V. E. Paul | Susquehanna Stomp

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Susquehanna Stomp

by V. E. Paul

A fresh look into the blues.
Genre: Blues: East Coast Blues
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1. Susquehanna Stomp
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2:09 album only
2. Devil Woman
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3:28 album only
3. Ain\'t Gonna Bring Me Down
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2:20 album only
4. Sittin\' On Top of the World
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3:35 album only
5. Restless Blues
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2:47 album only
6. Runnin\'
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2:18 album only
7. Jivin\' Banjos
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3:31 album only
8. Leavin\'
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2:49 album only
9. Terraplane Blues
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3:19 album only
10. South Main Street
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4:44 album only


Album Notes
Nine months after my conception, on June 19, 1993,
the skies parted and the oceans surged, for I was born. Some 12 years later, the urge came about to play the blues.

In my short few years of doing so, I've mastered (mastered, of course, being a relative term) the art of slide guitar, piedmont-style fingerpicking, and all-around manipulation of
the instrument to facilitate my musical tomfoolery.

"Paul had played before my set, playing guitar and singing old school deep blues, and displaying a natural talent and depth that one wouldn’t expect to find in a 14-year-old. I have a cat older than Paul but they’re both old souls. It was a social and musical pleasure to play blues with Paul. He can tell a story with his voice and guitar, entertain a crowd, and show us where he’s been and where he’s going. Getting to know Paul, I find he has the same cynical sense of humor as most musicians I know, a frustration with online blues police who miss the point of the music, and thankfully, a confidence in himself to develop his talent. Keep your eye out for Paul." -Bob Margolin


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Bob Margolin

V.E. Paul has a direct connection to the nasty old Blues he loves, both in the natural tone of his voice and his Down Home approach to the guitar.

Bill Wilson (Billtown Blue Notes)

Be forewarned that I am not normally even inclined to listen to the work of the young up and coming artists. What could they possibly know about the Blues? Well, don’t let the cherub-like face on the cover fool you…V.E. Paul comes across with all the grit and savvy of a man four times his age. I agree with Bob Margolin, who referred to the 15-year-old prodigy as “an old soul.” Paul blends technical excellence with heart and soul for an album that is nothing short of a masterpiece. Amazingly enough, I found the vocals strong and soulful as well…quite a feat for a player of that age. The influence of the Masters is clearly evident. Even the seven original tunes on the disc sound as if they could have been written in the 20s or 30s. These were the tunes that caught my ear. Anyone can do a decent cover of someone else’s tune…Good musicians can do incredible things given the proper tune, but to write songs with this much depth and understanding takes a rare performer indeed. V.E. Paul is just such a performer. If he continues along this particular path with the same level of intensity, he will, in time, take his seat among the masters. This young man has true potential. Congratulations on a job extremely well done. He enlists the backing of Wayne Sorbelli on guitar and Tom Martin on harp on “Susquehanna Stomp” and Martin’s harp work again on “South Main Street”. Otherwise, it’s all Paul. It’s a long hard road, full of distractions and pitfalls, but with dedication, hard work and a deep love for the music, V.E. Paul could go a long way. He’s certainly got the tools and know-how to do the job.

paul campbell

earlier than you think
====this cd is by the son of a friend of mine. so it's most unlikely you'd be reading a review of it by me!
but you are and that should say enough. you need make no concessions to vep's age - it's plain he's young, just not THAT young! not even the cool voice gives him away. i'm not raving over everything here - what's jivin banjos doing? but his treatment of standards is good, originals even better. buy this and you won't regret it. more important neither will he a few more albums down the road

Christopher Coolidge

VE Paul- Susquehanna Stomp
I'm not saying this because his dad is one of my online buds. VE Paul is a rare talent- many kids his age know how to play their instruments, and they're cute in their usual teenage sort of way, even if they have some musical sophistication(like, say, Hanson) their age still shows. VE Paul is a mature talent in a 14 year old body, he has a natural charisma and showmanship(as well as dedication to the blues form) the equal of Peter Green or Rory Gallagher at the peak of their musical power. Doesn't hurt that his voice is somewhat similar to Gallagher's. His approach to the blues is more like Bob Dylan's approach to folk, though, he takes Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers songforms in the same way that Dylan did likewise with Woody Guthrie and made them both very traditional yet very fresh. What sets VE Paul apart is the quality of the performance, material, and presentation. Anybody who loves the blues will love this album, anybody who didn't think they like blues could easily be turned onto the blues by this album. The only reason this doesn't get five stars is I know VE Paul can do even better next album. This is more than just "a promising first release."