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When Josh Burdette, the longtime crew chief and iconic security guy at the 9:30 Club, took his own life in 2013, the D.C. music community mourned. But Burdette’s lively character wasn’t limited to the local community; he made an impression on national and international touring bands who frequently played the 9:30 Club. Among them, English folk-rocker Frank Turner. Burdette’s death affected his friend so much that he wrote a song in his memory, “Song For Josh.”
In lieu of properly recording the track in a studio, Turner recorded the song live at the 9:30 Club in June of 2014. The song, which was featured on Turner’s latest album, Positive Songs For Negative People, is now being released as a limited 7″ single, with all proceeds going toward the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Currently, the 7″ is only available to buy at shows during Turner’s current tour, but he tweeted that once the tour is done, the remaining copies will be available to purchase online somewhere.
Listen to the song below:
Photo by Erica Bruce.