Track Premiere: George Usher & Lisa Burns

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Ace tune culled from forthcoming album, due in early April…

By Blurt Staff

New York songwriters George Usher and Lisa Burns are prepping the release of their song-cycle collaboration, The Last Day Of Winter, due April 7 on Near and Dear Music. We’re able to exclusively premiere a new song from the album, “The Ferryman’s Name.” Check it out:

Usher has been a fixture on the NY scene since the early ’80s, when his band the Decoys were mainstays of CBGBs and Village club scene. While putting in time with local legends Beat Rodeo, the Bongos, and the Schramms, Usher formed House Of Usher and the George Usher Group, releasing many well-received albums. As a songwriter, he’s also made his mark with songs recorded by Laura Cantrell, Richard Barone and Edward Rogers. Burns, meanwhile, has also been a consistent presence in New York music circles since the late ‘70s. Her Lisa Burns (MCA) album was produced by Craig Leon, and stints followed with Velveteen and country-folkers The Lovin’ Kind. In recent years, Burns has released a series of critically acclaimed folk-pop albums.

Their collaboration emerged under, in Usher’s words, difficult circumstances: Unable to use his hands or play any instruments for over two years due to the chemo treatments from his long battle with cancer, he composed 12 song lyrics full of reflection and reverie that Burns has put to music. The Eric Ambel-produced set is, to say the least, delightfully eclectic, essaying folkrock, country and stripped-down, intimate pop.

Bonus beats: Watch the video for new song “More Than That I Cannot Say”:

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