Thu July 21, 2022 9:00 pm PDT (Doors: 8:00 pm )
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Want to get a bead on Paul Cauthen?
Good freakin' luck -- especially on his third album, COUNTRY COMING DOWN.
Suffice to say that the singer, songwriter and proud son of Tyler, Texas -- steward of a rich, resonant,bass-leaning tenor dubbed Big Velvet -- covers a lot of ground and embodies a lot of characters. He'll tellyou right off the bat that he's "Country As Fuck," throwing down a wad of "Fuck You Money" and heading into the night to "Cut a Rug." His "Country Clubbin'" has as much to do with swinging as hisswing. But a song or two later dude's vowing to be loving his wife "Till the Day I Die" and, in
COUNTRY COMING DOWN's title track, dreams of living in "a cabin in the country, far away from the city lights "where "life is slow and easy." The fact that all of that exists within the same guy, who's full of good humor, sharp wit and a heart as bigas his home state is what makes Cauthen someone who's easy, and exciting, to spend 10 songs with."Y'know, you got your bangers and you got your ballads," Cauthen acknowledges. "You got your meaningful songs where you're opening up more of your vulnerable side, and then you're putting on a fucking show -- all in one album. And it's all honest, I'll tell ya that. Everything on there is something I've felt or thought before.
"COUNTRY COMING DOWN has been in motion awhile, actually. The title track, one of several co-writeswith good Nashville pal Aaron Raitiere, has been around since before Cauthen's dark sophomore album ROOM 41. Its sense of campfire calm and "damn near off the map" idyll set a bar, for both music and lifestyle, that Cauthen aspired to, while the rest of the new album, recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas with regular collaborators Beau Bedford (Texas Gentlemen) and Jason Burt (Medicine Man Revival), shows that Cauthen was able to get there without losing any of the playful "hot dog hollygolly dagnabit" good-time spirit that rolls off his tongue like a tumbleweed in the west Texas panhandle.
As he promises in "Country As Fuck," "I ain't gotta sell my soul. If I want it then I grab it.""I'm having fun," Cauthen says. "I've finally figured it out. I'm more settled and comfortable. I know I’m good at making records and great at entertaining. That's my gift more than anything, to be able to get up there and deliver these songs to people."
"It's just about looking at yourself in the mirror and knowing that what you've done to this day has beenin good standing, with good morals and a good compass in life, driven the right way," he says. "Legacy is all we have -- that, and try to be a good person as well. If you get all that together, then you can dowhatever the fuck you want and it'll be alright."