Paul deLay: He's Back!

"He proved he's back and better than ever, that he is probably the most original and important performer in the West Coast blues scene!"
- Portland Oregonian, January 23, 1995

"I gotta say it, man--for my money, deLay's the best harp player in the world!"
- Hubert Sumlin , legendary guitarist with the late Howlin' Wolf

"deLay's a terrific chromatic player...and a really heartfelt singer...but his songwriting is phenomenal. Absolutely some of the best stuff I ever heard."
-Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player with Eric Clapton, as quoted in Blues Revue July 1995

"Paul deLay is not just great--he's without a doubt the most brilliant, creative and talented blues harmonica player on the planet."-Westcoast Blues Review

"This guy's gotta be heard!" - Billy Gibbons, of ZZ Top

"Paul deLay is great!" - B.B. King

Since rejoining the music scene in January 1995 after a three-year "writing sabbatical," legendary harmonica ace Paul deLay has taken the Pacific Northwest by storm, selling out major blues venues and headlining festivals throughout the region. Reunited with his band -- a unit West Coast Blues Review calls "easily the best of all the West Coast backup units" -- deLay continues to prove why he ranks as one of the greatest blues harmonica players, songwriters and vocalists alive.

Ocean of Tears, a recording of material deLay penned during his 41-month retreat, is scheduled for release on the East Coast's Evidence Music label in September 1996. Evidence in May 1996 released Take It From The Turnaround, a compilation from deLay's critically acclaimed Paulzilla and The Other One recordings on Portland's Criminal Records label.

To order autographed copies of these recordings, or any of the earlier Paul deLay Band recordings, to find us at upcoming gigs, peruse reviews of the band, or read up on the band's history, check out the rest of our site!

For booking, ordering and other information, contact:

Peter Dammann
Paul deLay Band
PO Box 25542-E
Portland OR 97225
phone: (503) 244-5827
fax: (503) 289-2836
e-mail: damray@europa.com

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Background

In two decades touring the West Coast blues circuit, opening on larger stages for numerous national acts, and releasing a half-dozen acclaimed recordings of its own, The Paul deLay Band became known throughout the Pacific Northwest for its hard-hitting blues and R&B. The Portland-based group earned a reputation that extends far beyond the region: band leader deLay is ranked among the finest blues harmonica players alive, and his work on the chromatic harp is considered by many to be unrivaled.

Following his much publicized drug bust in January 1990, deLay spent nearly two years awaiting trial-playing, singing and writing like there was no tomorrow. During that period, he produced The Other One (1991) and Paulzilla (1992), his finest recordings to that point, and ones that established him as a formidable songwriter as well as a harmonica virtuoso. deLay began serving a 41-month sentence at the Federal Penitentiary in Sheridan, Oregon on May 15, 1992. (For a thorough, finely written account of Paul deLay's rise, fall, drug bust and recovery, see "Paul deLay: Groovin' In Limbo," the cover story in Blues Access Fall 1991).

Upon his release in January 1995, deLay was rejoined by the core of his band---Louis Pain on Hammond organ, Chicago-born Peter Dammann on guitar, and Dan Fincher on tenor sax---with new members John Mazzocco on bass (formerly with John Lee Hooker and Curtis Salgado), and Mike Klobas on drums (formerly with Lloyd Jones Struggle). Since its debut in January '95, this ensemble has drawn raves for its seamless arrangements and fiery musicianship.


Major Appearances

Awards

Recordings

The Paul deLay Band's six recordings on the independent Criminal Records label have been charted on blues radio playlists in the U.S. as well as Europe. The band's album sales in Europe continue to earn deLay new fans in Holland, England, Germany and Italy. A "The Best Of Paul deLay" compact disc, You're Fired! was released on the British Red Lightning label in May 1990. The Norwegian Blue Wolf label licensed and released The Other One in 1992. Paulzilla, released in May 1992, featured ten deLay originals and received both the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award and Portland Music Association Crystal Award for Album of the Year. Ocean of Tears, a new recording of deLay originals, is due for release on the independent Evidence Records label in September 1996. Evidence released Take It From The Turnaround, a compilation of material from Paulzilla and The Other One , in May 1996.
For booking, ordering and other information, contact:

Peter Dammann
Paul deLay Band
PO Box 25542-E
Portland OR 97225
phone: (503) 244-5827
fax: (503) 289-2836
e-mail: damray@europa.com




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