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MP3 JTodd Burroughs - a little more with a little less

The debut album from JTodd Burroughs. From driving honky-tonk, to acoustic ballads, to party-time southern rock, to relaxing beach music - this album has something for every musical taste and mood.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (42:32) !
Related styles: Country: Modern Country, Rock: Southern Rock, Solo Male Artist

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Serving up a roots country sound tinged with a hint of southern rock, JTodd brings a mix of humor and reality to country songs that tell the stories of real life.

Born in South Carolina and growing up in a small town named Ninety Six, JTodd was influenced by music from an early age. He began playing piano in elementary school and followed with guitar when he was in the fifth grade. He was heavily influenced by the country and southern rock artists of the 80’s and 90’s as well as the gospel his grandmother played for him when he was young.

JTodd joined the Army in 1994 and began songwriting after deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His first song, “Daddy’s Girl,” is a heart-wrenching ballad inspired by his own experiences leaving his two daughters to deploy. A variety of songs followed, from the bluegrass influenced "A little more with a little less" to the hard-driving, somewhat satirical look at married life entitled "Honeymoon''s Over".

Song Notes

A Little More With A Little Less (JTodd Burroughs) - Keepin'' up with the Jones''. We all try to do it. Too many times we try so hard to keep up with everyone around us that we don''t even take time to enjoy life. This is a song that tells the story about trying to keep up with everyone else and eventually getting what you want, only to find that you already had everything you needed. This is a song about being happy with yourself and finding joy in the simple things in life instead of always wanting to be like someone else or wanting what they have.

I Will (JTodd Burroughs) - I remember sitting in my house waiting for my wife to come home from work on Christmas Eve in the middle of a snowstorm in Kansas. It took her three hours to make the thirty-five mile drive. I sat there watching the snow fall, remembering all of the good times we shared and praying that she would make it home safely. When she finally pulled into the driveway, I felt so happy that she made it through the weather. I wrote this song to tell her that I remember those times, and that I will spend my life making more of those memories with her.

Back To You (JTodd Burroughs) - The opening guitar riff started this song, and it was an instrumental for the longest time. I was driving down the road one day playing the tune over and over in my mind and I thought about all of the times I spent on the road driving from Fort Bragg back to Irmo, South Carolina where my family was living. The lyrics kind of wrote themselves after that, as I remembered thinking about getting back to my family while I was on the road in Afghanistan doing route clearance operations. This song is a testament to all of our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line everyday and only think about making it through and getting back to their loved ones.

Daddy''s Girl (JTodd Burroughs) -
This was the first song I ever wrote. I watched my oldest daughter cry as I deployed to Afghanistan in 2005. I wiped a tear off of her cheek and told her that I would keep it with me until I came home. This young, innocent child, only six years old, spent the next year watching the news and being forced to grow up far faster than she should have. This is typical of military families - the unsung and often forgotten heroes of the wars of the past and present. This song is for them, for it is often far easier for those who fight the wars than for those who have to sit and wait for their warriors to return.

Honeymoon''s Over (JTodd Burroughs) - How often have you heard about people who change after the "newness" of a relationship wears off? About the "couch potato" that a man or woman is married to? About the football, NASCAR, or even soap opera (be advised that men are not alone when it comes to vegging out in front of a television) widow? This song is for all of those people out there who thought they knew their spouses before they were married, only to find out that their loved ones were putting their best foot forward while they were courting. It is a parody on relationships and the false belief that we can really make people change.

Dude, (How Do You Get To Be That Way) (JTodd Burroughs) - Have you ever gotten stuck in traffic because two cars decided to stop and carry on a conversation? Have you ever stood in the express line at the grocery store when you were running late and watched the person in front of you check out with four times the number of items? If so, then this song is for you. It has happened to us all, and at one time or another, we have all wondered how people become so inconsiderate and have fought the urge to walk up and ask them, "Dude, how do you get to be that way?"

Carolina Seashore (JTodd Burroughs) - I was sitting on the beach this past summer, listening to the waves, and watching my kids play in the ocean when it hit me that there really is no place in the world like the beaches of the Carolinas. We had just recently moved from the midwest where the ocean is an idea that requires a significant outlay of cash to see. As I sat in my chair and surveyed my surroundings, this song basically wrote itself. The sounds of the ocean, the sun, the sand, the food, the drink all served to make going to the beach what it is. I sat right out there with a beer in one hand and my cell phone in the other and sent myself a series of text messages that contained the lyrics to this summertime tune. The music was easy, too, as I just listened to the sound of the waves and attempted to mimic that rhythmic ebb and flow in the music itself.

Country Fun (JTodd Burroughs) - This song was another where the music came before the lyrics. It began with the opening guitar riff and then developed into an uptempo piece. I was sitting in the basement of my house listening to it and thought it sounded kind of like a party song. That''s when I started thinking back to the kinds of things we did growing up in South Carolina. There''s not much to do growing up in a small town, but when there''s a lake, some friends, some beer, something to grill, and something to burn, then there''s a party. Everyone can think of a time sitting around a fire with a bunch of friends until the wee hours of the morning, listening to music and just hanging out. That''s what this song is all about; having fun and hanging out with friends.

Daddy''s Shoes (JTodd Burroughs) - I actually wrote the lyrics to this song sitting in the living room of my parents'' home on Father''s Day weekend. I performed it before it was finished, just a couple of strummed chords with a scrap of paper sitting on the music stand in front of me with portions of the chorus scratched out and rewritten just minutes before I sang it. It''s an anthem about a father''s impact on a boy''s life as he was growing up. As I sat down to work out the musical arrangement, I decided that the essence of the song was its simplicity, and that its power was in the message. For that reason, with the exception of the bass line, this song has an entirely acoustic arrangement and a one-part harmony.

Directions (JTodd Burroughs) - Everyone from the south knows how directions are given - "Drive down to where the old Davey Tree Company used to be and turn left." If you don''t know where the old Davey Tree Company used to be? Well I guess you need to find out where it used to be, then you''ll know where you''re supposed to go. This song is a quick snapshot of how directions work down south.

Acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards and vocals performed by JTodd Burroughs. Bass and drums, recording, mixing and mastering done by JTodd using Sonar LE software and interfaces. Photography and artistic design by JTodd. For more information and the latest news on JTodd Burroughs music, go to https://www.tradebit.com or become a fan on the artist page on Facebook. I hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as I enjoyed working on it. Thanks! J.T.

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