Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis Paul marks in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose.
He was one of the top songwriters to emerge from the fertile Boston folk scene of the 1990s and helped create a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk-rock style.
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Paul is regarded as such a classic urban songwriter that it’s hard to fathom what a small-town boy he was. He grew up in northern Maine in a potato farming community so remote that his exposure to music came almost entirely from the only Top 40 station that would tune on his radio.