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People will always yabber on incessantly about Delta blues and Chicago blues, and yet will often neglect Detroit blues. This is odd, because few cities have suffered, really and truly felt pain, like the Motor City. Remember when John Lee Hooker sang about how the Motor City’s Burnin’? He wasn’t posturing.
Paul Andrew Ulysses Lamb, as those initials represent, is following in the grand tradition of expressing life’s tortuous events through his own blues-rock music.
P-A-U-L & the Harper Woods Heroes formed in 2007 and saw the release of his debut solo album Hangin’ On For Dear Life.
P-A-U-L’s sophomore release, Gunshot Lullaby saw the light of day in 2009. The record saw Lamb teaming up with partner in grime Eric Hoegemeyer to produce at Rustbelt Studios, with Rustbelt owner and legendary producer Al Sutton (Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker) providing the final mixes. The record was recorded live at Rustbelt.
Gunshot Lullaby manages to sound simultaneously more mature and yet still blessed with the energy of that kid that first stared at the Hendrix album cover in awe while soaking up the licks. In other words, somehow P-A-U-L’s music is maturing without getting old.
The songs are as stunning as anything on Gunshot Lullaby’s predecessor, which is no small complement. The album that Classic Rock Magazine (UK) called “fresh, streetwise and exciting” captured exactly where Lamb was in his life that year, and it continued to expand his ever-blossoming fan base.
P-A-U-L and his band, which currently features Layla Hall on drums / backing vocals and Joey Spina on bass, spent the rest of 2009 supporting blues-rock legend Walter Trout in the UK. This summer, he’s touring the UK, completeing his new record which is slated for a fall release.