Paul Burch – Still Your Man

January 01, 1970

(Ramseur Records)


With six previous solo albums and an on-again, off-again
association with Lambchop, Paul Burch has carved out a respectable resume
that’s garnered him some small measure of well deserved repute.  But unlike Lambchop, who tend to be somewhat
frayed around the edges, Burch hews to more familiar fare, employing fiddle,
upright bass, accordion and a strict adherence to traditional structure.  As a result, this set purveys an amiable mix,
from the ragtag, gutbucket guitar of “Like a Train” to the Zydeco shuffle of
“Honey Blue” and “Down to the Blackmarket” to the south of the border sway
possessed by “Vena Amore” and “Lead Me On.” 


Happily though, Burch never gives the impression he’s merely
usurping these designs.  Instead, he
tends to inject his easy, affable approach into some well-worn templates.  In doing so, he offers up an air of
authenticity, especially when it comes to the folkie narrative “Ballad of Henry
& Jimmy,” one of the most engaging entries this effort has to offer, and
“Please Send Me,” certainly one of the album’s sweeter serenades.  Those in search of a lesson about how to
approximate authentic Americana
need look no further.


“Ballad of Henry & Jimmy,” “Lead Me On,” “Vena Amore”



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