A: I guess I would imagine myself as this amazing blues harmonica player,
- Actor Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Zero Effect),
quoted in British music magazine Mojo, August '98
"This guy's gotta be heard!" - Billy Gibbons, of ZZ Top
"Paul deLay is great!" - B.B. King
"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
Best Blues Harmonica Player 1997 - Real Blues Magazine's Fourth
Annual Real Blues Awards
Evidence ECD 26091-Nice & Strong
"One of the finest blues songwriters around...easily outclasses
most of the the competition when it comes to songcraft and spirit."
- Washington Post
"You cannot listen to Paul deLay without having serious revelations
about life and blues music. He gets you on two levels: his stripped-down
raw honesty in his lyrics and his absolutely brilliantly crafted and performed
original music. He's so much better than every other blues singer/ songwriter/harmonica-player
that it's really unfair to compare." -Real Blues Magazine
"That Paul deLay is one of the best straight and chromatic harmonica
blowers currently in business, as well as one of the purest-toned vocalists,
is obvious from the git. He is also a major songwriter. The combination
is exhilarating." -Big City Blues
"DeLay continues to establish himself as one of the freshest and
most appealing voices in the field." -Philadelphia Inquirer
"Bluesman Paul deLay is a serious triple threat. An insightful
lyricist with a penchant for earthy, everyday storytelling, he is also
a supremely soulful singer with a sanctified streak... And if that weren't
enough, the guy also plays harmonica like no one else on the planet."
Evidence ECD 26079-Ocean Of Tears
"Perhaps the most original take on the blues in years, soaring
effortlessly above the 12-bar overcast to set its sights on the stars."
"Anyone interested in hearing new directions blues can take would
do well to swim in Paul deLay's Ocean Of Tears. This long-awaited release
showcases the Northwest harmonica heavyweight's formidable instrumental,
vocal and lyrical skills, as well as his band's formidable arranging skills.
Stellar playing, singing and song writing...Intelligent, technically dazzling
and heartfelt." -Blues Revue Magazine
"Paul deLay is that rare Anglo-American vocalist who has found
an original voice. In part it is the rough, soul-baring voice of a recovering
addict and alcoholic who has proven through his recent original work that
creativity does not come from a bottle, powder or smoke. It is also the
voice of a man who has found astonishing inspiration, rejuvenation and
motivation in the hard-won love of a good woman... Thoroughly original
and intelligent...a joyful realization."
-Living Blues Magazine
"One of the rising giants of the blues...The combination of deLay's
writing, singing and harp-playing blend into a package that is monumental
in the art of musicianship...This is one act you do not want to miss."
-Southland Blues Magazine
Evidence ECD 26076-Take It From The Turnaround...
"Long known in the Northwest as one of the finest harmonica players
going, deLay appears to be poised to explode on the national scene. He
should, too, because he is a terrific singer and songwriter as well. Take
It From The Turnaround is ample evidence of his talents."
-Detroit News & Free Press
"While showcasing his amazing range, which runs from graceful
Toots Thielemans-like highs to gutbucket James Cotton lows, what really
differentiates deLay is his mastery of grooves, riffs and jazz influences...this
disc reveals the diversity of a great undiscovered blues talent."
"If Little Walter had lived another 20 years, we might have heard
similar soundsThese tracks are fascinating, everyone a gemYou could take
the other top five harp-playing bluesmen active today and, even combined,
their talents couldn't match deLay's. Six stars, highest rating, for the
ultimate blues CD in terms of virtuosity." - Real Blues Magazine
"Perhaps the most inventive and innovative harmonica player since