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Paul Hadfield & The McCoys, based out of Chattanooga, TN, are rapidly making big moves in establishing themselves as a band on the rise in the Southeast. A raucous live show, well-crafted songs, great musicianship, and passionate delivery are making the group a band to stop and notice.
Paul has been writing songs for over a decade. He spent years performing solo as a singer/songwriter from Kentucky. Over the early years, he formed and played in a couple of different bands, experimenting with styles and influences, but always returning the sound he loves best - the American Sound - rooted in country, rock, and the blues.
Paul's first big break came in 2006 when he caught the attention of Grammy-nominated producer Kent Wells, who has had a long career in a variety of roles in Nashville, TN, producing American icons like Dolly Parton. Paul and Kent began their working relationship in 2006 with some demo's recorded at Kent Well's studio in Nashville. In 2010, Paul and Kent combined forces again to record Paul's debut EP, Our Lives, at The Sound Kitchen in Franklin, TN, which has been a migration point for many major recording artists, including the likes of Bruce Springsteen and a whole host of country artists. The album highlights the tracks "What Yer Lookin' For" and "Lives Like Water," which clearly display Paul's strong songwriting and highlight his vocal ability.
Our Lives was completed and released in the summer of 2011. Paul was featured in a hometown publication, Paducah Life, along with Larry Stewart of Restless Heart as an example of an artist "on his way."
Since the release of Our Lives, Paul moved to Chattanooga, TN, gathered up the McCoys, and has been performing in support of the album at celebrated venues in Nashville like 12th & Porter, Mercy Lounge, and 3rd & Lindsley, which are regular stopping points for national touring acts. Paul and the McCoys have also made their way down to the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta, GA and are playing regularly at local venues like Rhythm & Brews in the Chattanooga area. Highlights of the 2013 summer tour were an outdoor gig at AT&T Field in Chattanooga in coordination with the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) baseball organization, a 2nd appearance on the Billy Block Show in Nashville, opening for EMI songwriter Channing Wilson, playing with legendary songwriter Roger Alan Wade, and a riverboat cruise on the Southern Belle with Cat Country 95.3. Paul and the band produced demos in 2013 that are streaming on ReverbNation and available for free download at paulhadfieldandthemccoys.bandcamp.com
The guys are off to a fast start in 2014, revisiting Road to Nightfall in March. Though the band didn't win the competition, they were still offered a spot in the weekly music series in Chattanooga and opened for Roadkill Ghost Choir in May. The guys also opened for Mitch Rossell in April at Rhythm & Brews and capped off the first half of the year with a return to AT&T Field in partnership with the Lookouts and a huge show as the act chosen to launch Chattanooga's annual Riverbend festival, which often draws 10,000s of people per day over the course of a week.
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The album Our Lives is available on iTunes. You can also download Our Lives and the more recent "On Our Feet Again" at paulhadfieldandthemccoys.bandcamp.com. You can also find Paul and the band on Spotify and Pandora.