Armed with a voice that The Nashville Rage has described as “awakening on a sunny morning, a breeze whispering through soft curtains . . . rumpled, a little seductive, and highly musical,” Tennessee native, Clare Burson, independently released her full-length debut album, The In-Between, to much critical acclaim in the spring of 2003. This collection of 10 original songs has landed on the ‘best of’ lists of record stores and radio stations in the U.S. and the U.K. and was reviewed as one of the top DIY recordings of 2004 by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Tracks from The In-Between were included on 2 widely distributed compilation albums and have been featured on the new ABC drama, Six Degrees, and the WB’s Dawson’s Creek. Irish singer Maura O’Connell chose to record Clare’s song, ‘Hold On,’ for her 2004 Sugar Hill release, Don’t I Know.
Following the success of The In-Between, Clare and producer/ multi-instrumentalist, Lex Price (Mindy Smith), set out to develop ideas for her next record. The result is her latest release, Idaho, a five-track collaborative album recorded during the winter months of 2004/2005 with David Henry (David Mead, Cowboy Junkies), Neilson Hubbard (Garrison Starr, Matthew Ryan), Fognode (Sarah Siskind, Cortney Tidwell) and Lex Price. Idaho clearly pays homage to the wistful melancholy of The In-Between. On this recording, however, driving rhythm tracks and darkly ambient electric guitars add an assertive edge to Clare’s elegant and plainspoken lyrics. In his review of Idaho for The Riverfront Times, Roy Kasten observed that “if Lucinda Williams grew up on Yo La Tengo ballads instead of Hank Williams blues, she'd sound something like Clare Burson.”
Albums like The In-Between and Idaho have and will continue to establish Clare as songwriter of note; Clare was a finalist in both the 2004 USA Songwriting Contest and the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Her first experiences with music, however, were as a classical violinist and later as a Bluegrass, Irish, and Klezmer fiddler. It wasn’t until she left Tennessee to study history at Brown University that Clare began to teach herself the guitar and turn her focus towards writing and performing her own music.
After college and a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, Clare moved to Boston, where open mike nights quickly translated into headlining slots both in the Boston area and in New York City. Simultaneously, Clare had the opportunity to record a 5 song EP, Undone, with L.A.-based producer T-Bone Burnett and Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Mark Collie. In 2001, Clare moved back to Tennessee, where she quickly garnered the respect, praise, and friendship of her fellow producers, players and writers whose credits include Josh Rouse, Patty Griffin, Mindy Smith, John Prine, Matthew Ryan, Lucinda Williams, and Alison Krauss.
Currently located in Brooklyn, NY, Clare is poised to follow Idaho with her most accomplished work to date. Her highly anticipated sophomore release, Thieves, is due out in the spring of 2007.