Paulie Bluenote and The Dukes
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Paulie Bluenote and The Dukes


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Put Up Your Dukes! CD released June 1, 2005. Heard on rockabilly radio programs world wide. Community radio airplay and streaming internet nationwide. Airplay on FM top 40 radio stations new tallent shows.


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Paulie Bluenote (Guitar/Vocals):

Not a real special man, but a man nonetheless. I started my musical life on the trumpet very early. I took lessons for many years. During the course of the lessons and playing in school bands I picked up other instruments as well. Mostly horns. I took some violin lessons and some piano lessons, but not of them stuck. Except for the trumpet that is. My brother got a guitar. I thought it was the coolest thing. But I was a trumpet player and had no business playing a guitar. I was playing the trumpet, my sister was playing the piano, and my brother was playing the guitar. That's the way it was. I had always had a knack for picking up an instrument and within a short time being able to play it. I don't know how. I still do it today. So I was infatuated with this guitar of my brother's. It was a cheesy Les Paul knock-off. I played a little on his guitar here and there and I found it very easy. I begged my parents for a guitar, but they said that I was a trumpet player. For my eighth grade graduation (I was in Texas at the time) my mother bought me a $50.00 Harmony archtop from a pawn shop in Cleburne. I cherished that guitar and played it all the time. My parents got me lessons at a music store in Cleburne, but that didn't last long at all. All they wanted me to learn was the stupid things found in modern country. I could not abide by this. I quit the lessons right away. I took it upon myself to learn what I wanted to learn. I started out learning from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and basically anything good I could absorb. As my tastes matured and my playing got a little better I started imitating the likes of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. I enjoy finger picking immensely. When I'm not playing my guitar I like to listen to good music, i.e. blues, jazz, country & western, and of course Rockabilly. I believe that life's too short to waste my time on bad music. I joined the US Navy in 1999 and after training, went abroad. I had the opportunity to play at a wide array of venues and was exposed to a whole world of good music I had never known existed. I traveled extensively throughout Europe and other countries around the world. I had met a girl named Kimberley in Kansas City and after I was honorably discharged from the US Navy, I ended up with her there. She enjoys the same music as I and harbors the same feelings of contempt for the average Joe. I enjoy this area and hope to have a future here. I continued to play alone, but not publicly. I didn't think the area would have much to offer an old fashioned picker. I was told about a store called Mountain Music Shoppe and decided to drop by. I was playing a 1951 Gibson ES-175 when the owner came over and was watching me. He brought out his upright bass and played a little with me. A little while later we were in a band together. Greg had been a friend of Jim's for a while and was enthusiastic about starting a new band. Jim is schooled in good old country music, but possesses a wealth of knowledge about all good music. Both of my accomplices are outstanding musicians. I am fortunate to have talented band members sharing a goal with me.

My main guitar is a 2004 Gretsch 6120DSW. I play through a Fender Blues Deville 4X10. My other guitars I play are here.

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Jim Curley (Bass):

Greetings from Jim Curley!

Who in the heck is Jim Curley? I’m going to tell you a little about myself as pertains to my current involvement with Paulie Bluenote and the Dukes. For starters, I am a Duke. Paul, Greg and I have been playing together for several months and it’s been a refreshing experience for me to be playing with such incredible musicians and also, to be playing the roots style of “rockabilly”. We are having a blast doing what we all do best and we hope you will come out to see us and enjoy some of the joy of many yesterdays.

By the time I was four years old, I was getting on the nerves of everyone around me by trying to make music on anything and everything imaginable. Pots and pans, a paper cup with a straw in it, phone books, spoons, and even the “belly” bongos were all instruments to me. I was under the impression that everyone had these same musical juices flowing through their veins and could not understand why I was constantly being told to “go some place else to do that”.

I remember wanting to play the banjo in the worst way when I was about eight. The local music instructor told my mom I did not have the strength in my hands yet to tackle that instrument, but he recommended learning the piano. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. So, I practiced the piano begrudgingly for about six months and played “The Indian Drum Song” at a recital. I did ok, but got a lot of laughs when I approached the piano, stopped mid stage, spotted my mom in the audience, made a fist and shook it at