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A traditional country sound coming from some of the country music artists today is a rare thing. If you think every single country artist out there is somehow a blend between pop and two doors past country, meet Jerry Burkhart. Jerry has been playing country since his parents bought him his first guitar at the tender age of 5. As with every talented country musician, Jerryís first musical impressions came from artists like Ernest Tubb and George Jones. He also honed his singing craft in the choir of his church in Aquilla, Texas. He says, ìWhen I think about my younger years, I recall spending every Saturday night in my hometown of Aquilla listening to the Opry on the radio with my parents. I imagined what it would be like to play up on that stage.î After his graduation from high school, Jerry married his sweetheart Rhonda. He then started working in his fatherís auto shop. One of Jerry's friends asked him to sing at a band rehearsal. This rekindled his interest in making his way to the Opry stage because he recognized he still had untapped musical potential. He began a band called, "Runnin' On Empty" and proceeded to run all over Texas. A few years of singing the honky tonk circuit and getting his name out there made many people take notice of his skill. On a trip to Nashville Jerry met with many Music Row figures. One of these people was musical producer Jerry Cupit. In 1999, Jerry was signed a solo recording deal with Cupit Records. Since that time, Jerry has opened for artists like David Lee Murphy, Earl thomas Conley, Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel.

Jerryís debut CD, Cryiní Country, is a good example of how to put together a great country sound without leaving traditional country behind. The song, "Thereís A Light At The End of the Tunnel", give you the feeling youíre in in the middle of a country church meeting.

Country's faithful will also appreciate the message behind songs like "Geronimo" and "Cry, Baby, Cry". For a first time effort, Jerry has put together a great 10 song piece of work.

For more information, take a look at Jerryís website here: