Press Kit


Short Bio

David Burchfield is a folk singer not content to stay within genre boundaries. With a guitar like a cannon and a booming voice, Burchfield's performances draw the attention of even the rowdiest rooms to his evocative lyrics, emotional candor, and powerful delivery.

Full Bio

David Burchfield learned to perform during summers of nightly campfire shows for 50 or more people, so far back in the mountains that lanterns were the light source and the well was where the water came from. No wonder he plays his guitar like a cannon and belts out lyrics like he’s unplugged even when he isn’t.

Burchfield writes American folk music that’s not content to stay within traditional genre boundaries. Taking cues from Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Gillian Welch, Glen Hansard, and David Ramirez. There is a powerful candor in Burchfield’s writing – raw, emotive, and rich with details that bring the listener right into the scene of his passion. Whether it be tragedy found or narrowly escaped, Burchfield’s writing sounds like the joy of a man who knows how close the dark can creep to the light’s edge. Inspired as much by his native Kansas plains and his current home in the Colorado mountains, the landscapes of his nostalgia are ever present themes in Burchfield’s songwriting.

Over years of performing, Burchfield has played the Middle of the Map Fest, Boulevardia, was featured in the Chevy Music Showcase, and has shared bills with Noah Gundersen, David Ramirez, Joe Pug, the Way Down Wanderers, and Beth Bombara.

Solo, Burchfield performs with a surprising ferocity and emotional delivery that has silenced even the rowdiest of rooms. Critics have called his 5-piece band, David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, akin to “the Band meets the Stray Birds” – equal parts all out rock n roll party and sensitively arranged balladry. Strands of mountain fiddle music and Texas country work their way into this seamless tapestry as well. What is this? Americana through and through – from the mountain campfire to the lights onstage across the country, Burchfield is drawing together his influences into a unique sound with something to say, and he’s singing loud enough to hear.


Press Quotes

“…A band that puts a charming and disarming twist on old-time country, folk and string-band music.” - The Kansas City Star
“If Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver had a cornfed Kansas baby, it might make music a little like that of David Burchfield and the Great Stop. The band's music is spare, lovely and interested in the mystical.” - The Pitch KC
“To label the album as “Americana” is far too broad a brushstroke; Perseids is 33 minutes of comfort food for the ears and the soul.” - The Deli Magazine

“This 9-minute track [All is Well] by Kansas City songwriter David Burchfield begins with a haunting piano/string introduction, gradually adding a rootsy acoustic guitar and transitioning into a beautiful male/female vocal interplay. Though the song incorporates several instrumental elements, it leaves the listener with a breathy, minimalistic feel in the end.” - The Kansas City Star