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Paul Burch + Becky Warren: presented by Sidetrack Sessions

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PAUL BURCH

For more than two decades, Paul Burch's unique vision of American roots music has attracted characters and collaborators from punk to honky tonk. “At the risk of being impeached by the bluegrass purists,” wrote legendary music critic Chet Flippo, “I think Burch is the best duet partner Ralph Stanley has found since his brother, Carter Stanley, died in 1966.”

Burch's latest album Meridian Rising (2016) on Plowboy Records & Glider Ltd is an imagined autobiography of American music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers and was produced with GRAMMY winner Dennis Crouch. Meridian Rising features Burch's WPA Ballclub with Fats Kaplin, Tim O'Brien, Jon Langford, William Tyler, Billy Bragg, Jack Silverman, Chloe Feoranzo, and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band.

Burch was singled out in the early ’90s in a Billboard cover story citing his debut, Pan American Flash, as “extraordinary … establishing Burch as a leader in marrying country’s roots tradition with a modern sensibility.” Pan American Flash made No. 5 on Amazon.com’s Best Country Albums of the Decade, and all of Burch’s subsequent albums have landed on pop, rock and country “best of” lists in the U.S. and U.K.

In 2015, Burch performed at the White House with Hip Hop for Public Health as part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign with Chuck D and Doug E. Fresh. And his salute to Buddy Holly, Words of Love, found a fan in Holly’s widow, Maria Elena: “Paul has everything Buddy wanted to hear in an artist — his own style and his own sound.”

Peter Guralnick, author of biographies of Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, and Sam Cooke, says: "I'm a Paul Burch fan. How could I not be? His music never fails to achieve its purpose, what Sun Records founder Sam Phillips has deemed the unequivocal purpose of every kind of music: to lift up, to deepen, to intensify the spirit of audience and musicians alike."


BECKY WARREN

Long before Warren struck out on her own as a solo artist, all the way back in 2003, she played in Boston alt-country outfit The Great Unknowns, who signed to Amy Ray’s Daemon Records, toured with the Indigo Girls, and were praised by everyone from Maxim to No Depression. The band released the first of its two albums, Presenting The Great Unknowns, in 2004. But it wasn’t long before Warren’s struggles with her husband’s PTSD led her to take an extended break from music.

Within a month of her divorce, though, she was writing again, and would eventually record a second Great Unknowns album, 2012’s Homefront. Though her old bandmates were now scattered across the country and unable to tour, Warren kept cranking out powerful songs, including “Call Me Sometime,” which won her the 2014 Merlefest Songwriting Competition and the 2015 Kerrville New Folk competition. It’s an impressive feat when you consider the past winners of these contests—career artists like Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett and Gillian Welch.

Warren has been touring widely in support of the release, including a full-band stint opening for the Indigo Girls. She hopes the record will resonate with a wide range of fans while raising awareness about veterans and PTSD.

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