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Prairie-born and B.C.-grown,
Paul Washington writes songs with swinging rhythms, smart lyrics, and delivers them in a unique vocal style. He mixes jazz-swing, 60s folk-rock, vintage country, western swing, and good ol' rock 'n' roll.
"I laugh when people tell me my voice or songs sound like Michael Bublé, Ricky Nelson, Don McLean, James Taylor, Johnny Mathis, Chet Baker or Kenny Loggins."
"But I take it as a compliment when people say my songs sound like they could have been written 50 or 60 years ago. I don't mind saying I owe a debt, and I try to write my new songs in these retro and traditional styles."
With university degrees in History, Librarianship and Archival Studies, it’s not surprising he’s a record collector and a serious student of roots music history.
You may have seen him at festivals leading workshops on his musical heroes, like Hank Williams and Bob Dylan. In the 90s he studied guitar and bass at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the BC Bluegrass Workshop, and the Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop.
About 20 years ago, Washington became steeped in swing-style rhythm guitar.
“It was déjà vu when I realized I first heard this music at my mother's knee. She used to sing in big bands back in the 1940s. She’s the first singer I ever heard. She put that music in my DNA, and instilled a love of singing in me. So the new CD is really a tribute to her, and that’s why I put her on the cover.”
"I'm a late-bloomer baby-boomer," says Washington. "No sense pretending I'm a spring chicken. I had some of these originals percolating for years. But life is busy, there's never enough time."
"Well, when you hit a certain age, you realize it's time to get things down for posterity -- or for somebody! Going to Nashville to record with such great players put my songs in the best light possible."
"I think the new record is evidence that you can follow your dream at any age. And I’m not done yet!”