Paul deLay Band

Paul deLay Band

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Paul deLay - one of the finest blues harmonica players and blues songwriters on the planet - has three times been nominated for WC Handy Awards. "For my money, Paul deLay is the best harp player in the world" - Hubert Sumlin

Biography

In over two decades of touring the West Coast blues circuit, playing major festival stages far and near, and releasing chart-topping recordings, The Paul deLay Band has earned its reputation for hard-hitting blues and R&B.

A couple of years back, Paul and longtime guitarist Peter Dammann decided to take the band in a new direction, joining forces with two-fisted barrelhouse piano player David Vest and a new rhythm section for a more classic, Chicago-style sound.

Band leader Paul deLay ranks among the greatest blues harmonica players, songwriters and vocalists. His work on the chromatic harp is considered by many to be unrivaled.

Piano man and boogie woogie master David Vest brings a wealth of experience and down-home originals from his solo CDs.

Guitarist Peter Dammann, a Chicago native, has been called "one of the unsung heroes of contemporary blues." Minnick and Kahl on bass and drums are rock-solid blues veterans who love to groove, and it shows.

With Paul leading the charge, and his bandmates urging him on, this group can be counted on to cut to the chase and go for it, every time out.

In the past five years, the Paul deLay Band has appeared at prestigious festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including: Notodden Blues Festival (Norway), South Blues Blues Festival (Belgium), Telluride Jazz Celebration, Ann Arbor Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival (Blakeslee, PA), Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Louisville Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR), Tucson Blues Festival, Tampa Bay Bues Festival, Fillmore Ballroom, with Robert Cray Band (San Francisco CA), Peter Brit Festival, with Robert Cray Band (Jacksonville, OR), New York State Blues Festival, the Winnipeg and Saskatoon Jazz Festivals, and Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival...

The deLay band has been the backing unit of choice for Northwest tours by such blues legends as PINETOP PERKINS, HUBERT SUMLIN, JOHNNIE JOHNSON, SON SEALS, BO DIDDLEY and CAREY BELL.

Diehard deLay fans who've turned out to hear the band recently include actor/harmonica-blowers Bruce Willis and Bill Pullman. (The soundtrack to Pullman's '98 feature film, Zero Effect, includes deLay's "Bottom Line" from Ocean of Tears).

Raves for the Paul deLay Band:
"For a bluesman, and he's a great one, Paul deLay has the most infectiously bright spirit you're likely to hear...deLay doesn't pull any punches, and, like the best blues, his songs have the ring of truth that comes from real-life experiences." - Philadelphia Enquirer

"One of the finest blues songwriters around...easily outclasses most of the the competition when it comes to songcraft and spirit." - Washington Post

"If Little Walter had lived another 20 years, we might have heard similar sounds. You could take the other top five harp-playing bluesmen active today and, even combined, their talents couldn't match deLay's."
-Real Blues Magazine

"deLay's insights into the human condition, sung with soulful gusto against a back-drop of tenor sax, Hammond B-3, harmonica and rhythm section, is what makes Ocean of Tears seem fresh compared to the ocean of medicre blues records churned out with seeming indifference each month." - Jazz Times

"I gotta say it, man. For my money, deLay's the best harp player in the world!" - Hubert Sumlin, legendary guitarist with the late Howlin' Wolf

"This guy's gotta be heard!" - Billy Gibbons, of ZZ Top

Q: Which musician have you ever wanted to be?
A: I guess I would imagine myself as this amazing blues harmonica player, Paul deLay...
- Actor Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Zero Effect), quoted in British music magazine Mojo

"If you ever get a chance to see deLay, Vest and company, don't pass it up because it's a great show!"
- Walla Walla Blues Society Review

Lyrics

FOURTEEN DOLLARS IN THE BANK

Written By: Paul deLay

I got fourteen dollars in the bank
Fifteen hundred worth of unpaid bills
(Repeat)
I told my baby we gonna be alright
But I don't believe we will

Told the repo man this mornin'
Go ahead and take the damn TV
Tired of lookin' at stuff I can't get
When there's things we really need
They oughta have a poor folks' channel
For people down on their luck
Where they don't advertise
Not one thing
That costs you more than a buck

Fourteen dollars in the bank
Fifteen hundred worth of unpaid bills
I told my baby we gonna be alright
But I don't believe we will

Well I guess I oughta get me another job
Or maybe get nine or ten
Startin' to wonder if I'll ever
Breathe easy again

Fourteen dollars in the bank
Fifteen hundred worth of unpaid bills
Just this month
I told my baby we gonna be alright
But I don't believe we will

Panhandler just the other day
Kept followin' me down the street
Said "Give me a dollar big man"
I said Lord I hope you don't mean me
I'd be delighted to shake your hand
But I tell you I'm clean out of funds
Got better clothes than I do
Maybe you oughta give me some

Fourteen dollars in the bank
Fifteen hundred worth of unpaid bills
I told my baby we gonna be alright
But I don't believe we will

WHY CAN'T YOU LOVE ME

Written By: Paul deLay, Louis Pain

If you can love someone who treats you wrong
Why can't you love me
Some guy who jives you and strings you along
Why can't you love me
You're gettin' nothing but lies and abuse
And yet you can't seem to cut the guy loose
And all your kindness ain't of no use
Why can't you love me
If you can love a man who's no good
Why can't you love me
Some guy who never never
Treats you like he should
Why can't you love me
He's never done one good thing for you
And I'd do anything I had to do
How can it be so hard for you to choose
Oh why baby
Every time I see you've been crying
It tears the heart out of me
There must be somethin' wrong with your mind
You know you should leave
You've had trouble since the day you met
Now just how bad does it have to get
Just 'cause he hasn't quit you yet
Oh why baby
If I could get you in my arms for a minute girl
Show you how nice a man can be
If I could look you in the eye
And tell you everything's gonna be alright baby
Oh why
�1990 French Roast Music (ASCAP),
Bertha Music (ASCAP)

Why Can't You Love Me?

Written By: Paul deLay

WHY CAN'T YOU LOVE ME
If you can love someone who treats you wrong
Why can't you love me
Some guy who jives you and strings you along
Why can't you love me
You're gettin' nothing but lies and abuse
And yet you can't seem to cut the guy loose
And all your kindness ain't of no use
Why can't you love me
If you can love a man who's no good
Why can't you love me
Some guy who never never
Treats you like he should
Why can't you love me
He's never done one good thing for you
And I'd do anything I had to do
How can it be so hard for you to choose
Oh why baby
Every time I see you've been crying
It tears the heart out of me
There must be somethin' wrong with your mind
You know you should leave
You've had trouble since the day you met
Now just how bad does it have to get
Just 'cause he hasn't quit you yet
Oh why baby
If I could get you in my arms for a minute girl
Show you how nice a man can be
If I could look you in the eye
And tell you everything's gonna be alright baby
Oh why

The Other One

Written By: Paul deLay

Now what's gonna happen
To the other one
Tell her I was only foolin'
Just havin' fun
I wasn't lookin' but I met someone
And tryin' to hang onto two
Is just gonna land me none

I'm in a situation here
That I just can't win
I believe I'm spreadin' myself
A little bit too thin
Wasn't tryin' to cause trouble
But I guess that's what I've done
Now what's gonna happen to the other one
Oh the other one

One's long and lanky
One's kinda small
One way or another
Lonesome teardrops are gonna fall

What's gonna happen to the other one
Yesterday we're together
Today we're done
Wasn't tryin' to hurt nobody
But I know that's what I've done
Now what's gonna happen to the other one
Oh the other one

Discography

Heavy Rotation, the Paul deLay Band's 2001 release on the Evidence Music label, climbed to #1 on the Living Blues magazine radio charts, and hovered in the top ten for four months. deLay's earlier releases on the Philadelphia-based label (Ocean of Tears '96, Nice & Strong '98, deLay Does Chicago '99) all charted in the Living Blues top 10. The Memphis-based Blues Foundation has nominated deLay three times for W.C. Handy Awards - Best Song and Best Harmonica - one of only four Northwest artists to be nominated for the blues world's equivalent of the Grammy.

Set List

60-75 minute sets of originals and obscure blues classics. In the past 20 years we have never performed Mustang Sally, Sweet Home Chicago or Stormy Monday.