Alabama has produced its share of country-music stars, and with the emergence
of Weston Burt, the state may be poised to add another to its pedigree. Born in
Fort Payneâ€”the home of iconic supergroup Alabamaâ€”Weston is a commanding
performer steeped in the traditions of Southern rock and country. For the 27-year-
old singer and songwriter, the stage is his home.
â€œThere is nothing I love more than to play,â€ says Weston, who first embarked on
his career in music while attending college at Auburn University. In addition to his
regular class load, Weston played a staggering 150 dates a yearâ€”everywhere from
fraternity parties to clubsâ€”developing a reputation as a dazzling performer, as well
as a tireless work ethic.
â€œIâ€™ve been plugging away at this for years. I didnâ€™t breeze into town expecting a
record deal right away, but it happened almost immediately,â€ he says of his signing
with Hit Shop Records.
â€œIâ€™ve listened to a lot of Brooks & Dunn and love music with variety. If you listen to a
Garth Brooks album, who is a hero of mine, he had all kinds of songs: slow, fast, mid-
tempo. I try to cover all of that on my album,â€ he says.
Along with Garth, Weston cites Lynyrd Skynyrd and, of course, Alabama as
influences. In fact, he learned to play guitar to Alabama songs. â€œThe first song I ever
learned was â€˜Dixieland Delight,â€™â€ he says. â€œJust being from the same place as they
were made me realize that it was possible to make it. With Alabama, I saw that â€˜itâ€™
In a way, it has already happened for Weston. His time working the concert circuit
during college left him with a certain feeling of success. â€œI made a pretty decent
living then,â€ he admits.
Weston is working hard to carve out a place on the national stage and establish himself as countryâ€™s next breakout male vocalist. In 2013 he made career inroads with â€œLucky Sometimes,â€ and his current song, â€œSmile That Smile,â€ is just launching its way up the charts. Weston also spent time performing nationwide and visiting country radio stations.Â â€œIâ€™m a hard-workingÂ guy from Alabama who loves country music,â€ he says. â€œAnd Iâ€™m ready for myÂ shot.â€