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Spencer Burton’s story is that of the travelling troubadour; the roaming raconteur, passing from place to place, collecting and sharing stories with an aversion to permanence. With each stop on the journey, he leaves a piece of himself behind but acquires a new one to carry forward.

Many of the songs and stories from Burton’s latest LP, Don’t Let The World See Your Love, stem from people and places he encountered on the road. “I was just disappearing on my motorcycle,” he begins, “riding into the middle of nowhere by myself. Some of the album was written in St. John’s, Newfoundland; some was written in Peterborough, Ontario. One song came from Dawson City in the Yukon, and I think I even wrote one in Nashville.”

Co-produced by his longtime friend and collaborator Dan Romano, the songs of which he speaks are minimalistic in arrangement, keeping Burton’s delicate, sometimes austere vocals ever at the forefront. They borrow from the southern sounds of folk and country of yore, like a tired old soul’s night at the Opry with more contemporary melodic musings. It’s a fresh take on traditional stylings that’s endearing, enveloping, inviting, and tied together by an always lush, sometimes-fragile voice and the compelling stories it relays.

Burton’s growth as a musician to date is a journey in itself, beginning with roots in raucous punk rock as part of Attack in Black and followed by the more sombre, country-tinged sounds of Grey Kingdom. It was as Grey Kingdom that Burton released his first two solo offerings, the more recent of which was 2012’s Light, I’ll Call Your Name Out “Darkness.” While the album received its share of accolades, it carried a notably dark timbre and lyrical undertone that its creator never fully embraced. That informed a different thematic direction for Don’t Let The World See Your Love and the abandonment of the Grey Kingdom moniker.
“These are the songs I’d always wanted to write,” he shares about his latest collection. “Because of that, I didn’t need any mystery or ambiguity; I didn’t feel like I needed to hide behind a different name anymore.” It’s fitting, then, that the song “Grey Kingdom” is about the way things change.

Lyrically, the other offerings cover an array of topics, from love and friendship to feelings of isolation and disorientation with no sense of home or belonging. One was even born of a used car deal gone awry, though that’s not as evident in the finished product. “I found that, a lot of times, I’d start writing about one thing and ended up with a song about something else,” Burton reveals. “There’s still a lot about feelings and emotion, but they’re set in a more universal context.”

Musically, the songs themselves are equally as compelling. Lead-off track “Death of Gold” is saturated in multi-part harmonies and pairs gorgeous, glistening pedal steel with quick-picked licks. Conversely, “Diamond” offers an engaging lyrical narrative anchored by the simple sounds of calloused fingers on old guitar strings. The title track begins with a deep baritone vocal, reminiscent of Cohen or Cash, before its impactful chorus strikes a rich emotional chord. Though they’re stylistically diverse, the constant throughout them all is the purity and passion of the voice they carry.

When it comes to Burton’s live performances, it could simply be the singer, six strings, and a handful of songs, or a full band bringing an added element to the songs. In either case, audiences will connect instantly with his earnest but delicate delivery.

Connection and collection. Both are at the heart of Spencer Burton’s artistic output – connecting with people and places, collecting their stories, and then sharing them to start the cycle all over again.
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Spencer Burton's 'Don't Let The World See Your Love' Out Today!

Spencer Burton's new LP, Don't Let The World See Your Love, is out now.

"It's Burton's flawless, mesmerizing voice that commands each of the 11 songs" - Exclaim!

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Spencer Burton "Don't Let The World See Your Love" Pre-Order

Presale is now live for Spencer Burton's new record, Don't Let The World See Your Love.

Physical pre-orders include Mint Green vinyl, custom Spencer Burton Anchorhead Coffee blend, enamel coffee cups, and a curated envelope filled with original notes and recipes from the man himself. Pre-order">bit.ly now.

Digital pre-orders include exclusive downloads of "Death of Gold" and "Diamond" demos. Purchase">geni.us via iTunes.
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Spencer Burton unveils "Diamond" from new album

Spanning a musical life with hardcore beginnings (Attack In Black), to the somber strings of his acoustic guitar in his country-folk infused (Grey Kingdom), Spencer Burton is a mainstay musical virtuoso. He marks his return with new track "Diamond," premiering exclusively today and available to fans to download:

exclaim.ca target="_blank">Click to hear "Diamond" exclusively on Exclaim!


Releasing simply under Spencer Burton, his new album (and his third solo offering) was produced with Daniel Romano -- it will come out on Dine Alone Records this fall.

“I rode motorcycles, long and lonely, fell in with the wrong people, drank everything I could to pass the time and put the pain away,” reflected Spencer of the days spent crossing Canada, culminating the muses and memories that would weave into the stories he’s told on this new album.

Spencer will play a couple select shows over this week’s CMW festivities, including an intimate in-store performance at Ben Sherman (734 Queen West) and the Dakota Tavern - both slotted for Thursday, May 8. Further details about Spencer’s new album and upcoming tour news will be announced soon.

Spencer Burton at Canadian Music Week
May 8 – Ben Sherman (734 Queen St. West) – 2:00-3:30PM FREE
May 8 – Dakota Tavern – 10:00PM
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Grey Kingdom to play Fish Quill Poetry Boat tour

Grey Kingdom's Spencer Burton is gearing up for quite the tour this June. Burton will be traveling alongside a group of artists, authors and poets for the Fish Quill Poetry Boat Festival tour on a 10 day excursion via canoe through parts of Ontario. Aside from Grey Kingdom, the lineup of the indiegogo-funded excursion features poets Linda Besner, Leigh Kotsilidis, David Seymour, Gillian Savigny and Stewart Cole. If you're interested in supporting the tour, click www.indiegogo.com target="_blank">HERE to find out how.

Check out a list of where the canoe will be pulling onto shore below and RSVP to your date www.facebook.com target="_blank">HERE.

Fish Quill Poetry Boat Festival Dates
June 13 - Toronto, ON - Tranzac Club
June 15 - Elora, ON - Beaver House
June 16 - West Montrose, ON - West Montrose Kissing Bridge
June 17 - Kitchener, ON - Words Worth Books
June 19 - Cambridge, ON - Wired Up Pugs Cafe
June 20 - Paris, ON - Cedar House
June 21 - Brantford, ON - Station Coffee House & Gallery
June 23 - Six Nations of the Grand River Territory - Chiefswood National Heritage Site

Following the tour, Grey Kingdom will be performing at a series of festivals including Sappy Fest from August 2-4 in Sackville, NB and the Festival of Good Things on August 31 in Sarnia, ON. You can keep up with tour dates bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.
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Grey Kingdom begins Canadian tour, win tickets via Exclaim!

Grey Kingdom will tour Canada this month supporting JUNO-winning songwriter Old Man Luedecke. The tour will kick off on October 17 in Winnipeg, with both tunesmiths heading across the country in November. Full tour dates can be found www.dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

Exclaim! Magazine is giving away tickets in select cities, including copies of both Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness" and Luedecke's Tender Is The Night.

www.facebook.com target="_blank">Click HERE to enter for tickets to Grey Kingdom and Old Man Luedecke in a city near you.

Grey Kingdom's beautifully haunting sophomore release, Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness" is available now. Stream the full album via Exclaim! right exclaim.ca target="_blank">HERE, and purchase it on iTunes itunes.apple.com target="_blank">HERE.
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