Posted on February 2, 2016

Plowboy Records is proud to announce the release of Paul Burch’s new “Meridian Rising” album project.

Paul Burch, a pioneer in fusing an unmistakably modern voice to American roots music, celebrates his 10th release, “Meridian Rising”, on Plowboy Records on February 26, 2016. Meridian Rising is a first-of-its-kind concept album based on the life of Jimmie Rodgers — the genre-breaking superstar of the late 1920s whose blend of pop, folk, and blues anticipated rock ’n’ roll.

“This is the most ‘creatively cool’ album I have heard in a while. Excellent production with absolutely world-class players… a real fun-time.”  -- Robert Weingartz, Chairman - AirPlay Direct

“Meridian Rising” is scored to the sounds and rhythms of Rodger’s time and follows his life from his childhood in Meridian, Mississippi, to his death at the Hotel Taft in New York in 1933. The album was inspired by a studio outtake of the Rodgers classic “Let Me Be Your Sidetrack” recorded with bluesman Clifford Gibson.

“They sounded joyous together,” says Burch. “It’s the only recording of Rodgers with a contemporary blues guitar player and the song became a kind of portal for me to jump into his life.”

“Meridian Rising” Features the WPA Ballclub with Fats Kaplin, Tim O’Brien, Billy Bragg, E Street Band’s Garry Tallent, The Mekons’ Jon Langford, and William Tyler; Street date set for February 26. No Depression has already deemed it "a contender for best roots album of 2016". Ann Powers of NPR's Songs We Love has already premiered the track "Meridian" while Elmore Magazine premiered "The Stomping 'Gunter Hotel'! All of these reviews and more can be found on our press pages.
About Plowboy Records: Plowboy Records was established in 2012 in Nashville to promote and further the legacy of Eddy Arnold, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and one of the premier vocalists of his generation. Plowboy also provides a platform for superb and authentic artists everywhere regardless of genre including: Chuck Mead, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Fauntleroys, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Buzz Cason, and Country Music Hall of Famers Jim Ed Brown and Bobby Bare (both inducted post Plowboy release).

About AirPlay Direct: AirPlay Direct is a global, web-based artist marketing, promotion, distribution and education platform / eco-system that allows artists, record labels and music publishers to securely deliver "broadcast-quality" music and Digital Press Kits / DPKs to radio stations and music industry professionals worldwide. Our system allows, radio programmers and film / TV music supervisors globally to receive and also ‘discover’ new music, create music calls, browse top downloaded artists and immediately download music and related artist information.

AirPlay Direct also provides our artist / label members our genre-based APD Global Radio Indicator Charts which track the download activity that our members' music receives from our worldwide radio panel. We have a national and international reach of 10,000+ radio stations and programmers in 90+ countries.

Collective Evolution: Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We offer creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

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