Paul Asbell | From Adamant to Atchafalaya

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From Adamant to Atchafalaya

by Paul Asbell

Acoustic Guitar-driven American Roots music... blues, jazz, appalachian music, and beyond.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
5:23 $0.99
2. From Four Until Late
3:29 $0.99
3. Atchafalaya
5:52 $0.99
4. Blue Driver
4:37 $0.99
5. Goodbye Porkpie Hat
3:09 $0.99
6. Bound for Adamant
3:51 $0.99
7. Police Dog Blues
4:00 $0.99
8. You've Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley / Whiskey Before Breakfast
3:14 $0.99
9. Look On Yonder Wall
4:00 $0.99
10. Naima
6:00 $0.99
11. I'm a King Bee
5:16 $0.99
12. Deacon Blues
5:28 $0.99
13. I'll Be Seeing You
2:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician”. He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his home- town of Chicago, Ill.

Paul moved to Vermont in the heady “back-to-the-land” days of 1971, where he still lives. He soon started playing with a head-spinningly diverse array of artists, including Big Mama Thornton, singer-songwriters Paul Siebel, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and Rosalie Sorrells, jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Stitt, and Nick Brignola, and many
others. In 1978, seeking an outlet for more personal musical visions, he formed Kilimanjaro, and record- ed 2 award-winning albums for Philo Records which led to several appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival at SPAC, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen, and numerous national tours and concert dates.

In 1981, he and other members of Kilimajaro joined forces with a legendary saxophonist/blues singer to form Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band, which remained a Northeast regional favorite until Big Joe’s passing in 2005.
Performance/recording credits in recent years include David Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Michael Ray, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Wild Magnolias, John Stowell, guitar wunderkind Julian Lage, and ex-student Trey Anastasio.

Since 1994, Paul has been reconnecting with his original folk-based roots in enthusiastically received festival shows and solo concerts. Recent appearances include Healdsburg and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, and numerous acoustic venues across the country. His 2 solo acoustic CDs, “Steel-String Americana” and “Roots and Branches”, received rave reviews in Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, Downbeat, Sing Out, Vintage Guitar, etc for its highly individualized twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes and original pieces from the “american roots” tradition. The Flynn Theatre called them “A genre-blurring, virtuosic waltz through the deep heritage of American folklore, where styles of Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Dr. John rub elbows with those of Joe Pass and Bill Frisell.” Others have said “It is quite the best CD of acoustic guitar that I have heard in years!”



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dan erlewine

More Than Just Blues . . .
Because of his great technique Paul Asbell is a guitar player's guitar player for sure, but he's way more than that. He's a warm singer and storyteller that can take an old American folk or blues song that you thought you'd heard enough times and knock you out with it. He has such a recognizable style! I have been fortunate to hear Paul play live several times and look forward to the next time.


The guy is amazing...
I've admired Paul Asbell’s guitar playing for years. The guy is amazing. After seeing him perform many of the tunes on this CD shortly after it's release, I managed to listen to only a few minutes of it at a time the car ...doing the dish, etc. You know how that goes, right?

So when April 15 comes along and I'm facing a long slog with the long form, I'm thinking "Perfect! Finally! …some captive time to really listen to this thing, front to back.”

So I did. Track after track after track..... over and over. It's that good.

Not a good enough excuse, however, to get the IRS to waive the penalties and interest for missing the filing deadline!

Consider yourself warned!

Michael Wong

Paul Asbell's Guitar Mastery
Paul Asbell’s sublime trilogy beginning with “Steel String Americana, followed by "Roots and Branches" and culminating (so far) with "From Adamant to Atchafalaya” is a journey and exploration of Americana in a way that have never been done before. It is a survey of what makes American music so distinctive while acknowledging it’s source origins. (celtic, afro-carribean, etc.). Paul’s mastery of the jazz, blues and “country blues” guitar genre and “in character” vocals gives him the perfect platform to present these arrangements that are whimsical, sometimes tongue in cheek, sometimes beautiful to the point of tears. A thoroughly entertaining emotional journey that stirs the soul!

Keith McGee

Beautiful Playing!
Paul serves up true blues and American music on this album-also pristine recording quality!


American Roots Music at its finest
I wholeheartedly echo the sentiments expressed by the reviewers who have given this body of work the highest of ratings. More than an accomplished artist, singer, virtuoso guitarist and musician, Paul Asbell is a storyteller, and listening to this latest chapter in his Steel String Americana trilogy of CDs feels like being immersed in an enchanting musical history book.
Each CD is different in its own right, but all three are linked by music with shared roots. And the only way to bring this story to life is having an artist with both the musical talents and historical knowledge to put it all together. It’s refreshing to know that American roots music is in such good hands and I hope that Paul Asbell is already at work on the next and exciting chapter!