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(Don't) Mind the Gap: Burlap to Cashmere Return at Last

"It's better to burn out than fade away," goes Neil Young's immortal line. But what if you do both? Burlap to Cashmere seem to have managed it, and now, after a decade-long break, they're rising from the ashes to play another day. Thank God!

The New York City-based band exploded onto the Christian music scene in 1998 with their major-label debut, Anybody Out There?, which introduced a band that didn't play by the rules. Heck, they didn't seem to know there were rules. For example, during a showcase for an industry crowd at a hotel ballroom in downtown Nashville, guitarist Johnny Philippidis was so into his performance that he removed his shirt mid-song and jumped onto a banquet table in nothing but a sweat-drenched undershirt. Sure, it's tame by rock 'n' roll standards, but let's just say Christian music doesn't usually involve a lot of disrobing or jumping on tables.

"We were just young," frontman Steven Delopoulos says now. "We didn't think about if we fit or not. We took it moment by moment. We were just happy that people liked us. Any attention was good attention."

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A Message From Burlap To Cashmere


This is an open letter to fans of Burlap To Cashmere. As you hopefully know, today marks the first time since 1998 that we’ve released new music.

In our first incarnation we thrived largely on good old-fashioned word of mouth. For the most part, the Internet at large and all the well-established social media sites were just ideas wrangling around in people’s minds.

NOW, you can make a difference. Please help us get the word out about our return and the release of this new record. If you’re comfortable, post links to iTunes, Amazon, and/or our Facebook page. We could certainly use more “LIKES”. Moreover tell us what you think of the new record. Go to iTunes and say something. They have a “Customer Reviews” section. You could even comment via Facebook.
We are ecstatic to be making new music and we’d love for you all to be involved. Burlap To Cashmere is anxious about getting out there and doing what we do best, playing live shows...

See you soon,
Burlap To Cashmere


Live Interview with Stephen & Signed CD / Vinyl Giveaway

Head on over to to watch Randy Elrod and Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) interview Stephen about the new album and leave a comment for your chance to win one of 50 signed CD's and 3 limited edition vinyl copies of the new album.  CLICK HERE


USA Today Review: "3 1/2 Stars"

"The New York band that all but vanished after 1998 debut Anybody Out There? makes a triumphant return with core players in place and a largely acoustic album of sumptuous and exotic melodies, tight harmonies and poetic lyrics. Producer Mitchell Froom sweeps away the clutter, allowing chief songwriter Steven Delopoulos to carve a niche with graceful, vivid global-folk." — Edna Gundersen

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Our new album, Burlap To Cashmere, is available in stores and online today!  To purchase online visit one of these fine retailers:

iTunes (Digital)

Amazon (Digital, CD, Vinyl)


American Songwriter Reviews the New Album: "One of the best records of 2011"

Over a decade ago Burlap to Cashmere had an industry buzz going, winning a Dove award for its Anybody Out There? major label debut, where front man and principal songwriter Steven Delopoulos made it clear that he believed Jesus was The Man. The band (which included Delopoulos’ guitarist cousin John Philippidis and drummer Theodore Pagano) held the promise of an act that was going to take music into the 21st century, with an album that was equal parts Graceland and Fields Of Gold and a songwriter who was being compared to everybody from Bob Dylan to Cat Stevens to, well, just about anyone who had ever written great stuff on an acoustic guitar.

Then the band broke up. But now Burlap to Cashmere is back, featuring the three aforementioned core members. Hopefully the people who thought Delopoulos’ diverse musical influences and sometimes cryptic lyrics were the biggest thing since U2 haven’t forgotten about this band. But if they have, that’s okay. Because, unless the music business is really as unfair as those rejected by it complain it is, those people are about to have their memories jogged.

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