It's hard to remember dates but it was back in the 1970 that I first heard of Paul Siebel. Leo Kottke performed a version of "Louise". Kottke is best known for his skills on a guitar but not as a singer. There was no way anyone could damage this song. It's so well written that the words tell a full story of a lady of the night with tenderness.
click link to hear "Louise"
It was a short time latter that I first hear a song by Paul, "Then Came The Children". The DJ said that this song was written about the band "The Incredible String Band". Wow! I saw them perform not that long ago at the old Main Point. I sat about five feet away from the performers on stage. They were still a duo. Robin Williamson's masterful guitar work was to be seen to be believed.
"Woodsmoke and Oranges" was the first album that Paul Siebel released in 1970. This album had "Louise" but it also had "Long Afternoon". There's more to it than just this.
Paul Sieble was being hyped as the "next Dylan". You can hear similar tones in both their voices but that was were it ended. Their style of writting was different and Paul had a pleasing expressive voice.
This album sold well but not a huge success. His songs were better known than he himself as a performer/recording artist.
"Jack-Knife Gypsy" was released the next year, 1971. Linda Ronstadt had a big hit with his "Pinto Pony". The production value of this album was a major step up but it only had the same modest success as the first album. It also turned out to be the last album he'd ever record. There were more memorable songs that showed his progression as a songwritter. It just stopped there. Hell! I wanted more. I was learning from him how to write and craft a song. It pushed me to be reliant on myself like never before. Sure, there were others that influenced me and that I learned from but my first glimpses of the soul of a song was fostered in his work. I some how came to understand that it just fine to write one's last song. Thank you Paul.
Here's a good article that tells his story. It's worth reading: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2010/11/paul-siebel-journey-of-the-jack-knife-gypsy/