Being Myself First new solo CD for 10 years Due for release - August
New solo album almost finished. In the middle of mixing and then it'll go to the 'legendary' Denis Blackham for Mastering and then on to Manufacture. I have to say I'm very excited, really happy with this collection of songs and I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done. In no small way thanks to Jamie's (my son) meticulous and inspirational Production. Pre order before 6th August for £12 and get free UK postage
I'm also looking to tour with these songs (and some old ones) in the Autumn & Spring. Living rooms/Halls/Church/Pubs - whatever ! so if anyone would like to consider booking a concert please get in touch.
Most of my songwriting for the last ten years has been for specific projects or for other artists. 'Being myself' will be my first genuine solo album since 2006. It's a pretty personal collection of new songs and to me is a kind of self portrait of who I am today, 40 years and more than 800 songs on from where I started. I've been making new songs (and some of the past catalogue) available for download from www.paulfield.bandcamp.com for a few years now but, whilst this album will be downloadable I also wanted to make it available as a physical CD with lyrics, some of the self portrait paintings I've been doing alongside the songs and a cool (and as far as possible eco friendly, recyclable) cover. Musically It's a mix of acoustic with a country flavour here and there, a few ballads, some rock'n'roll and a little bit of blues thrown in. Lyrically it covers a lot of different ground but it all comes very much from the heart. No Record Company or Publisher involvement here so it's completely independent of any outside pressure on how it should sound, what the songs should be about, what market is it for and so on. My son Jamie producing is a new and beautiful dynamic for me. Lots of guitars from Dan Wheeler, a 'cameo' Hammond part from Phil Madeira, some Backing vocals by Hannah Claire and Cello from Torsten Harder. This project is words and music that really matters to me, played and produced in the way that I think serves the songs best. In the end, it's all about communication. It's been great to write and record these songs without any of the constraints that go with writing to a brief, on a theme or with another artists, publishers or record companies agenda in mind. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with any of that but this project comes from a different place. I've written these songs simply because I needed to write them. They're from the heart, just me, being myself.
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