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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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"Lori Paul CD Vanity Press"

The record industry never ceases to amaze. Vancouver's Lori Paul, a versatile vocalist with a talent for songwriting, deserves to be on an established label. Yet, on the ironically titled Vanity Press - her second self-released recording - she has to go it alone without the backing of a record company. There oughta be a law.

Ten of the disc's 11 tunes were co-written by Paul and multi-instrumentalist Mick Dalla- Vee, and there are some good ones. The opening Unspoken sets the tone, a mid-tempo number where Paul fills the speakers with her sensuous voice. Song for Carman has fulsome acoustic guitar work by Dalla-Vee and blues-tinted vocals by Paul. That blues feeling also inflects the rootsy Say When, Paul's powerful lead voice beautifully supported by guitar, dobro (courtesy of Russell Marsland) and backup vocals, and reappears on the closing Chaser, which has stinging guitar work from Jeff Neill. The big record companies will kick themselves when they hear Jones, a beautiful foot-tapping number which has top-30 playlist written all over it. Here, Dalla-Vee's acoustic guitar lays the foundation for Paul's searing vocal line. I'm convinced that had Norah Jones recorded this, you would hear it on commercial radio 24/7. The CD's minimalist liner notes are a tad frustrating, because they leave a few holes. For example, who's playing banjo and accordion on Fading Light? (I'm assuming it's the multi-talented Dalla-Vee, who is credited with his banjo work on Jones.) Paul will perform Saturday (March 8th) at the Commodore as part of Motown Meltdown.

Marke Andrews - The Vancouver Sun - Vancouver Sun


Now Or Never (1998)
Vanity Press (2005)
The Secret Language of Birds (2010)



Guitarist Rick Genge, percussionist Clay Thornton and vocalist Lori Paul make up this West Coast acoustic trio who write and perform songs from small town rural Canada featuring the quirky characters who reside there.
Rick Genge is an energetic multi-instrumentalist whose song writing and playing are the backbone of this musical collaboration. And if Rick is the spine then Lori Paul is the lips and the hips! Paul’s lyrics introduce you to people and places, familiar to those of us who grew up on the prairies and strangely compelling to those who dodged that particular frozen bullet!

Fresh from previous incarnations as r&b belter and jazz chanteuse, Lori Paul’s country roots are showing in the moonlight as we leave Duke’s Roadhouse and make our way home. Even as the hardtop turns to gravel and the forest path darkens into rockin’ rain-drenched grooves, her voice carries and we follow. Fear not! We all wind up back in the kitchen at the lodge, singing old Neil Young tunes and eating blueberry pancakes, seated among dogs wearing hopeful expressions. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Clay Thornton provides the legs to get us where we’re going. He keeps us rolling with the natural rhythm of the mackinaw-wearing wilderness walker that he is. You can hear the rush of the river in his playing while you’re listening to the pre-dawn chorus that greets us here at the foot of Little Mountain, as the day unfolds.

We hope our songs lift off for you like birds in flight. We’ve sent these messengers to hover in your head between listenings, steady as your heartbeat, and we look forward to playing them for you when we meet again, maybe for the first time.