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Paul Wood

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Makin' The Blues His Business

Fans of the vocal style of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the guitar talents of Pat Travers, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy will get a kick out of Paul Wood's latest CD, Blues Is My Business. Produced by Jack Holder, who has produced/recorded artists such as Guy, Albert King and Jonny Lang among others, the album features ten tracks of guitar-laden blues and Wood's smoky, expressive, road-tested vocals. Delivering his lines with a penetrating guitar tone, cuts such as "She Don't Play By The Rules" and the title track represent music that will get you off the couch - playing air guitar and virtual wah-wah. Recorded two years after his debut album "Bridgeburner", Blues Is My Business will expand Wood's audience many-fold, as blues/rock enthusiasts discover Wood's strengths - songs that roll righteously on rock solid rhythms, and a guitar style marked by searing licks balanced with a tasteful sense of phrasing, Great job.

alb Born and raised in Oakland, California, Paul started playing guitar at the age of eleven. Initially inspired by George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Mike Bloomfield, he soon journeyed into the roots of his heroes, where he discovered John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Muddy Waters. On his 20th birthday he found himself in the studio with Hooker and Van Morrison, and later spent two years on the road with Hooker's band, recording three albums in the process. Paul also performed with his own bands in the Bay Area, rode the blues circuit in Europe, and eventually relocated to Memphis. His self-produced tribute album, "Bridgeburner", was recorded in 1999.

Look for Paul Wood playing in a venue near you during his Blues Is My Business tour; you'll kick yourself if you miss this future guitar legend in action... on his way to the top.

Contact Information
Broadway Productions
8740 Dunn Lane E
Olive Branch, MS 38654
United States

E-mail: Paul Wood
Web site: www.paul-wood.com

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Progressive Blended With Americana & Jazz - Progabilly!

The American Standard, the latest CD from New Hampshire's Dreadnaught, sets a new standard for progressive rock - blended with just about every other musical idiom, genre and form out there. Guitarist Justin Walton, bassist Robert Lord and drummer Richard Habib leave no musical trail unblazed - rock, Americana, progressive, instrumental guitar, classical, jazz, you-name-it - all are forced through the Dreadnaught style grinder and out comes some of the most original music to hit New England in a long while. Guitar fans will appreciate the instrumental songs and long, creative instrumental passages, and hear Walton's impressive command of his instrument throughout the CD. Lord drives his bass through some downright nasty and creative processing to get just the right ecelctic flavor for each piece, while Habib keeps the time (not easy, what with the tempos, time signatures and overall grooves changing every thirty seconds!) and contributes some darn likable vocal work. This CD drive the needle into the red on the ol' creativity meter - check it out when you're sure there's nothing new under the sun.

pic Justin, Rick and Robert have each been active professional musicians for more than a dozen years. Justin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston; his singular writing and playing style incorporates classically influenced forms and structures into a vivid soundscape of jazz harmony and progressive musical ideas. Rick is an amazingly versatile drummer, adept at playing virtually every form of music from R&B to punk and free jazz. Robert is just as likely to rip up a distortion-drenched solo as he is to swing the backbeat with flatpicked chords, while his compostions are often as musically intricate as they are hummable - a rare feat indeed. Since the tick of the millennium clock, the trio has played over 300 shows across dozens of states.

The three musicians are rabid listeners as well, finding inspiration in the works of Yes, Little Feat, Aaron Copland, the Band, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Bach, Don Ellis and King Crimson, among others.

Contact Information
Dreadnaught
P.O. Box 774
Somersworth, NH 03878
United States

E-mail: Dreadnaught
Web site: www.dreadnaughtrock.com

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