Singer Songwriter, Paula Held, brings special musical guest, Andrew Hardin with her to the Rear Window Listening Room. The Rear Window is the perfect place to listen to music sung a played by the people who actually write the songs. You will enjoy the near perfect acoustics and be able to meet people who enjoy listening to music and at the same time have an opportunity to meet and talk to the artists. You can also begin the musical adventure with a wonderful home-cooked meal prior to the show. We look forward to seeing you at the Rear Window!
NEW REVIEWS Arthur Wood of Maverick Magazine, UK, reviewed "DRIVE" in its September 2011 issue (out now for downloading), giving it 4 out of 5 stars. He notes "'DRIVE' is a curiously addictive marriage of folk, pop and jazz influences." READ THE WHOLE REVIEW.
Fred Schmale of Real Roots Cafe, The Netherlands, says of "DRIVE" (Dec 2010 CD review): "To my mind Paula Held adds new ideas to the jazz-related work of now famous female artists like Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux. After listening many times to her fine CD, I can honestly state: 'Paula is not less gifted, she is just less famous.' Her songs are beautiful, the melody lines fine, her voice is flexible and sultry, [and] the accompaniment is excellent ..." READ THE WHOLE REVIEW.
In SJ Williams', KOOP RADIO 91.7 - DRIVE preview (June 2010), she writes: "[DRIVE] is a sophisticated creation based on transformation emotional & physical and she writes the most surprising double-wide bridges! [Track] #04 "You're My Falling Star" Jazz standard waiting to happen. Brushed snare. Tasty piano everywhere. Sweetest simple guitar solo. [Track] #10 "Our Goodbyes" Wistful & beautifully written & arranged. Perfect ending. READ THE WHOLE REVIEW.
Paula is working on a collection of songs for her next album, stories about people in seemingly impossible situations, who, by acts of grace, luck, determination or divine intervention, find their way out of their crippling circumstances. Her characters, rich in detail, bring to life the tenuous connection between loss and heroism: a young woman and her determination to leave behind her painful past and her hometown of Happy, Texas; a successful touring songwriter and his brilliant sideman, the former a talented yet devout alcoholic, the latter, a skeptic who leaves the security of steady work marred by years of hard drinking to form a new partnership with a woman whose unconditional love leads him to the path of recovery; a story celebrating the deep bonds of high school friendship through the vehicle of two lesbian teens caught in a tender love triangle involving another girl; a mother-daughter tribute, about a young woman who would have her mother keep secret her growing dependence on prescription drugs. Written in the folk tradition, these songs are drawn from a genre of poetry called Sangre Triste, which expresses the beauty of sadness, loss and rebirth. LISTEN to a demo of "Leavin' Happy," a finalist in the 2010 Session II John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Folk category. Click on the AUDIO page of her Sonicbids site, and click on "Leavin' Happy."
Rear Window Listening Room (View)
107 East Menefee Avenue
Ganado, TX 77962