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From Long Gones to Hawkmoth

by Paul Curreri

(5/02) Part front-porch drawl, part freight-train muscle, punch the guitar, country blues the town back to red and then keep going...
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Miles Run the Daffodil Down
3:48 $0.99
2. Senseless As a Cuckoo
4:26 $0.99
3. Blame Love
3:05 $0.99
4. Bees
4:31 $0.99
5. On Hopeless Love
4:44 $0.99
6. Southfried Backyard Train
2:45 $0.99
7. Another For Allen and Sally
3:28 $0.99
8. Maria
4:01 $0.99
9. Beautiful Gun and a Locketful of Honey
3:40 $0.99
10. God Moves On the City
4:14 $0.99
11. Hawkmoth
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Arriving in October of 2000, Paul Curreri quickly became a focal member of Charlottesville, Virginia's bustling acoustic music scene (voted "Best Local Solo Musician 2001" Cville Weekly). His poetic country blues - at times relaxed, at times exploding - soon set the feet moving of audience after silent audience. WTJU's Aer Stephen referred to Curreri as "a ruffled gypsy gutter cowboy ... a true life adventure - a bright new voice," and Cville Weekly music columnist, Stephen Barling, called Curreri "inventive, powerful, and unpredictable."

City Salvage Records, the independent Brooklyn-based label that published Drawings and Other Failures by painter Andy Friedman, proudly released Curreri's first studio effort, From Long Gones to Hawkmoth, in June of 2002. Curreri's songs and inspired performances have since caught the attention of a wider circle, leading to touring engagements with the likes of Kelly Joe Phelps (who would eventually produce & play on Paul's follow-up, Songs for Devon Sproule), Hot Tuna, John Koerner, David Amram, Corey Harris, Chris Smither, Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, John Herald, Jeff Foucault, Jeff Lang, and Geoff Muldaur. "Paul Curreri gives what few other songwriters can," writes Matt Dellinger of The New Yorker. "It hits you soon and hard that you're hearing something exquisite."

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Also available from Paul:

"Songs for Devon Sproule" (May, 2003) the sophomore effort by Paul Curreri

& "The Spirit of the Staircase," (December, 2004)

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"Curreri, a young singer-songwriter who blends his impressive facility for blues guitar and piano with an exceptional songwriting ability, brings a renewed eloquence to the medium."

- The New Yorker
April 16, 2001 issue

"...Or, pick a night, an evening with rain or mist and a shy moon, and get caught in the current of his clockwork acoustic guitar, get showered by the notes that arc off the strings like sparks. Curreri wrings bent and worried tones and hacks ringing, open-ended chords to punctuate points, or question arguments, or second emotions. It's a more lively conversation -- among himself, his guitar, his characters, his listeners -- than you get in a roomful of people."

- Mike Parisi
Music Columnist, The Hook

"It's not everyday that a musician comes along and with that first note you just know it's going to be a treat to listen to. I can honestly say that the music of Paul Curreri not only does that, but it continues to with each song, no matter how many times you've heard it. To classify him is like trying to classify the whole of the United States. He is a melting pot of Dylan, Prine, Simon, and Hurt all topped with Paul's own unique twist. I love this guy's stuff."

- K. Bartlett Shaw
Ashland Coffee and Tea

"There's a shitload of people making a living who don't have half the talent Paul Curreri does. No secret doors to walk through- he's just a great writer, a great singer, and a great guitar player- Paul's got every tool imaginable."

- Chuck Brodsky
Red House Records recording artist

"Enter Paul Curreri, the local folk scene's favorite new face. I'd been hearing a lot of good things about Curreri, and they weren't exaggerated. He's got a great style and delivery - and his songs have a "living" feel. He's inventive, powerful, and unpredictable; very uncommon traits in a solo acoustic performer. Definitely keep your ears peeled for him...

- Cripsy Duck
Cville Weekly music columnist

"Paul Curreri is as good at what he does as I
am at what I do."

- Peter Cunningham
NYC still-film artist, photographer

"Anyone who's seen Paul shock a noisy barroom into silence has experienced what it must have been like to see Dylan breaking onto the folk scene in the early '60s - though his charisma, surrealistic lyrics, and beat-angel voice are without precedent."

- Brady Earnhart
Charlottesville songwriter, JMU Poetry Professor

"Curreri cadence - talkin' to you - smilin' inside - disheveled stream of consciousness - a ruffled gypsy gutter cowboy - tattered and torn - slightly cuckoo, almost too sane - his songs paint images that wake the brain - trains, rivers, tumbleweeds, love, & lust - a true life adventure - a bright new voice."

- Aer Stephen 91.1 FM, WTJU,
Charlottesville, Virginia

"BEST LOCAL SOLO MUSICIAN 2001 -- In the words of the second of his two self-titled discs, the intended daydream has hit the street. Curreri can be just as elusive and charismatic as a 1962 Dylan... and full of himself, in a self-celebrating, fun, Whitmanesque kind of way. Plus, the well-traveled Richmond native's got rakish good looks, literary chops, and a vision of America chock full o' trains, fair maidens by rivers, and country roads. "

- Cville Weekly's "BEST OF 2001" issue



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The beginning was awesome too
This is a superb record, and simply astounding when viewed as a debut. The occasional subtle accompaniment is very sophisticated, and Paul's phrasing is truly choice. From Long Gones to Hawkmoth is honest, masterful, concentrated, and simply a fantastic record from a very deep soul.

Doug McClean

Who starts out better than this?
I purchased this record all out of order. After owning and being transfixed by Paul Curreri's sophomore CD, I sought more and found this album, released a year prior. My elation at the discovery was eclipsed only by my reaction to the music here. "Songs for Devon Sproule," the next year's record, is rooted in this. Fans of live shows will recognize songs like "The Hawkmoth" and "Blame Love," or "Maria" or "Senseless As a Cuckoo," which stands as one of my favorite compositions by any artist. (I've heard through friends that Paul had a few demo cds prior even to this record, though none of us have been able to get our hands on one. Some of these songs are supposedly on those demos, which would be cool to hear.) This is just such beautiful work, and as much as I long to look backward in this young artist's development, the rewards of looking forward leave me wanting nothing. Paul seems to no longer be the "seed of hopeless love," but his satisfaction in life, in song, & love (see seem to only increase his compassion toward his talent. Congratulations to Paul for such a stellar career opener!!!

R.B. Smith

Better tha the 60's folk/blues scene, and I was there.
I'm a 58 year old folk/blues music freak. I was in The Village in the 60's and I have seen nothing before or since that is better than this extrodinary singer/songwriter. The CD's are superb, but it is the live performance that will snatch your heart away! I'm somehwat ambivalent about saying it, but I believe that Von Ronk's shoes can be filled now.


A guitarist posessed!
I don't think there's anything I can say that hasn't already been said about Paul. He's just spellbinding.
Buy this cd!


Step 1: Get Born On Fire
Trying to capture Paul Curreri on tape must be like trying to cram the pre-built ship into the beer bottle. Now that I think about it though, Curreri does seem to pull some massive ships out've beer bottles. All I mean is that his live shows are unsurpassed and mezmorizing, balls-to-the-wall, and i almost feel sorry for his engineers. This CD, however, does something different. It whispers (beautifully). It concentrates on the craftsmanship and underlying purity of Curreri's talents. As a learned, researched, open-eared, southern DJ, I'm willing to state my humble opinion. There simply is no greater a debut record to date. This record laid the richest dynamite. His second lit the fuse. His third will probably make me bald.

Bob Bionche

Get Paul Curreri back to San Francisco
Paul Curreri finally releases his first official record! "From Long Gones to Hawkmoth" is fantastic. I caught the foot-stamping Curreri perform many of these live in San Francisco this past winter. These versions, some with sparse accompaniment, are calmer, more in control. But Paul can clearly find the same intensity in that control. It doesn't surprise me. Listen closely to those guitar chops. They leave me shaking my head. Not for their difficulty (though they ain't simple), but for their taste. And his voice sounds spectacular, every groan and grumble and bark that surrounds his poetry ("Kerosene lamp as the early evening falls / I'm picking you a basket of fruit / Eat the fruit, love / Cut it into tiny pieces / I picked the fruit especially for you"). Kudos to whoever recorded this project. Buy this record. Support this unbelievable talent. Make your life better.

Cynthia Ratzinger

more than an impressive debut
From the thunderous opening chord to the playful hopskotching finale, "From Long Gones to Hawkmoth" is more than an impressive debut. A friend purchased the record for me for my birthday. The card read, "Wanna hear someone pour out his soul?" Paul Curreri seems to do more than that here. He seems to pour out his soul, squeeze his guitar, sing his heart out, and then (I imagine) try to find the breath to laugh at how much fun he's having. He's clearly studied a wide range of blues and folk guitar (isn't that the American classic, "Freight Train," at the beginning of his song "Maria"?), but it doesn't feel derivitive. He uses it! And he's clearly read his share of literature, but again, his lyrics stands as original. And no matter what anyone says, no one sings with more honesty. I don't know where this young man from Virginia learned to love his work enough to work this hard, but I'm thankful he did. I'm saving my fifth star for the next release. I got a feeling Paul Curreri's going to get better and better.

Faye Albertino

This record wipes clean the slate.
"From Long Gones to Hawkmoth" is a breathtaking and shimmering record. Each outstanding song acts as a building block born to exist in this towering and leakless wall of a project. When I think back, I can't recall to what standards I held music before encountering Paul Curreri. Everything has really changed.

Owen Roberts

great CD, amazing songwriter, unique guitar player, great vocalist and lyricist
I have been listening to this CD non-stop since I got it. Paul Curreri is such a great vocalist and lyricist i find myself humming and singing the tunes everywhere I go. The one drawback is that some of the songs have other instrumentalists, which is pretty good, but I don't think they add much and take away from Curreri a little. Besides that the CD is just awesome.

pete spring

a breezy ride through the countryside
listening to this cd is the musical equivalent of a breezy afternoon ride through the virginia piedmont. i can't take it out of the car cd player.why isn't this guy national yet?he will be,get him now before the rush!
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