Siebel, Paul
Jackknife Gypsy - Ekectra 1971

Jackknife Gypsy - front cover

front cover

Jackknife Gypsy - inside gatefold

inside gatefold

Jackknife Gypsy - rear cover

rear cover


Music - 4 stars

This is an excellent follow up to the classic Woodsmoke and Oranges. The songs on Jack-knife gypsy tilt more toward country music though it's not the country rock style popular in the late 60's and early 70's. Siebel has a smoking band emphasizing violin, pedal steel guitar, and mandolin, but the group can really rock too. The title song was a staple on FM radio for several years after its release. Siebel sounds less world weary on this record but there are some sad songs.

Though his music was praised by critics and musicians Paul Siebel never gained traction with a wide audience. He did become a mysterious cult figure which he remains today. Inside the gatefold there's Paul Siebel alone against the wind and a lovely blue sky. It's both tranquil and spiritual.

Vinyl History's vast repositority of useless factoids

Paul Siebel's first two albums [originally on Electra] can be purchased as a two-fer through Amazon.Com for a very reasonable price.
He made one other album in 1981 entitled Live at MC cabes with David Bromberg an Gary White. The album includes some of his songs and some classics as Hank Williams's "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry". It can be down loaded to MP3 by song or by the entire album. We have not been able to find the original records of this release. Siebel eventually quit the music business and wrote no more original songs After working as a park ranger, he's now retired and living in Maryland.