Paula Held will present a fine acoustic concert Saturday, April 28th, at 7:00 PM.
Paula, a fine songwriter, singer, and guitarist from Austin has written and played her
music in and around Austin for some time and has attracted a significant fan base over the years.
For this concert, she teams with noted string meister and songwriter, Andrew Hardin.
Paula Held is an award-winning, Austin-based songwriter and performer. Raised in New England and Spain, her music is informed by a variety of influences from classical music and popular jazz, to folk, rock & blues.
Paula's debut album, "DRIVE", is a "beautifully produced, folk-pop gem," arranged and produced by Stephen Doster in Austin TX. "DRIVE is a personal cartography, a songline of the heart. If, as the Aborigine of Australia believed, it is necessary to sing one's way through all the landmarks leading home, then DRIVE is this woman's audible map. The route marks not just a heart's exterior migratory routes, but the off-season pathways to the soul's interior." writes NEA winning author Alison Moore.
"With a voice as immediately familiar and tender as a dear friend or fondly remembered lover, Held spins her songs from natural imagery and a vivid sensual lexicon. She draws from the finest and most sophisticated strains across the breadth of popular music to weave a sound that transcends genre to become timeless and endearing." writes Austin music critic Rob Patterson.
Recorded after 30 years gestation, study and child-rearing, Paula creates, with the help of veteran
producer Stephen Doster a journey of inexplicable longing. "Drive is no freshman effort," writes
Margaret Moser, of the Austin Chronicle, "these are songs written by someone who's been wise enough
to wait until her time is ripe." "DRIVE ... [is] a crafty concoction of heartfelt folk and vintage
jazz that has earned the chanteuse both critical acclaim and stage-time in notable songwriter hubs
like Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe." writes Claire Ashton of the Statesman.
DRIVE features one of two songs that won as finalists in two separate categories in the 2010 John
Lennon Songwriting Contest (You're My Falling Star - track 4). Paula's music is described as lyrically
rich, melodic, sensual … with themes ranging from longing, love, loss, surrender & faith to stories of
struggle and redemption. "Leavin' Happy" is based on a character from Happy, TX, and was also a 2010
John Lennon Songwriting contest finalist.
Quotes about Paula...
"Paula Held adds new ideas to the jazz-related work of now famous female artists like Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux. Her songs are beautiful, the melody lines fine, her voice is flexible and sultry, [and] the accompaniment is excellent ..."
~ Fred Schmale, Real Roots Cafe, The Netherlands
“DRIVE is a curiously addictive marriage of folk, pop and jazz influences. Paula and Andrew light up
the stage together. Held's poetic lyricism and sophisticated melodies combine with Hardin's fire-breathing, intricate, electric-rock and blues-informed guitar lines to create a rare magic onstage."
~ Arthur Wood, Maverick Magazine, UK
"After our early show at the Cattle Guard a couple of restless Gringos stopped in at Anderson Fair where
we were thrown smack-dab in the middle of wonderful show by Paula Held who was on this particular evening
backed by the brilliant riffs of my fellow Jimmy LaFave alumnus, Andrew Hardin. All I can say is, when
you're hot, you're hot, and these guys were cooking. Paula is a superb song crafts-person with emotion
to spare and a good story at every turn. Andrew is a mellifluous player and an entertaining chap in his
own right. I highly recommend that if you see either of these names on the schedule of your favorite club
that you leave the dishes for tomorrow and go check them out. Beautiful people, beautiful music, and a
chemistry worth investigating!"
~ Ron Welch of the Swinging Gringos (Houston, TX)
2011 Patronism.com artist
2011 Finalist Wildflower contest
2010 Finalist Songwriter Serenade contest
2010 Double-finalist John Lennon Songwriting Contest
2010 ASG Bluebird Contest winner
2009 ASG Scholarship recipient
Andrew Hardin was singer-songwriter Tom Russell's right hand man for more than 20 years, touring & recording
in the 1980's and early 90's as The Tom Russell Band's fire-breathing, country-rock electric- guitar slinger,
producing or co-producing several of Russell's albums and, through 2005, touring internationally with Russell
as an acoustic duo. He has recorded four guitar oriented CDs, and has performed and/or recorded with such
artists as Jimmy Lafave, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eliza Gilkyson, Dave Alvin, Don Edwards, Butch Hancock, and others.
Quotes about Andrew...
"The lanky New Yorker ran down country and flamenco on his acoustic with all the flair of 100 mariachis and 1,000 honky-tonkers."
- Austin Chronicle
"Guitarist Andrew Hardin turned a humble six-string acoustic into an orchestra with his dazzling
- Steve Morris, Birmingham, England
"This guy was amazing. I could only see Hardin's left hand on the neck of the guitar, but it was still
a sight. At times it moved like the hand of a saxophonist performing a furious solo. Each guitar excursion-
about a dozen- elicited gasps and applause."
- Reno Gazette-Journal
Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!