The Burned, Kurt Baumann’s once solo project now backed by Orcas musicians Kevin Colomby, Bruce Harvie and Jeffrey Horton, is a bridge between worlds. It’s the bridge where Johnny Cash and Pink Floyd meet. It’s the bridge between physical and visual experience. Baumann’s music and lyrics are said to be bridges to the soul. Join a summer celebration of The Burned at Orcas Center on the main stage Friday, Aug. 24. Special guest Katie Gray opens the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under.
The Burned will debut songs off a brand new album titled “Blood of the Land.” Baumann’s new songs exhibit the storytelling, rootsy feel of epic ballads heard during his Texas childhood blended with the psychedelic rock of today.
“Blood of the land goes even further into the Texas side of my being. Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson – those guys were always big inspirations to me, but I chased rock ‘n’ roll thinking they didn’t have it. When I embraced my country roots, I really did embrace it, and everything’s just been so good,” Baumann said.
The Burned, with hit songs on smash TV series like “Gossip Girl,” will also play several songs off “Dark Red Sun,” the first in a series of EP’s released by the band.
“In the past, my writing has been more esoteric. And while I love mysterious songs that are open to individual interpretation, sometimes people are confused about the meaning,” Baumann said. “The new songs aim to revive classic storytelling, but with rock tones and textures added along the way.”