Jun 2023 Paul Cowley “Stroll Out West”
Artista / Grupo: Paul Cowley
Álbum: “Stroll Out West”
Discográfica: Self Production
Año publicación: 2023
Fecha crítica: 06/2023
Valoración: VERY GOOD
Sitio web: http://www.paulcowleymusic.com
Although Paul Cowley has never traveled to Mississippi, or to Chicago, or to any USA corner, listening to the way he sings and plays guitar one could say he comes from those remote American places. Paul has developed his career in Birmingham area in United Kingdom, where he counts with a loyal audience which appreciate his relaxed and intimate style of performing blues.
Paul was deeply impressed by Lightnin’ Hopkins when, in his forties, listened to him for the first time. Since that moment, he devoted himself to immerse into the sounds of Delta acoustic blues, becoming a real storyteller with influences coming from great masters like the just mentioned Lightnin’ Hopkins, but also from Reverend Robert Wilkins, Fred McDowell, Mississippi John Hurt or Blind Willie McTell. In Birmingham, Paul founded the Sutton Blues Collective, a club where, for more than ten years, acoustic blues musicians like Guy Davis, Doug MacLeod, Steve James, Del Ray, Mary Flower or Watermelon Slim among many others regularly met.
Cowley now lives in Bretagne (France), near a river that, although it is not the Mississippi, is a source of inspiration to continue his way, presenting bucolic country songs like the twelve that are included in this new album, seven of them own compositions and the rest versions coming from artists like Skip James, Smokey Robinson, John Hurt, Robert Petway and Robert Johnson.
An album to be savored after work, enjoying a calm and beautiful sunset.