Paul Siebel

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Paul Siebel
Birth name Paul Siebel
Born September 19, 1937
Buffalo, New York
Genres Folk, blues
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1968–1978
Labels Elektra

Paul Siebel is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born on September 19, 1937 in Buffalo, NY. He is best known for other artists' cover versions of his songs, most notably "Louise". Other notable Siebel songs include "Spanish Johnny," Long Afternoons," "Any Day Woman," "Nashville Again," "She Made Me Lose My Blues," and "Then Came the Children".


After serving in the military, Siebel began playing folk clubs, eventually moving to Greenwich Village, where he found support in the coffeehouse circuit.

In 1969, a collection of songs he made with David Bromberg caught the attention of Elektra Records. Two classic albums followed: Woodsmoke and Oranges (1970) and Jack-Knife Gypsy (1971). The two albums made him a musician's musician. The songs were covered by, among others, David Bromberg, Willy DeVille, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kate Wolf, Mary McCaslin, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, and Leo Kottke, but songwriter Paul Siebel remained unknown to the larger public.

After 1971, his songwriting production stopped. Siebel became depressed and developed drug problems. Now and then his name came up in interviews with other artists. Kris Kristofferson tips his hat to Siebel in his song "The Pilgrim". Siebel played in McCabes in 1978, which was considered a come-back, and appeared on a 1977 LP (1992 on CD) Music From Mud Acres, with a cover of the Hank Williams song "Weary Blues". Siebel was a guest at Jerry Jeff Walker's 1987 Birthday Bash in Austin, Texas. He did not write any new songs.

In 1996 Folk Magazine Dirty Linen tracked him down and talked with the then 58-year-old bread-baker (Issue #64, June/July 1996).

In 2004 Elektra released a compilation CD with most of Siebel's songs. The booklet contains an interview by Peter Doggett where Siebel — now working for the county taking care of local parks — looks back on his career.


  • 1970 Woodsmoke and Oranges
  • 1971 Jack-Knife Gypsy
  • 1978 Live at McCabes (with David Bromberg and Gary White)
  • 2004 Paul Siebel (Compilation CD, includes all songs from Woodsmoke & Oranges plus 5 songs from Jack-Knife Gypsy)

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