Video Premiere: Samuel Wilbur “Good on Paper” (Feat. Katie Burton)

Photo credit: Josh Becker

By day, Samuel Wilbur is a social studies teacher; by night, he immerses himself in the dream of being a musician.  Latest single ‘Good on Paper’ is an absorbing example of Wilbur’s fine songcraft and his ability to find a memorable melody and follow that dream.  Over a rhythmic strum, Katie Burton supplies a beautifully clear, pure vocal that contrasts and combines well with Samuel Wilbur’s own distinctive voice.  Their harmonies are at the heart of ‘Good on Paper’.

The video, directed by Will Prescott, is a little slice of cinema, following a narrative of two young characters skipping class together.  Meanwhile, Wilbur, Burton and the band deliver a a stirring live show.  It’s a joy to watch the singers perform – they’re lost in the music and seem to delight in singing together.

Wilbur has been writing songs since he was sixteen years old and is incredibly prolific, turning out a complete new album every year.  Over the years, he’s explored a range of musical styles, influences and themes.  His latest material has been inspired by his frustration at the political landscape and the impact on society of the widening divisions and increasingly hostile atmosphere.  In particular, it has been the inability to tackle climate change and to recognise the urgency of the crisis that drives through the narratives of Wilbur’s songs.  It’s a heartfelt account of what it means, currently, to be an American and to live in America right now.  Wilbur says of the latest project: “I wanted this album to be more collaborative and include more voices and artist’s perspectives and interpretations.”  He certainly achieved that goal, working alongside friends Bob Beahen, Sam Hall on drums, and six further vocalists, who all bring their own styles to the songs.  Wilbur achieves an effective blend of catchy hooks and melodies, acoustic folk and electric influences.  Check it out.

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From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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David Harper

You Look Good On Paper strikes a note of authenticity, both lyrically and melodically, with the theme of “young love, our love, we share with true devotion” as a certain country gentlemen sang back in the day.