This guy can make music. Check out his latest CD Shooting Stars.
A 1968 Taranaki farmboy, Paul SymonsÂ says he grew up listening to late night AM radio & learning songs at lunchtime guitar lessons.
He decided to maximize the â€˜Bluesnessâ€™ of life by acquiring a vintage Bedford schoolbus and heading off in a never-ending spiral around the South and occasionally the North island, playing pubs, skifields, motorcycle rallies & festivals. Along the way holding down job as oilrig worker, gardener, painter, wharfie, builder, sawmiller and dumptruck driver (strictly for the â€˜Johnny-Cashnessâ€™). The ever-expanding tour came to a welcome halt in Auckland in the mid 90s and the housebus was tethered.
The first album â€œSpacemanâ€ was released in 2005 – think cool slide guitar and catchy songs.
He spent time Â fronting and playing slide with legendry Westy party-band â€œThe Dustersâ€, playing pedal-steel with alt country combo â€œToo Far Goneâ€ and Â playing original music with Lott Larson in â€œF3â€ (the Fickle Finger of Fate).
Then, as fate would have it, Lott Larsen joined Paul in February 2011 to make theâ€œShooting Starsâ€ album at Wellingtonâ€™s Braeburn Studio with drummer Des Mallon. Planning underway for getting about a bit more & making some ruckus. Soon as Paul finishes the rebuild on the Schoolbusâ€¦
I just call him the grooveÂ Meister, Paul can take his Takemine (One of the best sounding ones I have ever heard) and set up a groove like a Â South Island train track.
Watch out for the blue and white Bedford at festivals – don’t camp near it if you want an early night.
– Pete, (history details from Paul’s bio)