Since his 1994 self titled debut, Paul's approach to writing and performing has been rooted in delivering heartfelt and memorable material. Subsequent releases 'Cross The Mississippi' (1997), 'Simple Yesterdays' (2002) and 'Not Quite Nashville' (2006) continued in the songwriter's songwriter direction. Paul Stephens fifth release; "Windshield Memoirs" (2008), ups the writers creative anti with eleven sharply penned new compositions covering a wide range of lyrical, emotional and musical ground and named by the Independent Music Awards (IMA) as a finalist for Country Album of the year 2009. The release crosses over somewhere between Country and Americana celebrating southern rock in "Cowgirls & Cowbells", "Small Packages" and "Nashville Rain"; paying reverence to musical icons such as Joni Mitchell, Carl Perkins and Furrey Lewis in "When In Memphis", referencing Pet Sounds in "Blind Spot" or lamenting the past via "Back In Vaudeville" and the haunting 'Annie's Ashes'; each track on this release is a unique portrait contributing to the underlying roadmap that makes up "Windshield Memoirs". The CD was recorded and mixed in Nashville with producer P.T. Houston (Texas Tornados, Richard Manuel, Randy Meisner, Phil Everly) and some great players including : Brian Davidson Dan Dugmore (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Tim McGraw) Glen Duncan (Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney) Don Kerce (Brett Michaels, Disappear Fear) Paul Schoelten (Brooks & Dunn, Craig Morgan) Gary Smith (Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Faith Hill) "I will forever be in debt to Houston for his amazing work on this project". "We had a great time making the record and got to work with some awesome players which as musicians, we really appreciated". A seasoned performer who has shared bills with the varied likes of Jim Lauderdale, Gary Bennett (BR549), Webb Wilder, Brian Henneman (the Bottlerockets), Bugs Henderson, Leon Russell, Rick Derringer and Unknown Hinson; Paul plans to expand his performance schedule while continuing to write and record new material. 'I love to write songs". 'The only goal I have is to be productive and genuine in my writing and performances.' In this rests the secret to Paul's craft - he writes and sings about what he knows best...
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