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New EP Announced + April 19 Release Gig! 

I am happy to announce a brand new EP of original material, set for release next Thursday, April 11! The three songs on this release have been in my live sets for the last couple of years, and I felt that they needed their own spotlight, as Mike Budd (bass) and David Kendall (drums) bring them to new heights as usual. I have a boatload of material for the next full length CD, and I decided I didn't want these 'older' songs to sit alongside the new stuff. So here you go -- Old Becomes New! We'll celebrate with a show at the trusty Dublin Pub on Friday April 19. Woot!

Floydian Slips Shows Announced! 

I am happy to announce that my Pink Floyd tribute band Floydian Slips returns this August for two shows - Friday the 30th at Revolution Hall (all ages), and the next day in Eugene at the Cuthbert. This is our 22nd year of doing these shows. Unlike other newer tribute bands, we only play 2-3 times a year and therefore it's always a really big deal with lasers, lights, two full sets of Floyd plus encore. Great stuff. Below is video from New Year's Eve 2014. You can get tickets to the Portland show here and the Eugene show here.

Studio Peek - February 2019 

Things probably seemed fairly quiet last year - not a lot of gigs or posts here. But it was anything but. I got on a bit of a writing roll and every time I went to Studio Dave, we laid down backing tracks to one or two new tunes. So come 2019, I have a backlog and am starting to peck away at finishing things. Spent some time last week laying down acoustic guitar on a song called What You Hold Near. I used my 1966 Gibson J-50 that I have had since age 11, and a 10-string Michael Kelly guitar that Dave had. More details to come!

Coming Back to Dublin - March 21, 2019! 

I am excited to announce another Thursday acoustic gig at the infamous Dublin Pub in Portland. The Dublin was the first venue I played in Portland oh some 30-ish years ago. It became a second home and my band The Strangers played dozens of times there in the early 90s. I have gone back over the years for solo gigs, reunions and power trio shows. It'll be great to hit the stage again, and at a nice early 7 a.m. start! Thursday March 21. See you there!

RIP David Bowie 

Back in the 90s I played some acoustic shows in Eugene, Oregon at a place called Good Times. I stumbled on this last night from 1996, played on a nylon string I wish I still had (never sella guitar). The more I dig into people's comments about Bowie's passing the more I reminded how fuckin amazing he was. Ugh...

Happy Winter! 

Hey everyone! Been a little busy on the home front, yet still little musical ideas pop up every now and again and thanks to the beauty of technology I am able to capture and develop them quickly. Hoping for some new music to play for you (and hopefully record) in the coming months. Also happy to have booked March 12 at the White Eagle, details forthcoming. Until then, have a superb holiday season. I'll leave you with the below jam for the 10/10/15 show at The Gemini. Enjoy!
 

Summer's Over! 

Had a great summer. Pretty quiet on the music front except for having the honor of busting out the national anthem at the Hillsboro Hops ball game with my Floydian Slips band mate Al Toribio (video below). Now getting fired up to do some jamming with the guys this month in prep for our next show, at The Gemini in Lake Oswego October 10. More to come on that. For now, enjoy the start of Fall and the national anthem below! :)

CD Release Wrap-Up! 

Well, it’s been a couple of months since the CD release shows wrapped. I got busy getting back to regular life as a civilian and frankly was ready for a little break from all of the activity! But it was an awesome few months and the whole run of shows frankly far exceeded my expectations.
 
We played six gigs in three states, and I was proud to share stages with of course my core guys Mike and Dave but also our musical brothers and sisters Nicole Campbell, Al Toribio, Mike Walker, John Shipe, Allen Bush, Sean Flannery, and my old high school band buddies together for the first time since 1986 Kevin Brown, Tom Gutierrez, Eric Johnson and Tom Luce.
 
I did a good amount of promo too, appearing on radio shows on KMUZ, NWCZ, KRVM, KOOL, KZEL, and was featured on the local music spotlight on Portland’s KINK Radio (twice!).
 
Most importantly, the music has been received very well, validating what I suspected, which was that the CD turned out right. The recorded songs are really resonating with people, and that of course is the most satisfying out of all of this. The live versions smoked and by that last gig in the Bay Area, the band was wicked tight.
 
I’m recharging the batteries right now but the next gig is in October and I hope to have some new songs to debut! Onward!

Paul, with Dave and Mike

New Show Announced - Bay Area on April 18 

We blew it out in Portland, Seattle and Eugene. Now, I am really excited to announce this final CD release show in the Bay Area for a couple of reasons. First, I get to share the bill with my friend Tom Luce. Tom and I were in one of my very first bands, and certainly one of the best, way back in high school. The band was called Osiris and we rocked. Yeah we were teenagers and therefore unpolished and our musical skills were, how we say, emerging...

But that was a lot of the magic and beauty of it. Our love of heavy rock and prog led to some epic jams and even a tape of original material. I always wished we could have pushed on past high school but you know how it goes. I and the other guys in the band have stayed close but have not played all together since 1986. Yeah you read that right. Tom has gone on to have an amazing and admirable musical career that unfolds to this day. Go to www.luceband.com for the whole story. So I am honored and totally stoked to be sharing the stage with him.

And of course, I have a long history with the Bay Area, having grown up in Cupertino and attended high school and college there, plus the many work friends and colleagues I have to this day. I am so pumped to come back home and do some damage!

We'll play an hour, Tom will play an hour and change, and then maybe, just maybe, Osiris will rise from the dead for the first time since 1986. Gotta be there to know for sure...


 

Seattle was Super Sized! 

Wow, what a fun night in Seattle. The band trucked North to the land o'grunge to play a fantastic venue - the High Dive, a crow's flight from the Space Needle and Hendrix Experience center. Everything about the place was top-notch. Super friendly staff, great sound engineer, bitchin' stage and free PBR - what more can a guy ask for?

We shared the bill with two excellent Seattle bands - Swords for Arrows, and Explone. Did a short and sweet 45 minute set in the middle slot and pow-wowed with long lost friends and family before and after. Hope to get back up there sooner rather than later. We were well-recieved so hoping it'll happen. Here is a tune from the gig:

 

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Upcoming Shows

Floydian Slips at Revolution Hall

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St, Portland

Floydian Slips make a grand return to Revolution Hall for this all-ages show. Over the last two decades, the band has played just 42 shows, with the intent to make each one unique musically and visually. August's performance follows this ethos, with a set list of Floyd gems that hits the familiar and also digs deep. Lights and lasers return, augmenting the 8-piece band’s note- and feel-perfect rendition of the Floyd’s live repertoire. This will likely be the band’s only Portland play this year, so come bask in the magic of the Floyd as delivered by Floydian Slips – the PNW’s premiere Floyd tribute band!