Dewey Paul Band

Colorado's Dewey Paul Band reaches beyond the jam band labeling with thought-provoking, meaningful and inspiring material.

2009's "Ancient Heart" and 2008's "On The Devil's Highway" are only the most recent CD offerings from concert promoter Dewey Paul Moffitt who manages to find time to come out from behind the scenes to perform down stage center. Moffitt previously released five CDs with his former band Dewey Decibel System while producing music festivals from Florida to Colorado as well as sound engineering for many venues and touring artists.

That type of backstage and front-of-house commitment has spawned a completely self-produced and do-it-yourself artist. The music itself has a wide-array of influences and isn't easily pigeon-holed by the genre-labeling elite.

"I would consider it lyrically-driven folk rock with splashes of improvisational jamming thrown in every chance we get. It seems everyone has the need to compare you to someone and I tend to hear a lot of people say Lou Reed, Petty, Springsteen and Dylan. It's certainly an honor when I hear those things." Moffitt says.

The Dylan influence seems like an obvious one, considering Moffitt also fronts an all-Bob Dylan cover band, Dylan66 and hosts an annual charity event honoring the music of Dylan. There is a lot of jam band influence heard as well, especially when the band performs live. Moffitt got his behind the scenes break when legendary concert promoter Bill Graham hired him to do production work in the early '90s. He spent several years setting up dressing rooms for the Grateful Dead before venturing out into producing music festivals and sound engineering.

"On one hand the (music) business is extremely harsh and unforgiving, and on the other hand when you are fortunate enough to participate in that magical exchange with an audience, I have found nothing more rewarding than that. Music is the medicine for the human soul, and I cannot imagine a life without it." Moffitt says.

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JJ Cale doesn't need an introduction, though he has long been one of rock's under-appreciated players. From Lynyrd Skynyrd's well-loved cover of "Call Me the Breeze," to Clapton's iconic take on "Cocaine" and Widespread Panic's version of "Traveling Light," any serious fan of classic rock knows that Cale is the man behind some of the greatest shuffle-driven ditties to come down the pike.

So it's entirely apt that someone finally tips their hat to the troubadour with a heartfelt effort to cover some of his best material. Colorado musician Dewey Paul serves up a very pleasing platter on Cale -A Tribute to JJ Cale. From the excellent, soulful acoustic opener, "Fancy Dancer," Paul runs through the troubadour's best, including the always amusing "Mama Don't," a fittingly soothing "Magnolia," a slinky "Ride Me and High," and a "Thirteen Days" that hits the spot.

Paul deftly absorbs the spirit and feel of Cale's work delivering 16 credible and fun cuts.

Cale – A Tribute to JJ Cale is out now.

-Nick Huntchinson,

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