Paul Burch

For over two decades, Paul Burch’s unmistakably modern but instantly classic songs have attracted collaborators from punk to bluegrass including Billy Bragg, Ralph Stanley and Mark Knopfler. Pop Matters has called him “one of the best damn songwriters operating today” and All Music called Burch’s albums Blue Notes and Fool For Love “some of the greatest one-two meditations on love and its loss in the American vernacular in the last 50 years.”

In a 1996 Billboard cover story on the emergence of Americana, Burch’s debut Pan American Flash, was called by editor Chet Flippo “extraordinary … establishing Burch as a leader in marrying country’s roots tradition with a modern sensibility.” The album went on to be ranked No. 5 on’s Best Country Albums of the Decade and all of Burch’s subsequent LPs have landed on pop, rock and country “best of” lists in the U.S. and U.K.

Paul Burch’s latest album Meridian Rising is an imagined musical autobiography of American music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers and features Fats Kaplin, Tim O’Brien, Jon Langford, Billy Bragg, and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band.