The Ballad of sally moore - RELEASED 11/27/15
The Ballad of Sally Moore is a new three song EP from Wyoming based singer songwriter Jason Tyler Burton. These songs all tell stories from the seemingly tragic life of Sally Moore, but from different points of view. In the opening track, Road Runner, Sally’s abusive ex-husband compares himself to the wily coyote from cartoon fame and laments “These days I sit staring at the walls, where you left your magazine dreams. I hope you got to see those mountains in the fall. I hope you didn’t have to go too far.” This emotional song sets the tone, while All the Whiskey in the World and the title track offer slightly more upbeat but no less heart-breaking takes on the story of Sally Moore.
This is the first new material from Burton since his 2014 album Headwaters, which made many best-of-the-year lists. Working again with Dave Tate, who also co-produced Headwaters, The Ballad of Sally Moore represents a slightly different sound, with electric guitars, piano, organ, and other instruments creating layers of texture to help convey the raw emotion of the tunes. Burton says he wrote the title track over 10 years ago, but always thought there was more to the story. Much like how he expanded on the Gillian Welch tune with Caleb Meyer’s Ghost on his 2012 album The Mend, Burton here re-visits his own song, adding two more accounts of the life of Sally Moore.
The album cover is an intriguing shot of a girl looking out at the Teton Range in Wyoming, where the nomadic Burton has recently relocated. While The Ballad of Sally Moore hints of a tragic ending, the cover image, combined with Sally's disappearance, suggests the possibility of hope. Burton doesn’t let us off easy, but leaves it to us to consider what happens “when the dust of a life finally clears”.
The Ballad of Sally Moore was released on Burton's Bandcamp site on November 27, 2015 and on iTunes, Amazon, and select digital outlets starting December 18.
All songs by Jason Tyler Burton, copyright 2015, Jason Tyler Burton, ASCAP
JTB - Guitar, Vocals, Violin
Dave Tate - Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ, Bass, Percussion
Produced by Dave Tate at Red Earth Recording Studios, Springdale, UT
Recorded and Mixed by Dave Tate
Mastered by Kendal Osborne of The Closet Studios
Cover photo: Birdy Sheehan by Katie Bell