"Many thanks for sending us a copy of your new CD, and what a mesmerizing, fresh sounding project it is… Your originals are the real backbone of this project - nice melodies, sharp lyrics and tunes that really have something to say... the level of musicianship on this project is just awesome - everyone turns in some incredible performances. Thanks again for the wonderful tunes. I'll be doing my best to help spread the word here in Nashville ..."
WPLN-FM, Nashville, Tennessee
"From a review of the album 'Red Dirt Road'
Original Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music by Linda Erickson and Paul Wallis.
"Having played for years in the Blues, Gospel, jazz, and acoustic country genre's, Paul has written some original tunes that evoke
the great American landscape and beautiful pure emotion."
I left Southern California at about age 19 to live in rural/small town NW Oregon. Been there ever since. Fell in Love with the music of Flatt and Scruggs, Hank Williams, The Dilliards and Merle Haggard all around that time. The music coming out of the great state of California then was pretty damn good too. Poco, New Riders, Byrds, Eagles, The Dead, The Kentucky Colonels (with Clarence and Roland White!) and such. Maybe they weren’t all from California… not sure about that.
Tried to be a Bluegrass Banjo player… If ya don't have the thumb part, ya can't play Bluegrass banjo. I learned to play bass in a Bluegrass band, started singing melody and harmony and after a while tried to figure out the songwriting thing. Still trying. Got really lucky playing Bluegrass in that I just happened to fall in with some great players, I mean really great, world class. Playing Bluegrass is not easy. Not many can get that good at it. It was inspiring to play with those guys and gals.
Anyway, enough about me… what’s your story?