Paul Burch and his timeless, purebred country may have moved from East to West Nashville, as his 2006 album East to West intimates, but that hasn't stopped him from frequenting East Nashville haunt The Family Wash, where he'll enjoy residency every Wednesday in February.
Burch, a D.C. native who moved to Nashville way back when hardly anyone cared about trad country again yet, prefers playing at the Wash because it's "it's one of the few stages in town that will allow me to play two or three sets of whatever I want." East to West was recorded both in Nashville and in England (at Mark Knopfler's studio in London) and features backing from Knopfler and Tim O'Brien and a duet with Ralph Stanley. The interest and contribution of such greats spurred Burch to keep at his skillful commingling of honky-tonk, pop and folk-country during a time when he was all but convinced he was merely tossing his art straight into a vacuum.
Luckily the experience kept Burch's wheels a-turnin', since this month's Family Wash dates will give him and his WPA Ballclub backing band a chance to preview the particulars for his upcoming 7th record. If you need proof of why we're grateful Burch didn't hang up his honky-tonkin' hat, check out the swoon-worthy track "Montreal," a galloping, broken-hearted love letter to the city that features Burch's gorgeous and understated old-fashioned croon and a poignant musing on love and luck.
Burch graciously answered our questions—read 'em after the jump.
1. What product would you license your music to endorse?
The George Foreman grill (for the no grease grub), Diptyque Philosychos (for the rub), and Lionel Trains (for the chug).
2. My boyfriend just broke up with me. What should I listen to?
Blue Notes by Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub. Get a hankie, some Rip Van Winkle, and lock the door.
3. Your music is best suited to:
a) Road Trip...to Yellowstone
b) Crying...in your Pilsner
c) Doing it...in the road
d) Dance Party...with people who know how to dance
e) Baking Muffins...with chocolate chips
4. I was almost named Eleanor. What was your band almost called?
Atomic Clock, Julius Caesar and the Crowd Pleasers, Carter Cain & The Tennessee Mountain Love Sheiks, King Cobra and the Snake Charmers.
5. I cannot resist the delicious taste of...dry rub BBQ.
Paul Burch plays Wednesday the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at Family Wash.