Gary Paul writes with cinematic detail, an actor's character insight & the craft of a storyteller; poetic lyrics set to subtle finger style guitar work. His broad musical & personal journey bring life to his songs. Winner, 2006 Xtreme Folk Scene's Song Contest and 2016 New Mexico Music Award winner, as well as 3-time NMMA nominee, he melds the songwriting traditions of his Northeast roots w/influences from the South & Southwest. His work is a travelogue across both the American landscape & its music history, from traditional & celtic to knock-down blues, bebop & everything in between.
Gary split his formative years between the slums of Brownsville, Brooklyn,NY and Deware County's Dairy Country, poor, but surrounded by music, theater & poetry. Piano at age 5 taught him a love for melody. Summers on his grandparent's farm taught him to love bucolic settings & bluegrass, but it was around Boy Scout council fires that he grew to love storytelling.
Known for his acoustic work, Gary played rock guitar in his teens while studying acting at NYC's High School of Performing Arts. It was drama by day & music by night at the Peppermint Lounge, the Purple Onion, the Cheetah & other NY hot spots. After high school, he continued on two tracks, acting Off-Off Broadway while playing the Greenwich Village folk scene, appearing at The Bitter End, The Village Gaslight, Folk City & elsewhere. On the side, he studied photography with veteran photographer Osbert Charles.
But to make ends meet, Gary Paul played fender bass on club dates, learning the American songbook, & becoming familiar with authentic Latin music. He studied with famed Latin bassist, Victor Venegas, while also studying ragtime guitar and banjo with Jack Baker. As a bassist, he played with Bill Jeffcott & the Swamprockers, The New York Frets (bluegrass), Satie (a Brazilo-Cuban fusion band), The North American Udu Band (world music), Shotgun Wedding (country) and Joined @ The Head (classic rock), all while working by day with the developmentally disabled, completing a B.A. in Psychology, a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Computer Science.
In 2002 he began playing original songs at small clubs & open mikes, progressively expanding his territory over the years.
His debut CD, "Sid's Gaseteria," was released in 2007 on the Big Moose Music label (available through cdbaby.com). Most recently he studied lap slide with Pat Wictor. He is currently completing his sophomore album, "American Road," coproduced by Lisa Carman, which will be released later this year under the Storm Canyon Music label.
Along-time member of the Musicians Union and Current Western Region representative to Local 1000's Executive Board, this Santa Fe, New Mexico resident performs throughout the Southwest, returning at intervals to his Northeast/Mid-Atlantic stomping grounds. He is a member of the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) and Folk Alliance Region West (chapters of Folk Alliance International) & a founding member of the SWRFA New Mexico subcommittee.
The Winds of Oklahoma
CDs by Gary Paul
|Sid's Gaseteria 2007|
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Contemporary
A collection of 13 short story songs by one of the masters of the genre. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll come to love all the characters you meet along the way.
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