Paul Messinger will be performing songs from AMERICA July 31st at the Durham Central Park as part of the 12th annual Warehouse Blues Series. More info
AMERICA is a song-cycle about the idea of America ...
What is this place we call America ... who are these people we call Americans?
The idea of America has, for over two centuries, drawn the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of
mankind to these shores … Let us go then, you and I, and begin-again to
explore the place(s) peopled with that idea …
Take me to the land of the mad-men, and the poets, take me to the Waffle-House at 4am, and you will know America, you will find America
"This CD is for repeated listening, so one may sink into this new original artistic vision and discover more as time goes on. One can listen on many levels - to appreciate the astounding sonic quality alone, to explore the sophisticated and unique arrangements of the songs, to get into the lyrics which tell a story, and even to enjoy some unique harmonica playing sprinkled throughout."
"It's quirky, intriguing music, full of unexpected twists and turns, meandering through rock, blues, gospel, and folk without ever hanging around in any one genre for very long. Even if you're a native, this is a trip worth taking."
"...Here it is Paul Messinger and his many wonderful Musicians who have contributed to this Recording... a cross between madness the uniquely sublime... Pink Floyd meets Monty Python a trip beyond the norm... "
"Paul is a SONGWRITER whose instrument of choice happens to be harmonica. He doesn’t write harmonica songs, or write songs to show off his harp chops…he writes songs, then adds harp as needed to color the songs the way a violin (fiddle?) would. Paul’s harp on this album is outstanding, and some is technically amazing, but it ALWAYS serves the song."
Death Don’t Have No Mercy (w/ Special Guest JOE FILISKO)/Track #11, performed LIVE w/ Climb Jacob’s Ladder at The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC, 9/22/2011
The Making of AMERICA
Miss Raney Hayes at OverDub Lane
Paul Messinger discussing arrangements with guitarist Hugh Swaso at OverDub Lane
Paul Messinger and Hugh Swaso working on parts at OverDub Lane
Rob DiMauro’s drum-kit set-up at OverDub lane
Rob DiMauro … first played with him when he was 19 years old, knew then he was going to be special
Hugh Swaso, getting ready to shred
Paul Messinger, trying out my 70’s Shure 545
Raney Hayes, working on some harmony ideas
Paul and Hugh working it
More parts and arrangement discussions
Paul Messinger and Raney Hayes
Paul Messinger and Raney Hayes
The Apple Song, Psycho Yuppie, and Mystic Chord of Memory session, at OverDub Lane: From left: Joel Keel (Bass, Bar-Talk), Paul Messinger, Crystal Bright (Saw), Jason Merritt (Co-Producer/Engineer, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Loops,), Danny Gotham (Guitars), Gary Mitchell (Guitars, Vocals), Lance Ashley (Keyboards, Bar-Talk), Rob DiMauro (Drums, Bar-Talk), Jay Shirley took that picture
Brandon Baily, Harp-Boxing at OverDub Lane
Paul Messinger/Brandon Baily
Brent Lambert, Mastering Engineer, at The Kitchen Mastering
Buddy Hankerson, (Bass)
Crystal Bright (photo by Todd E. Gaul)
John Currie, dobro, at OverDub Lane, A Little Faith session
Paul Messinger’s pedal board, multiple sessions, at OverDub Lane
Hugh Swaso, (shredding overdubs on Psycho Yuppie and The Ballad of Roy and G, at OverDub Lane)
Hugh Swaso and Jason Merritt, doing work, at OverDub Lane!!!
Jason Merritt, Mr. Everything, twisting the dials, at OverDub Lane
Jay Shirley, Louisiana born and bred, master of the analog keyboard and B3
Jay Manley (Guitars), taking a break during IOWA rehearsals
Lance Ashley, at OverDub Lane
Control Room at OverDub Lane
Gary Mitchell, at OverDub Lane, The Apple Song session
Paul Messinger and Crystal Bright, at OverDub Lane, The Apple Song session
Paul Messinger, OverDub Lane
Paul Messinger/Raney Hayes
Steve (Superman) Watson, (Pedal-Steel, Lap-Steel, Dobro, Acoustic and Electric Guitars), AMERICA session, at OverDub Lane
Jason Merritt (and chicken), during IOWA rehearsals
Paul Messinger and Steve (Superman) Watson
Paul Messinger performing at MerleFest 2015
Paul Messinger and Hank Smith
Paul Messinger, Jason Merritt, John Federal at The Cave