Paul Birch
Is great in a crowd… witness his tasteful guitar work on any of the Lamb chop records and his rubber band drums on the Nashville part of Antidote as fair evidence that he knows how to play down and back up.

For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to be in a band with Paul…you may appreciate him more as the stellar front man he’s developed into over his years fronting the WPA Ball Club.

I love his records…particularly “Blue Notes” with hooks so seductive that you find yourself weaving through traffic in sheer glorious distraction. The album actually has a song “Isolda” that is the musical equivalent of a slow wide left turn from the far right lane of one intersection to the far left of another in a convertible in slow motion traffic on a sunny day. It’s music that’s so good it wraps you in a melancholic force field where the listener almost becomes the protagonist in his or her own elegant short.

I saw Paul play for the first time recently at SXSW at The Continental club…well off the main SXSW strip but worth the hike.

Paul Birch�s songs are so well written and so elegantly constructed that Franklin Bruno was sure they were standards. I knew better as Paul is the consummate country performer and would never indulge in the rock and roll sin of covering without clear praise and attribution. After the show everyone was so smitten that to this day my very heterosexual friend Michael still refers to PB as �the handsome Paul Birch�.

Paul recently contributed a great song to the Pine Valley Cosmonauts record and most of the rest of his stuff is available on Merge if you want to check him out.


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