Gary Burr, born in Meriden, Connecticut, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, primarily in the country music genre. Many of the songs he has written have become Top-10 hits, the first of which was “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me” released by Juice Newton (#7 on Billboard’s Hot 100) in 1982. He became a member of the group Pure Prairie League (1982 to 1985), taking over after Vince Gill departed the group. Burr later moved to Nashville to focus on his songwriting career, though he has continued performing and is currently a member of the Blue Sky Riders. He has written and co-written songs for many country artists (The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, etc.), and a few songs for Pop and Rock artists (Juice Newton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Lisa Loeb).
Georgia took a job as a songwriter for Polygram Records in 1997. Soon after she was signed by Giant Records. The label released her debut in 2001, after she had scored two country radio hits in the U.S.
Middleman co-wrote Radney Foster‘s 1998 single “I’m In,” which was later released as a single by The Kinleys in 2000 and Keith Urban in 2009. She also co-wrote Tracy Lawrence‘s 2004 single “It’s All How You Look at It” and Sarah Buxton‘s 2006 debut single “Innocence.”
NPR dubbed her breakout 2017 release, Lucky Strike, one of the year’s best, while her 2019 follow-up, Violets as Camouflage, earned similar raves, with the Nashville Scene calling it “magnificent” and Rolling Stone hailing its mix of “classic country twang and “gentle chamber-pop.” “When I recognized that my marriage was over, it was awful,” she reflects. “I came to understand that I was hanging on to something that I needed to be open to the idea of letting go of. It was an incredibly difficult thing to come to terms with, and an even more brutal thing to act on, but I just couldn’t hide from the truth any longer.”
When Bragg began a new relationship with a woman, the news wasn’t particularly well received within parts of her traditional, Southern family at first. Through all the turmoil and uncertainty, though, she worked hard to set better emotional boundaries and to treat herself with the same love, kindness, and respect she showed to others. Day by day, she learned to better trust her instincts, to listen to her gut in an effort to become the fullest, most honest version of herself she could.
Texas Lifestyle Magazine chose The Accidentals as the “band to see” at Austin City Limits, SXSW, calling them defiant, young – powerful, and undaunted.”
Female –fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals, (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring nationally, seventeen festivals, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies and FOX sports, and a RAM Trucks BANDvan #tourtough commercial.
In 2019 they released a self titled LIVE album and a single with New West Records, and toured the UK. They scored the indie film “ Almost Home”, and taught workshops across the country. The band toured 150 dates, including backing up Keller Williams, Gabriel Kahane, and Martin Sexton on strings. They wrapped 2019 as guest artists with the TSO Orchestra on original pieces they scored and arranged.
The Accidentals ushered in 2020 at NAMM, representing Takamine, Fender, LR Baggs, SBC cases, Shure, Liquid Violins, NS design, Roland, Boss, Dream Cymbals, and D’Addario, followed by Folk Alliance International and SXSW.
In 2021 They released TIME OUT, an album of co-writes with legendary writers, Dar Williams, Tom Paxton, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kim Richey, Maia Sharp, and Gretchen Peters, artists that inspired them to become artists (Wildfire went to #1 at Folk and NACC radio) and they finished their much anticipated studio Album, Vessel, co-produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray) and Tucker Martine (Nico Case, Decemberists) touring the album all of Oct and November before Covid shut down the live shows again. Their songs Cityview and The Line won first place in the prestigious USA Songwriting Contest, Songwriter Serenade, and Kerrville Folk Festival competitions.
In true Accidentals fashion, they powered through and continued to co-write over zoom and release TIME OUT 2 in the spring of 22, while collaborating with Kaboom Collective Studio Youth Orchestra on the Reimagined Album, allowing the students to score and record thirteen of their back catalogue songs. The Reimagined Album prompted the band to take all forty students on tour for three weeks in the summer of 22, including headlining plays at Mile of Music Festival and a sold out Frederick Meijer Gardens Show.
Sav and Katie added String parts to 13 other artists’ albums between 2020 and 2022 and backed up Keller Williams, Peter Mulvey, Brendan James, and Kim Richey in concert.
They are barely taking a breath in 23 as they kick the year off with a covers album, the first single dropping the end of January, a TIME OUT 3 album and Tour in March and a FAN Cruise and Bike Tour to Croatia in June.
Pop Matters Magazine say’s, “you can’t define the Accidentals by comparison to any one band”, comparing them to a mash up of influences including, “Decemberists, Avett Brothers, Beatles, and Brandi Carlile.
NPR calls them “some of the most compelling songwriters of our time”.
Their music can be found online, all the streaming platforms, Barnes and Noble, and at their shows. Show schedule can be found at Bandsintown and on their website at www.theaccidentalsmusic.com