Born in Fort Payne—the home of iconic supergroup Alabama—Weston is a commanding performer steeped in the traditions of Southern rock and country. But for the 27-year-old singer and songwriter, the stage is his home.
“There is nothing I love more than to play,” 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 year—everywhere from fraternity parties to clubs—developing a reputation as a dazzling performer, as well as a tireless work ethic.
“I’ve been plugging away at this for years. I didn’t breeze into town expecting a record deal right away, but it happened almost immediately,” he says of his signing with Hit Shop Records.
“I’ve listened to a lot of Brooks & Dunn and love music with variety,” Weston says. “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.”
Along with Garth, Weston cites Lynyrd Skynyrd and, of course, Alabama as influences. In fact, he learned to play guitar to Alabama songs. “The first song I ever learned was ‘Dixieland Delight,’” he says. “Just being from the same place as they were made me realize that it was possible to make it. With Alabama, I saw that ‘it’ could happen.”
In a way, success already started for Weston. His time spent working the concert circuit during college imbued him with a certain feeling of achievement. “I made a pretty decent living then,” he admits. “And it was so much fun. Now I’m ready to take my music to a larger audience.”
Nashville’s HitShop Records has been working tirelessly since January 2013 to bring this talented newcomer’s voice into the national spotlight. And the promotion is starting to pay off as Weston’s new single, “Lucky Sometimes” is finding its way onto country radio playlists nationwide. “I’m a hard-working guy from Alabama who loves country music,” Weston Burt says humbly. “And I’m ready for my shot.”