Paul Constantine, or Dr. Paul as he’s known to his fans, is a troubadour in every sense of the word. From the Gulf coast of Florida, to Music City and all points in between, fans of his acoustic solo performances have fallen in love with his utterly original interpretations of the work of songwriters great and small. In his deft hands familiar songs are rendered fresh, as though being heard for the first time, and lesser-known songs are thoroughly owned and yet oddly familiar. Dr. Paul has collaborated with some of the great names in the business, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s top session players, but it is in his live shows that you’ll experience him as nature intended: Unadorned, accompanied by only his acoustic guitar, his unique, powerful voice carried by a flurry of fingerpicked notes that pass like mile markers on a very heady trip. So here is an invitation to join him as he takes you somewhere new yet familiar, and anyone who has experienced one of his intimate performances knows one thing for certain: You will both treasure the company.
Dr. Paul’s latest studio release, “I Never Tried So Hard”, features three songs written by songwriter Doug Matern, and produced by the legendary Doc Holiday recorded at Quad Studios in Nashville. His latest acoustic CD features songs written by Scott Stambaugh, Gordon Lightfoot, Guy Clark, Marty Robbins and others.
Paul grew up in New Jersey. An avid electronics experimenter, Paul's first introduction to musical performance was building a custom amplifier for a friend who owned an electric guitar. Acquiring his first guitar in his early teens, Paul performed for friends at parties and barbeques. Early musical influences included country & western, doo wop, R&B, soul, jazz, folk, and of course rock & roll. After a tour in the United States Army, Paul returned to New Jersey in 1971 and joined a group of friends in his first band as the lead singer and bass player. Musical performance became more than a hobby, leading to a career in music playing acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and electric bass in both solo and group settings. Touring the United States throughout most of the 70's and early 80's, Paul met his wife, Dawn, in Tampa, Florida. A musical hiatus followed for the next 25 years while they raised a family of five daughters. Moving to the mountains of North Carolina in 2005 allowed Paul to reconnect with his musical past.