Paul Burch

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Paul Burch is an American musician, songwriter, composer, producer, and bandleader.


Paul Burch is a recording artist for 'Plowboy Records'.[1][2] He is said to own and drive several automobiles, enjoys good food and drink,[3] fine paintings and sculpture, baseball, and most dogs. He plays cards on Saturday nights, often in the company of women, and is fond of the music of Charlie Patton.[4] According to CMT Edge [5] he is "not crazy about following rules."

It is known that Burch moved to Nashville in the early 1990s where he performed nightly marathon shows at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, one of Nashville's most notorious honky tonks, making fans of Marianne Faithfull and Chet Atkins and forming his backing band, The WPA Ballclub. Burch's performances and the Lower Broadway scene garnered national attention and a feature in Billboard by former Rolling Stone bureau chief Chet Flippo.[6] Burch's debut album Pan-American Flash was praised by Flippo as “extraordinary, establishing Burch as a leader in marrying country’s roots traditions with a modern sensibility”.[7] The album was also voted among the Top 5 country album of the 1990s by

Since "Pan American Flash," Burch has released nine long playing albums as well as a joint collection with the Waco Brothers in 2012, Great Chicago Fire which was praised by the Chicago Tribune: "If the Rolling Stones were still making great records, this would be it."[8]

Burch's songs have appeared on several film and television soundtracks including The Appalachians, The Rookie, and A History of Violence.[9]

The 2013 album Fevers [5] was produced by Burch along with licensed magician Fats Kaplin, a frequent contributor to Third Man Records.

The WPA Ballclub celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016 with a new album Meridian Rising based on the life of Jimmie Rodgers featuring guests Jon Langford of the Mekons, William Tyler, Billy Bragg, and Tim O'Brien [7]


  • Pan-American Flash (1996)
  • Wire to Wire (1998)
  • Blue Notes (2000)
  • Last of my Kind (2001)
  • Fool for Love (2003)
  • East to West (2006)
  • Still Your Man (2009)
  • WPABallclub Record Club (2010) (Ltd. Ed. pressing)
  • Words of Love (2011)
  • Great Chicago Fire (2012)
  • Fevers (2013)
  • Meridian Rising (2016)


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