Paul Farnham
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I'm just a fella trying to keep the troubador tradition alive in the Cyber Space Age on its terms.
Why this name?
My mama chose it.
Do you play live?
I perform as much as possible. Its what greases my wheels. I've been doing this for 30 years and the special moments are far too numerous to recount (there've been more than a few sucky moments as well, but you learn to get over it and soldier on).
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I'm relatively new to this and I didn't come out the womb knowing how to navigate this stuff like my daughter and all of our friends' kids seemingly did, but I'm having a blast with it and making friends all over the map. Its affect on the music industry is, in a word, liberating. The Big Time Recording Contract is no longer the sole path to the ears of the world.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Never say "never". However, in the current climate I'd be, at the very least, cautious if not reluctant. I can't presently afford an army of lawyers to make sure that I don't end up grabbin' my ankles. The majors tend to throw back most of the fish that they catch.
Band History:
Singer-songwriter Paul Farnham is a "must see" performer who has been entertaining audiences of all ages for more than 30 years. With his soothing sound of awesome originals and interpretations of classic pop, blues, jazz, R&B and traditional melodies, Paul has developed a veritable kaleidoscope of musical styles.Original compositions such as "Single Candle's Light" and show both the rewards and hardships that life can offer, while Paul's renditions of "Midnight Special" and "Heatwave" make you long for a pair of dancing shoes.Known for his keen interest in local history and folklore, Paul's "Old Pennsylvania" sung in both English and Pennsylvania German, draws each listener into the voices of yesteryear, yearning for simpler times.
Your influences?
My influences include such diverse artists as Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Morrison, Phil Ochs and Smokey Robinson.
Favorite spot?
At the business end of a live mic with a guitar strapped to my shoulders.
Equipment used:
My axe is an Alvarez Yairi. I use a small Peavey PA.
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