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  M E R I D I A N  R I S I N G


The new album is out now!  Visit our Mercantile to purchase the cd on Plowboy Records. Also check out the ltd. ed. vinyl EP featuring Billy Bragg, plus two songs recorded at Third Man Records by PB and Fats Kaplin on the King Records recording lathe used by James Brown. Both the vinyl and cd come with a poster by Isle of Printing with liner notes and an essay by PB.  The vinyl EP includes a full album download printed on a "Jimmie Rodgers business card" plus vintage-inspired postcards.  Read all about Jimmie Rodgers and Meridian Rising here.



  G L I D E R  R E C O R D S

Glider Records is home to the catalog of PB & WPA Ballclub. Visit the website and look for new remastered releases in the coming months.





  P B on NPR's  W O R L D  C A F E

Listen to PB's interview with David Dye for World Cafe in Philadelphia.  Dye calls Meridian Rising an "incredible achievement."  Includes live performances of Meridian, Black Lady Blues, Cadillacin', and To Paris. Thanks to everyone at World Cafe for the hospitality.






  C H A S I N G   T H E  B R E A K M A N  by J I M  R I D L E Y

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, a gifted writer, and a thoughtful and insightful chronicler of Nashville. He loved his city and he was so loved in return. Though he might say it was his honor to write about Nashville, 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.  And read Jim's feature and much of his best work at the Nashville Scene.

"Nous Nous Reverrons Un Jour"



 
 
  B L U E G R A S S  S I T U A T I O N

PB and Carrie Rodriguez share a conversation with Jewly Height about history, inspiration, and the rewards of being "stylistically promiscuous." 

 
 






 
  L E O N A R D  L O P A T E  S H O W  WNYC

PB performs live on the Peabody Award-winning program that has entertained New Yorkers for decades. Lopate's guests have included Barack Obama, Mel Brooks, and Francis Ford Coppola. Thanks to everyone at WNYC for the honor and the terrific visit.






 
  R O L L I N G   S T O N E

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.







 
M E R I D I A N   R I S I N G  R E V I E W S
The support for Meridian Rising has been out of this world.  Check out some of the highlights:


N P R  S O N G S  W E  L O V E
"Powerful...Burch has gone all out, telling the life story of his hero Jimmie Rodgers in an imagined musical autobiography that's as tunefully transporting as it is erudite."




A L L  M U S I C
  ★★★★ 1/2

Burch's wry, witty compositions bring the Singing Brakeman to a colorful, full-bodied life while also illustrating how he's peerless as an Americana craftsman: he's absorbed tradition so thoroughly, he knows it's a shame to exist solely in the past, so he makes albums as rich and delightful as this.



M A G N E T 

An eye-blinking moment of blissful impossibility. One of the sweetest, oddest make-believe histories you’re ever likely to hear.






P O P M A T T E R S 

Another welcome gem from one of the finest contemporary roots performers not to mention one of the best damn songwriters operating today


 The  G U A R D I AN

Burch pulls the listener into that creatively fervent period when popular music was not necessarily segmented by commercial genres but instead could sound like many things –Dixieland Jazz, folk ballads and novelty songs – often all at once.



In Rodgers, Burch found a kindred spirit and traces the Singing Brakeman’s short life through original songs that tell a story but also stand on their own.


   P B  A T  T H E  W H I T E  H O U S E

PB + Henry B. from the WPAB's Sandlot team 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!