will meet often in a place owned by my family and me, The Redbird Listening Room in New Braunfels, TX. Nothing too crazy, we stay pretty serious and focus on the music.
What was the title and sample text from the first song you wrote?
One of my very first songs was “First Born Son,” and it was a song I wrote about reincarnated soldiers when I was 13 or 14.
“It was hundreds of years and lifetimes ago
on an old border lies fresh snow,
a war is brewing and the wind is blowing
And then a mom cries because she knows
that her firstborn swore to defend
the throne when the time of peace ends "
Describe your first appearance.
8th grade talent show singing "Sweet Home Alabama" won.
What was your last job? What was your favorite job that day?
As well as being a professional performer and singer-songwriter, I also run a music room that I mentioned earlier, the Redbird Listening Room.
How has your music-related income changed in the past 5-10 years? What do you think it will be like in 5-10 years?
Luckily it got a lot better and I hope it gets a lot better.
What do you know now, what you would have wished you had known when you started your music career?
Keeping it clean and sober and not treating it like a big party is a much more effective approach.
Dallas Burrow has always been an adventurer. Born and raised in Texas, he gritted his teeth on the road and travels through much of the free world with a head full of songs and a thirst for thrills. On his way – somewhere between his childhood guitar lessons from his father (a blood brother of Townes Van Zandt and friend of Guy Clark) and the vagabond vortex of his 20s – he built his own brand of American roots music. It was a sound rooted in folk, shaped by classic country, and heavily influenced by the Texan artisans who stood before it. Decades after his father went all out with the legends of the Lone Star State, Dallas Burrow proudly picked up the torch and carried on the Texas songwriting tradition with albums like Southern Wind.
Burrow returns home – physically, symbolically, and musically – with the self-titled Dallas Burrow. His first album, written and recorded in the wake of his newfound sobriety, Dallas Burrow finds that the songwriter embraces the stability of fatherhood and family life. It's a collection of songs about maturing and finding your own way, recorded on two inch analog tape by producer Bruce Robison and interspersed with the rich storytelling, organic Texas twang, and authentic Americana, all sonic to Burrow's Have become a signature.
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