Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Interview with the Thomas Paul

Who: Thomas Paul Trio
What: In concert
Where: Flipside Lounge, 117 S. Main, Pocatello, ID - map
When: Thursday, April 2, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Thomas Paul is an eclectic singer-songwriter, composer and bandleader from Boise, Idaho. I caught up with Thomas recently to find out more about his music and the pair of musicians who will join him this week at the Flipside Lounge.

Recently named one of Boise's top singers and musicians, the multi-instrumentalist and part-time music teacher has a wide variety of influences and genres that infiltrate his material. His most recent release, "House On Fire," was released in March of 2009 and features some of Boise's finest musicians. The album masterfully combines elements of swing, funk, country, indie-rock, bluegrass, jazz, blues, psychedelia, bedroom folk and Latin music into a seamless whole.

SLG: Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs?

TP: "Uncle Bill" is a fast bluegrass-style number that people love. "Summer's Indiscretion" gets a lot of response. "House On Fire" is an indie-style trippy rocker that i hear people singing along with at times.

SLG: Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?

TP: Good quality independent art music without rules or gimmick. Not a one-trick pony.

SLG: Band member first and last names / instruments. Who's playing with you this week?

TP: Thomas on vocals, guitar, piano, Moog, mandolin and more, in addition to Bob Nagel(upright bass), Louis McFarland (drums, percussion).

SLG: How long has this line-up been together?

TP: Bob and I have played 2.5 yrs now. Louis and I have played on and off for over 5 years but he rejoined the band full time in October.

SLG: Do you do solo work too?

TP: I do a lot of solo gigs.

SLG: What history do you have with other bands?

TP: Member of Boise bands current and past: Bill Coffey, Hillfolk Noir, Clock, New Transit, Gizzard Stone

SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?

TP: Originally from Idaho Falls. Moved to Boise in 1996 and 2001. Back to Idaho Falls for 1999-2000 (family concerns)

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?

TP: Played all over Boise and NW. Played Portneuf Brewery and Vinyl Perk recently. First show at Flipside, but I've hung out there several times, as I pass thru Pocatello quite a bit.

SLG: Describe this particular show - what can people expect if they come to this show?

TP: Thomas Paul Trio w/ locals TBA at the Flipside Lounge, 117 S. Main, Pocatello, ID. 8 PM, 21+

SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general?

TP: Pocatello is a great town, and we're glad to get a chance to do our thing for all the cool people we've already met and the cool people we're about to meet.

SLG: What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

TP: Playplayplay. Hustle. Try. Do.

SLG: Do you have any favorite videos of your band or your music on YouTube?

TP: "Man Gets Jealous; Finds Jesus" CD release show @Pendleton, OR March 27, 2010

"Ghost In The Grass" live at Pendleton, OR Rock Camp For Teens

SLG: Recordings? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

TP: "House On Fire" released 2009. (iTunes) Yes for sale at show. Other various compilation CDs and old band albums available as well as T-shirts stickers.

SLG: How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?


More on Thomas Paul:
Thomas' performances can be anything, from intimate solo lounge crooning to a fully realized rock ensemble to experimental art-noise. Thomas performs well over 200 shows a year in a vast array of bands and occasions. He is currently or has previously been a member of: Gizzard Stone, Bill Coffey, Hillfolk Noir, Mystery Date, MayerForceOne, Clock.

Over the years, Thomas has been fortunate to share the stage with the a litany of amazing artists.

To name a few: Mike Watt, The Dismemberment Plan, Q & Not U, James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Beauty Pill, Curtis Stigers, John Doe, Nick Jaina, Bob Schnieder, Built To Spill, Ben Burdick, Jeremiah James Gang and more.....

Presently Thomas is primarily focusing on his own music. The current incarnation of his band features Thomas on vocals, guitar, electric piano, Moog, mandolin and more; in addition to, Bob Nagel (upright bass), Louis McFarland (drums, percussion), Bernie Reilly (guitar,vocals,violin,cello,banjo), Jonah Shue (violin,guitar,fiddle) and many more fine musicians from around the Northwest.

Thomas' newest material has him exploring a more soulful, jazzy, and R&B oriented vein of independent rock music, both in a band and solo-artist context.

In 2010, Thomas embarks on several ambitious projects: recording both an intimate solo acoustic album (scheduled for release in MARCH 2010) and a soul and jazz inspired full-band document, as well as extensive touring and teaching. Album release dates and tour itineraries to be announced soon.


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