Paul J McInnis

Paul J McInnis

 Goderich, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkCountry

Paul J McInnis music is folk music. It's about roads, girls, and small towns. It channels John Prine, Adam Carroll, and every musician he’s had the honour of playing with. It is literate, joyful, melancholy and timeless. Paul's music is what he believes all music should be: Simple and real.

Band Press

Howard Druckman – @SOCANHoward

Like a white, folkie, James Brown

Penguin Eggs - Winter 2014 – Penguin Eggs Magazine

Love lost. Coming to terms with regret. Finding the right words to say to a forlorn friend when the words are far away. ...Troubadour Paul J. McInnis mines these universal subjects with an observant eye.
A warm voice invites you to listen long, and listen well.

David MacPherson
Penguin Eggs Magazine

Review: Paul J. McInnis – Broken Down Waltz – Leicester Bangs

Paul J. McInnis – Broken Down Waltz (Independent)

From Waterloo, Ontario, Paul J. McInnis is a singer-songwriter who fully embraces the North American folk-troubadour tradition. His style harks back to far simpler times, when a songwriter would be travelling rather than touring, earning his crust wherever an audience could be found, and today McInnis can still be found plying his craft in pubs, coffee-houses and bars, as well as on the occasional street corner.

“Broken Down Waltz” is his new record, recorded live off the floor, and featuring some of his best friends playing mandolin, harmonica, accordion, cello and guitar. The lack of studio gloss presents the music in far more authentic surroundings, and if there are mistakes, they’re hardly noticeable, and are more than made up for by the purity and spontaneity of their back-to-basics approach.

His stated influences are John Prine, Randy Newman and Bill Monroe, a trio of artists who contribute to the Americana tradition in completely different ways. McInnis takes aspects of all three and has come up with something heartwarming and uplifting, with his literate songwriting providing the backbone to everything we hear.

Standout songs come thick and fast: “Slip Away” opens the collection with a narrative about the one that got away, and sets the album up perfectly for what’s to come. “What's Done Is Done” is catchy and upbeat, reminds me a little of Uncle Tupelo, and if radio played this sort of thing, they’d be playing this. “Stories of Lily” tells its tale with some finesse and should win an award somewhere down the line, and the album’s brought to a conclusion by the outstanding title track – a country cousin to John Prine’s “Donald and Lydia”.