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Paul Siebel

Despite the undeniably high quality of his songs -- which have been covered by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Ian Matthews, and Waylon Jennings -- Paul Siebel is far from being a household name. Within folk circles and among songwriters, however, his two albums -- 1969's Woodsmoke and Oranges and 1971's Jack-Knife Gypsy -- are legendary.

Siebel was born in 1937 in Buffalo, NY. Inspired by Hank Williams and Hank Snow, he taught himself to play guitar while in his teens. By the early '60s, after serving in the military, he began playing folk clubs, eventually moving to Greenwich Village, where he found support in the coffeehouse circuit. In 1969, a collections of demos he made with David Bromberg caught the attention of Elektra Records owner Jac Holzman, who offered a him a modest recording deal (reportedly he was only given enough money to finance four three-hour recording sessions). The resulting album, Woodsmoke and Oranges, was met with critical praise from the media, including Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the attention, the album and its equally praised follow-up, Jack-Knife Gypsy, sold disappointingly little. Aside from a live album released in 1981, Live at McCabes, Siebel hasn't released an album since. ~ Chris Woodstra, Rovi
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larrybdunn
Leo Kottke tells a story that sorta explains Paul. It seems he was just too shy to stay in the spotlight. Too bad, but it points out the mistake that one must be an ENTERTAINER to be a MUSICIAN. Many entertainers put down Pandora, but here I found Paul. So you ENTERTAINERS go on. We love you, but man am I glad to find this shy man who gave up entertaining to bake bread. Burl Dunn
With so many little-talen t performers making it big over the years, how could Paul not have become a major figure? I hope he knows how good he is.
..hullo cannaday! l will visit the site ASAP
steven.canna d a y
http://www.m y s p a c e . c o m / p a u l s i e b e l # !
Paul is likley the finest 'unknown ' balladeer of our century ...we love you, mr siebel, thanks for yr incomprable influence... rip hoyt axton & all your 'gone & not forgotten" pals. "Farewell. gypsy will" !
i paid $2.00 to hear paul back in the early 70dy's at " jabberwalkey ' s " on the syracuse univ. campus...lov e d him...recent l y a local artist donna colton..sang "painted pony"..i went home and dragged out my albums..grea t memories
38 years ago I hear him sing "They all said Louise was not half bad ... " live. It stuck. Never met the woman but the music was some of the best I ever heard. You can still find some songs picked up by newer recording artists.
And Then Came the Children - speaks to me in a strange way I've yet to understand. The lines about brother and sister take me back somewhere I guess... but I have no idea what the song is about! IIRC, I did find out that Ferlingettis (sp?) was a San Francisco beatnik bookstore/ha n g o u t .

I read he was baking bread in Baltimore (could be a song in that line!?), and wrote him a letter, but it was bounced/retu r n to sender.

Mark
www.musicbym a r k . n e t
artdirectord a n
I understand he is living in Baltimore, Maryland doing odd jobs here and there. His two albums are prizes in my folk collection. Merry Christmas where ever you are Paul.
Great song Captains Daughter!
I saw Paul in a small venue in Cambridge, MA in the early '70's. He was asked when his next album would be released. Paul's comment was that his artist inspirations ended with his 2 albums. It's a shame, but at least we have what few songs he composed.
I am leaving a second post because the first got cut off.

Paul reminded me of that first John Prine album in the way it so refreshingly and creatively captures the essence of life with such poetry. He is hauntingly beautiful. If I was in the business I would make it a point to seek him out and force him back into the business with an offer he could not refuse. :-)
I stumbled on his first album in the very early 70's and then quickly bought his second when released. I have bought these two albums in various guises ever since (a compilation "Best Of" CD which was a hack job really, LP's from Rare LP Dealers, and I may have even owned a cassette of one or both of them (I can't remember really). I have often wondered what became of this great talent, but understand I think, that he may have decided to go elsewhere.

The two albums are just wonderful stuff;
Paul Siebel is a GREAT songwriter and his two albums on Elecktra are true undiscovered gems. If you need proof listen to Any Day Woman, She Made Me Lose My Blues, Louise, Jack-knife Gypsy or If I Could Stay. He also recorded a very difficult to find live album, as well tracks on two compilation albums of Woodstock singer/songw r i t e r s All his stuff is hard to find, but well worth the hunt.
Criminally-u n d e r r a t e d .
I was 16 when I first heard Paul Siebel, I really believed his music was going to be sought after like Dylan. I sure have missed him, I hope all is well. Listen to his song "MY TOWN" excellent!
this world needs more siebels long live paul

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