“Twilight” Star Billy Burke Talks Tom Waits, Music, “Drive Angry”
Check out this exclusive, five-minute clip where Burke talks about playing guitar–he describes his early skills—until someone turned him on to Tom Waits, who Burke dubs as flawless and says is solely responsible for making him want to learn to play piano.
Removed is Burke’s new album, and he culled the songs from a large collection of tunes that he has written through the years. Some of these songs have never seen the light of day till now; good thing he is a musical pack rat, of sorts! Check out his lilting, emotive voice, which pops up throughout this interview. He even talks about writing a song on a cocktail napkin and, of course, he divulges a little bit about his next flick alongside Nicolas Cage, Drive Angry.
Less talking, more watching.
Billy Burke — The Foundation Room, West Hollywood
For his CD release party last night, Billy Burke gave Hollywood some real grit.
Performing selections from his solo debut, Removed, Burke made the typically trendy Foundation Room at the House of Blues feel like a backwoods watering hole, and that’s no easy task. With faint candle light and a packed room filled with what looked like a bunch of Nordstrom’s models, Burke transported everyone into a smoky thought-provoking realm that was way more film noir than modern couture. In fact, Burke’s transformative show stood out as poignant, powerful and poetic all at once, just like Removed.
Right now, Burke’s Bella Swan’s dad in the Twilight series and, unless you’re a vampire with no access to On-Demand, you’ve seen him. However, you really need to hear him.
Burke blends a gravelly, sensitive delivery a la Ray LaMontagne with a vivid lyrical sensibility that’s somewhere between Tom Waits and Charles Bukowski. In other words, Burke churns out bluesy and ballsy songs that’ll make you think, but still work for a drink. He kicked off the set with a meandering melody for “Son,” and his cinematic lyrics resounded. Instantly, Burke transfixed the whole crowd.
“Pollyanna Rose” started with a smooth countrified stomp that quickly shifted into a poppy hook that was impossible not to hum along to. Afterwards, Burke announced, “It’s been a long time since I’ve played.”
From how pristine his voice was, it certainly didn’t feel like it. A gospel twang wrapped around the soaring harmonies on “Vodka Knows,” as Burke espoused street prophet-style witticism in the words. The album’s title track, “Removed” then seesawed from a somber verse into an uplifting refrain—definitely one of the evening’s most infectious.
Burke didn’t say much between songs, but a smile here and there said all he needed to. He truly feels at home on stage, and the charisma was instantly palpable. “Seeing Angels” provided an epic segue into the show’s final strains with pianos and massive harmonies.
As Burke sauntered away after the final song, it was clear that even though he’s Kristen Stewart’s old man in Twilight, he’s got a whole lot of new tricks up his sleeve when he gets behind the mic.
Twilight’s Billy Burke debuts music video
- Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: The Twilight Saga actor brood might well be the most musically talented bunch of any cast of a non-musical production. Recently, yet another Twilight star has stepped up his musical game—this time it’s Billy Burke.
Via his newly-launched web site (http://www.billyburke.net/), Billy Burke released the video for his single “Removed”. Fans subscribing to his site awoke to find links to the music video in their inbox, as well as an announcement for a giveaway to the premiere of Eclipse. Yet, all fans may access the video—and the contest—by heading to the web site itself.
In contrast with the character he plays in the Twilight Saga (Bella’s middle-aged loner of a father, Charlie Swan) Billy Burke exudes a much younger, much cooler persona in real life. In his video, web site gallery, and red carpet shots, Burke appears sans moustache, »
Twilight’ Star Billy Burke to Release a Music Album This Summer
Anyone who’s watched the facial expressions and subtle tone shifts offered by Billy Burke in any of his films, but especially the Twilight series as the lovable Charlie Swan, knows that the guy is just extraordinary.
So, to hear that he’s making a very serious step into the world of music is surprising . . . and quite exciting!
Yesterday, Burke announced on his Twitter page that he is planning to release an album sometime this summer, and if he can get somewhere in the range of a million followers on his page, he’d be willing to give away “a few hundred thousand singles” and “shak[e] up the labels and suits.”
Burke, who’s been in the film industry for around twenty years, assured his fans that this was not going to be the typical actor-turned-mediocre-musician situation.
Said he, “I promise it won’t be what’s expected. I realize the bad taste it can leave in your mouth when an actor decides to take a musical ego trip..”
Burke is in the process, it seems, of preparing a website for interested fans to sign up at and keep tabs on details regarding his summer record release.
More details will be posted here as they come in.