Meridian Rising

Meridian Rising

by Paul Burch


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Meridian Rising

Jimmie Rodgers has been the subject of tribute albums before -- perhaps the most memorable is Merle Haggard's 1969 classic Same Train, a Different Time -- but Paul Burch's Meridian Rising is distinctly different: the singer/songwriter designed his 2016 album as "an imagined musical autobiography" of the country legend. By neither following the conventions of a traditional tribute album nor the contours of a biography, Burch is freed to be fanciful, dreaming up scenarios for Rodgers that may not strictly adhere to written history and allowing himself to tip a hat to Rodgers' jazz and blues contemporaries. Such elasticity lends Meridian Rising considerable life, letting Burch slide into hot dance music as easily as he cops to a blue yodel. He's playful but not at the expense of his subject: if anything, his blurring of fact, fiction, and styles allows Rodgers to not be seen as a museum piece, a figure that exists only in dusty history books. Burch's wry, witty compositions -- which find their match in his swinging band, its lineup shifting to accentuate the tones of the tunes -- bring the Singing Brakeman to a colorful, full-bodied life while also illustrating how he's peerless as an Americana craftsman: he's absorbed tradition so thoroughly, he knows it's a shame to exist solely in the past, so he makes albums as rich and delightful as this.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2017
Label: Plowboy
UPC: 0687437784804
catalogNumber: 1033
Rank: 169511

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Burch   Primary Artist
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Jon Langford   Voices
Tim O'Brien   Bouzouki,Fiddle
Garry Tallent   Tuba
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar,Recitation,Tenor Banjo
Roger Wiesmeyer   Oboe
Roy Agee   Trombone
Jim Gray   Rhythm Guitar
Jen Gunderman   Piano,Accordion
Jack Silverman   Guitar
Martin Lynds   Drums
William Tyler   Acoustic Guitar
Justin Amaral   Drums
Chloe Feoranzo   Clarinet,Saxophone
Dominic Davis   Rhythm
Emily Nelson   Cello
Tommy Perkinson   Drums
Bernie Walker   Trumpet
Edward P. McCanna   Handwriting
Cal Gray   Baritone Saxophone
Henry Burch   Percussion

Technical Credits

Dennis Crouch   Producer
David Leonard   Engineer
Paul Burch   Composer,Producer,Engineer
George Ingram   Engineer
Jen Gunderman   Composer
Mindy Watts   Engineer
Edward P. McCanna   Cover Photo
Wes Garland   Engineer

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