By Joshua Wallace
I have been a fan of Possessed By Paul James for over ten years now. For those who are not familiar with his music, he is a multi instrumentalist who is a one man band live, but his later records are recorded with a full band. He plays guitar, fiddle and banjo and is an incredible vocalist. His live shows are truly an experience because you are focused on him as a performer and it draws you in. This album is a follow up to his 2013 release There Will Be Nights When I Am Lonely. Even though there are seven years apart from these releases, nothing has changed when it comes to the full band sound of Possessed By Paul James’s recorded output. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite tracks.
I particularly enjoy “In The Dark Of Morning”. It’s an upbeat acoustic tune with some really good fiddle work. It’s a song about running back home and particularly enjoy the line about “We’re running home to lovers or we’re running from our graves” which indicates the dual nature of running back home. You can either be going for good or bad reasons. Another standout is “I’m So Good At Absolutely Nothing”. It’s an awesome banjo tune that’s about accepting failure and facing it head on. “Dance With Me Tonight” starts off with some killer fiddle work on a simple tune about a man approaching a woman and asking her to dance and be with him as he thinks they were once lovers. The fiddle playing on this tune is great to dance to and I love that about this track.
Possessed By Paul James never disappoints with his albums, however his live show is where you will be blown away as he performs these songs solo with enough power and conviction to match anyone out there. You can often find PBPJ live at the Muddy Roots music festivals. If you are nowhere near those festivals, you can find his touring schedule at his website. He can’t always tour everywhere though as he is a special education teacher as well as an amazing musician. As We Go Wandering is out everywhere as of January 31st, 2020.
Favorite Tracks :Come Back In My Mind, In The Dark Of Morning, I’m So Good At Absolutely Nothing, When It Breaks, Dance With Me Tonight, I Didn’t Know You When
Possessed By Paul James – As We Go Wandering (2020)
- Come Back In My Mind
- In The Dark Of Morning
- Your White Stained Dress
- I’m So Good At Absolutely Nothing
- I Come From SW Florida
- Be At Rest
- When It Breaks
- Dance With Me Tonight
- Don’t Tell Me
- I Didn’t Know You When
- Asleep With Both Eyes Open
- As We Go Wandering