The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was president. Saturday Night Fever had begun fueling the disco revolution to stifle Rock and Roll for years to come, but Stevie Wonder still held the Grammy for best album with Songs in the Key of Life. Elvis Presley had a little over three months left. Star Wars was set to break all box office records. And Todd Britton was born.
Raised on Motown, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, Todd developed a taste for a range of musical styles. In high school, he formed a rock quartet with Will Meyer, Matt Pennington, and Brannon Fitch called The Cat's Pajamas. Writing most of the music with Will Meyer, the band went on to record two albums that were sold primarily at shows. Along with their originals, the band's catalog contained a huge assortment of covers ranging form jazz standards such as Minor Swing to rock classics such as Pink Floyd's Breathe. The Cat's Pajamas gigged actively through the members' college years until graduation sent them in different directions.
Todd moved to Columbia, SC, and began writing and recording his own music in late December of 2000. The first complete solo work was Cold Monday. It's a collection of mostly-acoustic songs with a traditional feel. It was recorded in the back room of a tiny house in the Shandon district of Columbia. The CD was passed around and gained some regional popularity while Todd occasionally performed acoustic shows to showcase the songs.
While writing music for Cold Monday, Todd began studying guitar under Robert Newton, a local guitar instructor who also taught many other regionally-known artists. Only months after the album was completed, he began working on music for the next, co-writing music with Newton as well as former Cat's PJ, Will Meyer, who was and is still a frequent collaborator with Todd. The second album, BAGI, was finished and floated to the underground of Columbia. It, too, enjoyed some local buzz.
Soon after the release of BAGI, Todd moved to a larger place and built a more suitable studio. Local and regional musicians use Circuit Rider Studios, to cultivate ideas and "put them to tape". Todd has been practicing the skill of producing material for other artists such as Ryan Monroe, Danielle Howle, and Dave Britt, while continuing to use the studio to record and produce his own work.
The latest vehicle for Todd's work is Analog Moon. This new band plays some of the older written material as well as newer songs written specifically for this project. Other members include or have included Rusty Ginn, Chris Jones, Chris Deaver, Mike Mills, James Ervin, and Brian Sansbury. Since forming the group in early 2005, Analog Moon has grown in popularity in the southeast and is expected to expand that popularity far beyond home. Todd also continues to dabble in other projects and performs solo from time to time as well.