Paul is a middle class, folk musician. He writes music for people who studied English in college but quit because they ran out of money. These are songs for those who's parents have undiagnosed mental health issues that probably run in the family. Here we have music for the angry church, for people with pointless jobs and vision-less supervisors.
Paul is a native of Wentzville, MO, a small town west of St. Louis, where he spent his first 26 years. At that time independent local radio was vibrant and diverse. Before he turned 15 he went through extended periods listening to country, R&B, oldies, and top 40. Paul was prone to phases. He was also active in a local children's choir from the age of seven through high school where he was a featured soloist at an early age and toured behind the iron curtain, back when there was an 'iron curtain.' Google it.
His extended family is littered with musicians. He learned to play on the same guitar two uncles, three aunts, and his own mother learned. Having a broad appreciation for popular music of many genres gives Paul the ability to connect with audiences of diverse tastes and ages.
One phase led to another until there was nothing else for Paul but to study vocal music at college. He's still paying for it.
Before leaving St. Louis Paul developed his solo chops at The Blarney Stone located near the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River. For almost two years he played every Friday from 6pm to 10pm at this Irish themed pub. The songs he began playing for the solo work were standards from his time with rock bands, mainly oldies, classic rock, and pop including tunes by Jimmy Buffet, Van Morrison, The Eagles, and Chuck Berry. Gradually he began rounding out the solo set with a splattering of jazz and singer-songwriter type music from artists like James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell and from his own growing catalog of original tunes.
Playing and studying music has allowed Paul to travel throughout the country. He has worked as a musician while living in Michigan, Virginia, and Indiana, and has sung and played guitar for private parties which have included dignitaries such as Admiral William J. Fallon, General R. Martin Umbarger, and August Busch III. As a soloist or part of a group Paul has opened for Michael McDonald, Hootie & the Blowfish, and LeeAnn Womac.
Paul moved to the Lafayette area in 2007 after serving as a musician in the U.S. Navy. He continues to serve in the military, leading the Indiana National Guard's contemporary music ensemble, and playing regularly with its jazz combo, and big band.
On his latest collection of songs, "Photographs, Epitaphs & Frosted Glass" you may hear themes of the difficult balance between work and family, served on a bed of styles such as R&B, country, and standard indi rock. You may hear the tongue in cheek, the bitter irony, the exasperated fatigue, the firm resolve. Then again, you may just think the whole thing is flotsam. Listen and judge for yourself.
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The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, Mgr. (View)
111 South Walnut St.
Edinburgh, IN 46124
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