Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub 

9 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

Paul Burch named his band the WPA Ballclub after the New Deal's Works Progress Administration, but there's nothing Depression-era about his sound. The former Lambchop drummer originally set out on his own in 1998 and, in the last decade, has built a personal vision of a modern, subtly textured Nashville sound. His touchstones are mid-'60s acoustic country rock, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan — especially the Dylan of Nashville Skyline, judging by the lively croon of Burch's tenor, the light swing of the mostly unplugged arrangements, the refined melodies and the unpretentious (yet poetic) lyrics. Burch doesn't tour much these days, so a St. Louis date should not be missed — and neither should his forthcoming album, Still Your Man.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Critics' Picks

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation