In the early 1970s, Larry Burnett was among standouts from Washington, DC’s active singer-songwriter scene who jumped to the national stage. On Saturday, he’ll appear on a local stage as part of the Songs, Stories and Gas Money concert series at the Barns at Hamilton Station.
Burnett was playing open-mic sessions at the famed Cellar Door when he was recruited by Rick Roberts—who had been playing with Grams Parson’s backing band and as part of the ground-breaking The Flying Burrito Brothers—to join his new band Firefall, along with Mark Andes, of Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne.
That started a decade long run of touring across the nation and world. Firefall landed a number of chart hits, led by “You Are the Woman,” which topped out at #9 in 1976 and “Just Remember I Love You” (1977) and “Strange Way,” (1978) that reached #11. Another 1977 hit was “Cinderella,” a song Burnett penned nearly 10 years earlier at the age of 16.
But the pressures of the road and recording took their toll. Andes and drummer Michael Clarke left the band in 1980. Burnett left the band in the middle of a 1981 tour to enter rehab for drug use and Roberts dissolved the band to pursue a solo career. After many years as a popular classic rock disc jockey on DC’s 105.9 WCXR, he returned to the studio in 2004 to record the solo EP “Confidence Game.” More recently, he collaborated with Leesburg’s Don Chapman to record the “Guitars and Vocals” CD in 2009.
It is that pair who will take the stage Saturday during the intimate listening room setting at the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards. Chapman, along with Stilson Greene, is a founder of the concert series, which affords artists the opportunity to share stories about their life and musical journeys as well as the little-known tales behind many of their best-known songs.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Season passes are offered for $75.
The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards is located at 16804 Hamilton Station Road just north of Hamilton.
For details, go to thebarnsathamiltonstation.com.