was born November 15, 1943 in Gloversville, a small country town in
up state New York. By the time the early sixties rolled around Paul
had become an excellent drummer and was a main player in his dad's
square dance band. In 1971 he began to take his singing career seriously
and started performing with his own bands, touring the US and many
places in Europe. In his spare time he took up song writing and in
1977 he made the trip from his home in Montana to Nashville and recorded
his first single, the self penned "Same Ol' Road" on Caprice
Records. His biggest record came in 1989 on Stargem Records. "Just
A Phone Call Away" reached # 19 on the national charts.
She Touches Turns To Love" is Paul's second album for the well-respected
Universal Sound Records label and contains 11 tracks, 4 of which are
penned by Paul himself.
The album gets off to a great start with the first of the self-penned
songs. "I'm Free" is a fast
paced tune that allows the fine musician's who play on the album,
to go through their paces. There are also covers of a couple of country
music classics as Paul first gets to grips with Don Williams' "I
Recall A Gypsy Woman." Penned by Bob McDill and Allen
Reynolds, the song was a top 10 hit in the U.K. but surprisingly,
was never released as a single in the U.S. Paul also turns in a good
cover of "The Eagle," recorded
by Waylon Jennings, the song is from the pen of top songwriter Hank
Cochran and was recorded as the title track of an album in 1990.
There is also a good version of Hank Jr's "Country
State Of Mind" on here, but what I have noticed is that
Paul's own songs stand up very well alongside these classics. Take
a listen to the two steppin' "Goodbye Ole
Friend" or "The Phone Call,"
a semi-spoken track about a phone conversation between a father
and the daughter who has married and moved away. I suspect that maybe
this was written from a conversation Paul had with his own daughter.
A very simple, but effective song, that makes up one of my favourite
tracks on the album.
Augmented by the added talents of some of Nashville's finest session
musician's and co-produced by Paul with label boss T Jae Christian,
"Everything She Touches Turns To Love" is a fine second
album and one that I am sure will provide more than a few tracks on
many a DJ's playlist.