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Paul Wild

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Methuselah, released October 2004.

"San Xavier" and "Bring Me Back Unknown" played on KXCI, Tucson.


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Methuselah is a Southwestern folk CD. The songs are inspired by desert folklore, a former slave named Biddy Mason who won her freedom in California in the late 1800s, a poem by William Blake ("A Poison Tree"), an enormous redwood in the Santa Cruz Mountains named Methuselah, experiences on the road in Arizona and California, and creation spirituality. Methuselah was recorded at Wavelab in Tucson, AZ, engineered and mixed by the visionary Craig Schumacher, and electric guitar, organ and vibraphone played by studio co-owner and musician Nick Luca, giving Methuselah Wavelab's signature touch of warmth and spontaneity.

I was born in Miami, FL and lived in Georgia and Connecticut. I bought my first guitar when I was fourteen at a music store on Jimmy Carter Blvd in Norcross, GA and briefly took lessons at a music shop in Old Saybrook, CT, where I was strongly encouraged to stick with playing. My last two years of high school was in Marietta, GA, where I developed a deep love of nature living at the end of Columns Drive by the Chattahoochee River in East Cobb, exploring the woods and paper mill ruins.

I bummed around between San Diego, Los Angeles, Boulder, and Little Five Points in East Atlanta after high school. I attended Oglethorpe University for three years and earned a B.A. in History. After graduation, I quickly figured out that I wanted to become a musician and songwriter.

I packed up my truck and moved to Berkeley, CA in the summer of 2000. In September, I rode up to Portland and then down to Boulder. Here I was in Boulder again, the great cross roads town for all wanderers. I went back to Portland and started working door to door for an environmental group. Sick of the cold and rain, I drifted back down to California and worked at a sailing school in the Berkeley Marina. I discovered Santa Cruz and lived there for nine months, playing my first solo gigs at the youth hostel on Beach Hill and at a bar called the Poet and Patriot. I rode north to Arcata and then took a cross country trip. I landed in Tucson, where I hunkered down to write and record my first CD, and open shows for artists such as Dave Alvin and Neko Case.