Paul Guzzone is a performing songwriter and producer whose fans have compared him to Ray Davies. His current creative venture is a year-long project of new tunes to be released three at a time throughout 2015 beginning with “3 in 1.1” in March. Previous releases "Chasing the Moon," “Light @the EOL” (“Light at the End of the Line”), and “Dancin’ Room” can be previewed on his CD Baby artist page and at www.paulguzzone.com.
Paul considers himself an “electronic troubadour” writing solidly structured songs in the pop and acoustic tradition and turning them into highly polished recordings that are occasionally layered with electronic elements.
"Chasing the Moon" was praised by Pete Feenstra on the website Get Ready to Rock (UK) as full of “… sonic textures, wry narratives, catchy hooks and songs that draw you in. ‘Chasing the Moon’ is an unlikely but successful meeting of a singer-songwriter with one foot in roots rock and the other in electronic production …. intricately crafted, subtly layered and beautifully sung material. Everything is delicately balanced and shaped to its full potential without losing its essence ….”
A musician since childhood, Paul’s first band Revival was signed to Buddha Records fresh out of high school and toured Europe soon after. The demos for that album were his first recording experience. But when Revival ran its course Paul settled in for some dues-paying: cover bands, weddings, sideman gigs.
Eventually he teamed up with fellow New Yorkers David Lulow and Mike Malfesi to form Little Criminals and made his first serious foray into songwriting. The sound was an amalgam of Paul’s hook-laden pop-rock and keyboard player David Lulow’s bluesy jazz-inflected funk. Developing a loyal fan base touring the North- and Southeast, the band recorded some demos but remained a great live act with no label.
When Paul began work on his debut solo album “Dancin’ Room,” he decided to produce and release it independently, a rarity in an era when you needed a record label to be considered legitimate. The vinyl EP took Paul’s pop to a new, danceable level, vied with Billy Joel for a place on East Coast radio playlists, and earned positive reviews like this one in Stereo Review: “Paul Guzzone’s ‘Dancin’ Room’ is rousing, unpretentious bar-band boogie … good-time, unselfconscious rock-n-roll …”
Subsequent tours as a sideman with renowned folk artists Tom Chapin, Tom Rush, and Buskin & Batteau put Paul on the “Folk City 25th Anniversary Concert” album and Tom Rush’s “Late Night Radio” and “Live at Symphony Hall.”
A new creative focus was added as Paul began writing and producing music for commercials and corporate events, winning a few awards in the process. His pop and rock sensibility served him well as he delivered “industrials” that sounded like hit pop songs. And his producing abilities became as important to the process as his writing.
Meanwhile, Paul got a call from songwriter and film composer friend Michael Bacon. “My brother and I are starting a band,” he said, “and you’re the bass player.” The phone call began a 20-year relationship with Michael and sibling Kevin, the film and TV actor whose second career as a musician and songwriter is now well known. Paul became not only bass player and vocalist in their band but occasionally producer, songwriting partner and music director as well.
In addition to the Bacon Brothers, Paul’s production credits include: Aztec Two-Step’s “Cause & Effect,” the 40th anniversary collection of socially relevant songs by this respected acoustic duo, and “Days of Horses,” their highly-praised 2004 CD; the jazz and cabaret bassist/songwriter Ritt Henn; the groove-funk band Otis; the jazzy duo Too Human; the eclectic singer-songwriter Mary Ellen Bernard; and other independent artists. He also engineered the recording of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and other major stars for The New York Times bestselling book & platinum-selling CD “Philadelphia Chickens” by author/illustrator Sandra Boynton.
Now, in addition to his other musical endeavors, Paul continues to write songs on his own and with a variety of co-writers. Current covers include “I Will Carry You” which placed in the Top 25 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts (recorded by Shara Strand and written with Mike Greenly); “Not Gonna Miss You” recorded by Shara Strand and written with Mike Greenly and the artist; “Give You My Love” recorded by acoustic blues artist Ruthie Foster and written with the artist; and “493 Miles” recorded by the Bacon Brothers and written with Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers band. A foreign-language translation of one of Paul’s co-writes with Mike Greenly is also in the works.