Kickin Up Country Music Festival
Plays: Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals
Birthday: December 3rd
Musical Influences: Nat King Cole, Crosby- Stills & Nash, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Simon & Garfunkel, Mahalia Jackson, Santana, Bing Crosby, The Beatles and The Eagles to name a few
Paul is a “Road” scholar. We mean he actually honed his skills “On the Road” and in the trenches. He relies solely on what he hears and feels in his heart for his contribution to the music of Restless Heart.
Born in Altus, Oklahoma, Paul is the son of a cotton and wheat farmer. Hard work, hometown values and a tenacious desire to follow his heart are what drive him. That and a bus driver with plenty of sleep.
Paul left Altus early on to chase his dream. He and his brother got their first taste of the road performing at ski resorts throughout New Mexico and Colorado in the summer of 1976. Still not sure if, music would be a career that would sustain him he attended a Tech School in Okmulgee, Oklahoma for two years where he studied fuel injection. In may of 1978, under the encouragement of his brother, he moved to Nashville, where he worked for two years as a fuel injection specialist on Main Street to make ends meet. When an opportunity finally came to do a couple of road shows for Opryland, he took it.
Over the course of the next four years he continued to play and travel, meeting and making new friends with ties to the music industry. One of those people was Greg Jennings, the bands lead guitarist. Greg, after sitting around a table at Paul and his brother’s house listening to them sing and play, insisted that they meet a friend of his named Tim Dubois, a song writer in Nashville. Tim, along with his partner Scott Hendricks, would end up being the bands first producers and would later become heads of major record labels in Nashville. Paul and Greg teamed up with Tim on different projects to try and get record deals as outlets for some of the songs that Tim was writing. Paul had also been working in a rock band with a drummer named John Dittrich for about a year when, once again, Tim came to him with the idea of putting together a band and doing some music that was off the beaten path for country music at that time. Paul called John and together with Greg and two other singer musicians, Dave Innis and Larry Stewart, the band Restless Heart was formed. It was 1984 and after a showcase where the band performed for just about every record label in town, Joe Galante, the head of RCA Records, decided to sign the band. The rest is history.