Not Fade Away
Love's Made A Fool Of You
Think It Over
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Blue Days, Black Nights
It's So Easy
Words of Love
PB with Dennis Crouch & Jen Gunderman
Recording and Balance PB
Mastering Don Cobb, Eric Conn
Photography Melissa Fuller
Design Sheila Sachs
Guitar, Drums (Not Fade Away) Paul Burch
Upright Bass Dennis Crouch
Electric Bass Jim Gray
Piano, Accordion, Harmony Jen Gunderman
Drums Tommy Perkinson, Marty Lynds
Fiddle Fats Kaplin
Harmony and Fender Stratocaster (Wishing) Will Kimbrough
Fender Stratocaster (Blue Days, Midnight Shift) Kenny Vaughan
Tenor Saxophone Paul Thacker
With thanks to Regina Joskow
Mary Elena Holly Paul Burch's Words of Love is a gem of an album. Paul brings his own voice and style to these beautiful versions of the classic songs of Buddy Holly. And I know Buddy would have appreciated it, too. Rave On!
USA Today Rave On Song of the Week
All Music Opening with a Bayou-kissed rendition of “Rave On,” Burch and company tear through the remaining 12 cuts with both gusto and grace, all while remaining remarkably true to the source material. Might be the closest anyone’s come to capturing the sweetness and simple, primal magic of the originals.
Nashville Scene Best of 2011
Who was this skinny kid from Lubbock, Texas, a high school graduate whose unique blend of country and R&B not only defined the 50s but the 60s as well? Like Elvis ("without him none of us would have made it," Buddy said) his band, the Crickets, were comprised of just bass, drums, and guitars. However, Buddy led them with his Fender. He used the studio as a workshop, trying unusual sounds like celeste, double tracked voices, and box drums. On stage, the Crickets were loud, raucous, and lean. They once played the Apollo Theater for a week straight--the only rock and roll band on the bill--and got standing ovations.
Once a star, Buddy sought collaborations with King Curtis, Ray Charles and Mahalia Jackson. Sensing that Greenwich Village might be the next great music scene, he and his wife, Maria Elena, found an apartment near Washington Square. He enrolled in Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio, made plans for a Spanish language album, and imagined a music center in Lubbock so young musicians, like his protégé Waylon Jennings, could learn the business.
And he's still here. Everyday. I hear the echo of his forward thinking spirit in these strong, thoughtful songs. Buddy wasn’t allowed a long life yet somehow, his songs are all about perspective. They still cut. They still heal. “It’s the beauty of the language I’m interested in” he said. And isn’t it good to be reminded that beautiful things come from everywhere, even a little town in Texas.
If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel--Buddy Holly