Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Bureman & O'Rourke Somebody Give Me A Smile Happiness Records 1976
Yet another private press country LP from the Kansas City area. I got this one from a good friend in a trade and was excited to hear it. This particular LP doesn't command much online, however, there's another album by the duo of Bureman & O'Rourke titled Strawberry Pickins that is usually labeled "rural folk" and can sell for a decent amount.
This LP is far too produced to be considered rural folk. Very much a product of 1976. It's borders on Eagles influences, very much a light rock affair with a lot of country affliction. It does have it's moments of country rock or roots rock throughout, but the most of the album leans on acoustic guitar as the lead and vocal harmonies. For the most part, the two write most their own material, with only a few cover tunes. Lyrically, they aren't an amazing, but the tunes are worthwhile overall.
The LP lists the Happiness Records as based in Leawood, KS. So it's apparent the band resided there. In fact, there's some evidence that the band pal'd around with the Overland Park band, River Rock, as the Strawberry Pickins LP appears to be some sort of reference to the Strawberry Patch, which must have been some sort of local venue for these local pickers and country artists. River Rock lists one of their albums as recorded at the venue.
Also, you can still find the duo performing locally. Apparently, they play regularly at Wil & Jenny's in Overland Park, KS. Further, Tim O'Rourke still releases music on a regular basis.