Creating music isn’t a means to an end, it’s an end with a meaning for Aaron Burdett. Writing and creating songs is rooted somewhere deep in his psyche; it’s something that can’t be denied and must be shared. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.
Aaron is listed as one of the top 10 most important musicians of western North Carolina by WNC Magazine, alongside such greats as Doc Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Avett Brothers. He has also received critical acclaim as a songwriter, winning Our StateMagazine’s Carolina Songs competition in 2012 with “Going Home to Carolina.” Aaron’s song “Magpie” won third place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013, and he took home first place in the bluegrass category there 2021 ( for the 2020 contest) with his song “Rockefeller”. He has enjoyed radio play success with his 2020 release “Dirt Poor” off his album, Dream Rich, Dirt Poor spending time as the number one most played song for the month of October in the Grassician genre. Four songs from Dream Rich, Dirt Poor reached the number 1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana radio chart. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts.
Aaron’s writing is as prolific and genuine as the man. He grew up the oldest of three boys in the fairly isolated small town in Saluda, NC, where the Blue Ridge meets the Smoky Mountains. When Aaron was about 10 years old he was introduced to the music of Cat Stevens, the first of many musical influences that include the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and David Grier. During his teen years, Aaron found his tenor voice in a choral setting and performed in musical theater. In 1992 he went to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina for choral music. In his 20s, he played extensively in Boone, NC and owned a music store that sold instruments and offered lessons.
Aaron’s songs come from his life experiences. He is a successful construction business owner and dedicated family man, all while continuing to write songs and play music, recording an album every year or two.
Aaron has 8 albums Dream Rich, Dirt Poor ( 2020 on Organic Records) , Refuge (2017 on Organic Records), Tinderbox (2015 on Organic records), Fruits of My Labor (2014 on Organic Records), Breathing Underwater (2012), Stand Up Eight (2010), Resolve (2008) , and The Weight of Words (2005).