Stream Meridian Rising at Rolling Stone. "Burch predated the current roots-revival, making music built on American traditions...but fusing it into his own unique sound keen on continuing, not emulating, our treasured past." Visit our Mercantile to purchase the cd or the Ltd. Ed. vinyl EP (with full album download) with Billy Bragg and live tracks recorded at Third Man Records.
Thanks to Fretboard Journal for the feature on our man from Meridian.
Paul Burch has never shied away from a concept. In fact, one could argue that this singer-songwriter’s entire career has carried a bit of a theme. Over the years, he’s tackled the music of Buddy Holly, created a soundtrack to a book and even transformed “Cluck Old Hen” into a Middle Eastern-tinged raga. With each release, Burch reminds us that the roots of country music (and rock & roll) come from a myriad of sources.
Which is why Burch’s 2016 project, Meridian Rising—an “imagined musical autobiography” of Jimmie Rodgers—isn’t a huge surprise. What is surprising is just how fresh and interesting this music is. Burch traces the Singing Brakeman’s short life through original songs that tell a story but also stand on their own..In Rodgers, Burch found himself a kindred spirit.
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Listen to PB's interview with NPR's World Cafe's hosted by David Dye who called Meridian Rising an "incredible achievement." Also check out PB on WNYC with radio legend Leonard Lopate whose guests have included Barak Obama and Francis Ford Coppola.
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All of us are heartbroken by the recent death of Nashville Scene editor Jim Ridley. Jim was our dear friend, an award winning film critic, and a champion of Nashville. Though Jim might have said it was his honor to write about his city, the honor was ours. One of Jim's last features was on Meridian Rising and you'll find no better introduction to the story of Jimmie Rodgers. You can contribute to Jim's family here. "Nous Nous Reverrons Un Jour"
Henry B. from the WPAB's Sandlot team and Mr. Burch performed "Wanna Jump" with legend Doug E. Fresh, producer Artie Green (seen here), and many other great artists and dancers at the 137th Easter Egg Roll at the White House for members of Hip Hop for Public Health. Check out the original recording featuring Fats Kaplin on fiddle at the Songs for A Healthier America album website below. Make healthy eating and exercise a part of your daily routine and check out the album Songs for A Healthier America for free from iTunes. Let's Move and Hip Hop for Public Health are doing great work and you can be involved, too! Visit the website for Let's Move and Songs for A Healthier America to find out more. And look for a special remix of "Wanna Jump" by PB and Artie Green later this year. Go here to download the album for free!