When I moved out to California, I drove cross-country with my dad. We ate a lot and stopped at every major college town along the way. I took my picture in front of Touchdown Jesus. We couldn’t get a hotel in Cheyenne, WY, because there was a rodeo in town and everyone was booked. That was the first time I ever tasted sauce with chipotle in it. I wasn’t sure how it was pronounced. None of this has anything to do with the Synthesis Band You’ve Never Heard of Band of the Day for today, Thursday, Jan. 17th, 2008. His name is Kevin Burdick, which I guess technically makes him a guy and not necessarily a band, but he’s got some pretty tight musicians playing behind him.
He’s a singer/songwriter/pianist, and he’s from Salt Lake City, UT, one of the stops me and my pops made along I-80. I think we had McDonald’s there. And we bought really expensive gas. I didn’t really look around too much, so I can’t really give an informed opinion, but I wasn’t all that stoked on Salt Lake City. It was surrounded by a desert that I hauled ass through while my dad snored away in the passenger seat, and the lake, which I thought was really picturesque, is in actuality so salty that nothing can live in it. That’s a bummer. Luckily, Kevin Burdick’s music is anything but. His bio describes himself as the love child of Elton John and Ben Folds. Tough company, but Burdick’s certainly not off-base. He’s got the right amount of humor, the right amount of schmaltz that make his songs truly fist-pump worthy. Check out him out online and, you know, on MySpace.