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Saturday, July 12 • 12:45pm - 1:30pm
PAUL BURCH & THE WPA BALLCLUB

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PB's new album Fevers (2013) on Plowboy Records--produced with famed multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (Jack White, Beck)--features Burch's personal vision of American music, a riveting mix of irreverence, humor, and respect that weaves unimagined combinations.  His recordings have a sense of atmosphere that feels cinematic, a vibrant, haunting soundtrack to modern life unmoored to time or continent. USA Today praised Burch for “music that sounds thoroughly modern but completely unlike contemporary country” and Entertainment Weekly calls him "a modern day Jimmie Rodgers." 

Backlife

Born in Washington D.C., Burch's career began as Nashville’s hip honky tonk troubadour in the early 90s. Performing nightly at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge--the former hangout to Nashville's most revered songwriters including Hank Williams and Willie Nelson--Burch and his band the WPA Ballclub helped to make the Lower Broadway honky tonk scene a hot spot attracting international press attention, large crowds and fans like Chet Atkins and Lucinda Williams.  PB's 1996 debut, Pan American Flash, was hailed by Rolling Stone and Billboard critic Chet Flippo as “extraordinary, establishing Burch as a leader in marrying country's roots tradition with a modern sensibility” and placed #5 in the Top 10 Country Records of the 90’s by the editors of Amazon.com.
PB has also collaborated with a mix of equally ineffable artists including Ralph Stanley, Mark Knopfler, Vic Chesnutt, Exene Cervenka of X, Beverly Knight, Ray Price, and the GRAMMY nominated comeback by Charlie Louvin as well as serving as music consultant to the PBS film The Appalachians. Other highlights include Last of My Kind, a song companion to Tony Earley's NY Times bestseller Jim the Boy and Words of Love/Songs of Buddy Holly (2011), praised by Holly's wife Maria Elena, as "beautiful. Paul has everything Buddy wanted to hear in an artist--his own style and his own sound.” 

Peter Guralnick, author of biographies of Elvis Presley (Last Train to MemphisCareless Love) and Sam Cooke (Dream Boogie) says: "I'm a Paul Burch fan. How could I not be? His music never fails to achieve its purpose, what Sun Records founder Sam Phillips has deemed the unequivocal purpose of every kind of music: to lift up, to deepen, to intensify the spirit of audience and musicians alike."



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