× Tré Burt's "Traffic Fiction" European tour announced

Tré Burt's "Traffic Fiction" European tour announced


Tré Burt was standing on a stage in Philadelphia in early 2023 when the latest bit of bad news arrived: His grandfather, a native of that very city, was dead. It wasn’t entirely unexpected. For years, Tommy Burt had struggled with early-onset dementia, slipping away a bit more each time Burt saw him. Burt even began recording his grandfather, letting his tape recorder roll as they had some of their final conversations. He wanted to preserve those moments, however repetitious or fragmented they might be, before the opportunity vanished forever. In fact, Traffic Fiction —Burt’s third album on Oh Boy Records and an unexpected musical reinvention rooted in his new and idiosyncratic version of classic soul—also preserves their relationship by committing another key piece of it to tape. The soul that animates so many of these 14 tracks? That was the music shared by grandfather and grandson.

Burt’s California childhood was not easy. His parents split when he was young, so he would often shuttle between their houses in Sacramento and the Bay Area. He was a bit of a wild child, too. From time to time, though, he would accompany his father to work at a plant nursery, riding shotgun in a 1975 Cadillac Seville as they listened to The Delfonics and Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. Those drives were his sanctuary, that music their blessed score. 

But as Burt became a musician himself, he was a peripatetic troubadour, tapping into American folk and blues partly as a matter of necessity—it’s not sensible to busk, after all, with some sophisticated band at your back. Bits of those other roots and compositional ambitions finally emerged on 2021’s You, Yeah, You, the vivid result of Burt’s first proper studio sessions. On Traffic Fiction, they are in full bloom, from the sweet country-soul surrealism of the title track to the skywriting rock of “2 For Tha Show,” Burt as urgent and commanding as he’s ever been. Traffic Fiction is the sound of Burt confidently bending a sentimental past to his present will.

Today we're announcing Tré Burt's European tour on Traffic Fiction, on sale tomorrow:

03/04: Bremen, DE - Schlachthof
04/04: Odense, DK - Dexter
05/04: Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar
06/04: Malmö, SWE - Folk å Rock
07/04: Oslo, NO - Rövarstaden
09/04: Uppsala, SWE - Katalin
10/04: Stockholm, SWE - Twang
11/04: Visby, SWE - Hotell Börs
12/04: Falkenberg, SWE - Tryckhallen
13/04: Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache
15/04: Zürich, CH - El Lokal
16/04: Savona, IT - Rain Dogs
17/04: Milan, IT - Arci Bellezza
18/04: Übersee, DE - Freiraum
19/04: Roding, DE - Tennis Club
20/04: Schwäbisch Hall, DE - Anlagencafe
21/04: Haarlem, NL - Roots of Heaven
23/04: Hassocks, UK - Mid Sussex Music Hall
24/04: Beverley, UK - The Sun Inn
25/04: Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
26/04: Cardiff, UK - All Saints Church in Llandaff North
27/04: Stockport, UK - The Roman Lakes
28/04: London, UK - The Social

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