1-CD with 20-page booklet, 17 tracks. Playing time approx. 52 mns.
Singer-songwriter Billy Paul's introduction to music came with the singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. He later idolized Elvis and Buddy Holly, and played in R&B and rockabilly bands before delving into country music. After high school, Billy Paul hit the road, working in the nightclubs of Colorado and California. Pulled irresistibly to Texas, he toured throughout the southwest for the next five years. Some of his biggest dates include the Kerrville Festival where he appeared with legends like Ernest Tubb, Don Williams, and The Texas Playboys.
At the Cheetam Street Warehouse he played alternate nights with George Strait. In 1978 he and his band were nominated for 'Band of the Year' by the 'Austin Statesman.' Now Billy Paul's on Bear Family, and his new CD contains 17 titles including Buckshot Buck, Rodeo Queen, '57 Fairlane, Hillybilly Hula Gal und My House Is Your Honky Tonk.
Introduction by Michael Ballew
I first met Billy Paul in 1988 when he made a quest from Hawaii to Austin in search of songs for a CD, he was planning. Three things impressed me:First, the way he handled the phrasing of country music with his rich baritone voice that can only come from the heart. Second, the fire in his gut that is the mark of what I’ve come to call a lifer – that rare drive of love to entertain that separates the weekenders from the full timers.Third, his good taste in choosing one of my songs for the project.I could easily go on and on about my old friend, but when you listen you will know why I am also an old fan. I am very particular about my friends and the music I choose to listen to.
A warm salute to Billy Paul, and his exceptional CD, you now hold in your hand.
|Texas Rose (CD) 1|
|5:||Still Water Runs The Deepest|
|11:||The Real Thing|
|15:||Nothin' Can Stop Me|
|16:||My House Is Your Honky Tonk|
|17:||Hillbilly Hula Gal|