Paul deLay Band


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It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Paul deLay, age 55, from end-stage leukemia, diagnosed only days before, on March 7, 2007. We offer sincere condolences to his family and band members. He will be sorely missed!

In two decades of touring the West Coast blues circuit, opening on larger stages for numerous national acts and releasing a half-dozen acclaimed recordings of their own, The Paul delay Band has become known throughout the Pacific Northwest for its hard-hitting blues and R&B.

The Portland-based group has earned a reputation that extends far beyond the region: bandleader deLay is ranked among the finest blues harmonica players alive, and his work on the chromatic harmonica is considered by many to be unrivaled.

Following his much-publicized drug bust in January 1990, deLay spent nearly two years awaiting trial; playing, singing and writing like there was no tomorrow. During that period, he produced The Other One (1991) and Paulzilla (1992), recordings that established him as a formidable songwriter as well as a harmonica virtuoso.

deLay began serving a 41-month sentence at the Federal Penitentiary in Sheridan, Oregon on May 15, 1992. Upon his release in January 1995, deLay was rejoined by the core of his band: Louis Pain on Hammond organ, Chicago-born Peter Dammann on guitar and Dan Fincher on tenor sax, with new members John Mazzocco on bass (formerly with John Lee Hooker and Curtis Salgado) and Mike Klobas on drums (formerly with Lloyd Jones Struggle). This ensemble has drawn raves for its seamless arrangements and fiery musicianship.

 

 

 

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