Rolling like a freight train with no throttle control comes the blues sensation from Victoria, British Columbia, Paul Black. With captivating rhythms, dazzling lead guitars, and soulful vocal styles, Black is establishing himself as a true, straightforward, fearless blues rock and roller. If his energetic, throaty brand of music doesn’t have your head bobbing and singing along, almost nothing will.
Ever since laying his hands on a guitar at age 18, Black became captivated with the instrument, working tirelessly while learning how to effectively wield his new best friend. Growing up in a household filled with gospel and country tunes, and iconic groups like Led Zeppelin forbidden, the young guitarist was magnetically driven to rock and roll. After being given a ticket to Stevie Ray Vaughn by his cousin on a hot summer evening, Black’s life was changed, and he was entranced by the epic blues creations of artists such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Jimi Hendrix.
Black’s popularity and success continues to grow over time, ever since his initial group Taxi’s debut album received a stunning 8/10 rating from Rolling Stone.com. The band was featured on a compilation CD for Victoria’s 100.3 The Q FM, and Black appeared twice on Blues Deluxe, a popular syndicated North American television show. His track “About You,” secured Song of the Year honors during VH1’s Save the Music Foundation competition from judges representing Capitol Records and Universal Music.
Backed by an award winning, experienced band, Black and company gel together as well as any blues band on the airwaves, completely meshing to build an impressive musical phenomenon. Pianist Brendan Hedley began at the ripe age of four, and has toured the world with rock and blues acts showcasing his innate talent. Chris Mead a seasoned musician holds down bass duties, laying the foundation for Black’s scorching blues guitar. Finally, five-time West Coast Music Association Percussionist of the Year Award winner Jerry Adolphe dominates the drum kit, handily working his way through infectious beats and flexing his established chops.
With accolades from radio stations and magazines growing, Paul Black is in near perfect position to launch his band to the next level of success and popularity. His latest record, Blue Words, is another fantastic example of excellent balance and attention to detail in songwriting, exhibiting the band’s adept ability to generate high quality blues rock and roll. Songs are available to stream and purchase on Black’s official site.