Project BeYouToFull is a project that celebrates authenticity!!! It will include a series of photos and interviews from people that inspire either me or you. We live in a world where we are confronted in every direction we turn with things/people/situations telling us who we should or should not be. In reality the more we embrace exactly who we are the more we can vulnerably pour that into what we create, the more that will resonate with other people around us. Loving ourselves FULLY and then expressing ourselves vulnerably is one of the most courageous things a person can do. This project celebrates those who do just that!!!
"Break the rules and stand apart. Ignore your head and follow your heart"
Greg Burton Interview
by Marcelina Robledo and Nyah Prine
Greg Burton, known by his stage name G Burton, is a singer/songwriter who performs regularly in the Cincinnati and N. Kentucky area. With a warm and perpetual smile on his face, G Burton exudes happiness and is quick with a joke or a funny observation. G Burton is one of those fellas who instantly connects with you, whether he is talking directly with you or is on stage singing into a mic and strummin’ his guitar.
We met up with him on a bright and warm summer morning in Newport, KY. Generous with his time, Greg agreed to have my young assistant Nyah Prine, who is nine years old, and me ask interview questions.
NP: What is your elevator pitch of who you are?
GB: My name is Greg Burton. I go by G. Burton, and I write songs. I play around Cincinnati. I try to be a good man.
NP: I’ve heard you play.
GB: You did? Do you like my songs?
NP: Yes. (nodding)
GB: Nice! Thank you!
MR: What type of songs do you write?
GB: You know, I guess you can say, songwriter….if that is a genre…singer/songwriter, folk, poppy, country. I don’t really know (chuckling) hard to pigeon-hole.
MR: Who do you listen to then? Who is on your playlist?
GB: Well right now I’ve been getting into the Ink Spots from way back, the 1940’s type of music, such as, If I Didn’t Care, that kind of stuff. As far as influences, I have to say Americana, such as, Ryan Adams, Emmy Lou Harris, Lucinda Williams, that type of thing…three chords. (chuckling)
NP: What makes you come alive?
GB: What makes me come alive? Um, enjoying something that moves me. You know like good movie, or if I have I hear a good a song and I’m moved by it. Then it makes me want to be as good as that.
NP: It inspires you?
GB: Yeah totally!
NP: What makes you vulnerable?
GB: Oh man…I don’t know…these are hard questions! (laughing) I’m not sure in the state of Kentucky I can really answer THAT one. (more laughing) What makes me vulnerable? Um, well, I guess the songs that I write are, you know, are kind of like a blanket. They are pretty personal. So therefore, I guess, I’m vulnerable that way.
MR: What are the some of the topics of your songs?
GB: You know, love. Boy meets girl. Girl dumps boy, visa versa. Yeah, that’s about it. Love. Life. Fun.
NP: What is beautiful to you?
GB: There are more things that are beautiful than not. Specifically? I don’t want be cliché, but waking up to this beautiful day. Boots, really well-made boots. I like hats. Girlfriend, that’s a given.
NP: Where can folks find you both virtually and in person.
GB: I can be found at www.TheGBurtonStory.com and Facebook GregoryBurton. It’s better if you find me on Facebook, because I’m on there every day. As far as a current schedule, go to Facebook. I’m really bad at data entry and keeping that stuff current on the website. (laughing at himself)
MR: Do you have places where you play regularly?
GB: Every Thursday I’m at Phelps, at the top of the park. Fridays I’m usually at 1215 Bar, that’s where I’ll be tonight, on Vine Street next to Bakersfield. First Saturday of every month I’m at the Blind Lemon. I do the Golden Lamb a lot. I’m at Potbelly every Saturday in Norwood. That’s what is happening now.