Paul Burch - Last of My Kind

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Last of My Kind may be the first ever soundtrack to a book. Nashville musician Paul Burch wrote the gritty folk tunes on the album as an accompaniment to his friend Tony Earley's Depression-era coming-of-age novel, Jim the Boy. Like Earley's universal Mark Twain-esque story, Burch's songs come right from Americans' subconscious, from the collective myth of Americana crystallized in Huck Finn, Tom Joad, and Jay Gatsby. With a similar flair to the Coen brothers' barn-raising O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Last of My Kind fits well with the raspy narratives, creepy ballads, and back-porch stomps of Harry Smith's brilliant Anthology of American Folk Music. Burch's songs have their own stories to tell, whether he's singing of the game of life in a pure, clear voice on "Up on the Mountain"

("Where the honeysuckle grows/The world below laid out plain for me to see like a board of Monopoly") or recounting the story of a murderous farmer in the spooky shuffle "Harvey Hartsell's Farm." Burch's brilliance lies in the fact that he has created a period album pulled out of the past but imbued with a contemporary relevance and resonance that make it just as poignant as a novel of the same sort. As he sings in the title track, "Today I came to realize that I am the last of my kind." ~ Charles Spano

1) Aliceville Rag (02:55)
2) Up on the Mountain (03:18)
3) Living up to the Man You See in Me (02:54)
4) Harvey Hartsell's Farm (04:01)
5) Going to the Carnival (03:08)
6) Mama Shoo'd the Blackbirds (03:37)
7) Country Boys in a City Alley (02:25)
8) Sun Don't Shine (02:45)
9) Electricity (02:52)
10) Polio (06:29)
11) Amos's Blues (03:15)
12) Last of My Kind (04:09)
13) Nightjar (02:19)

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