Paul Wassif’s debut album, ‘Looking Up Feeling Down’ will be released on iTunes in May 2011. The album is a collection of self penned songs and reworked traditional classics, distinguished by Paul’s inspiring and versatile guitar work, be it finger picking, slide or electric.
Born in Bristol, England, Paul’s early career in Punk/Rock band The London Cowboys, followed by various stints in NY bands with New York Dolls members Jerry Nolan and Sylvain Sylvain, could not be more different in style and substance to the melodic country/blues that now identifies Paul’s music.
Paul has also collaborated on Bert Jansch’s two latest albums; Edge of A Dream, in a sparkling guitar duet on the track ‘Black Cat Blues’, featured on the soundtrack of ‘Calendar Girls’ and on the highly acclaimed album The Black Swan, Paul performed on three tracks and co-wrote one track.
This beautifully crafted album is a blend of Paul’s own songs and traditional masterpieces from the rich heritage of country, blues and folk music. The album features guest appearances from Bert Jansch and Eric Clapton, performing together for the first time, and also features Evan Jenkins, The Watson Brothers, Robin Clayton, Steve Counsel, Seamus Beaghen and Lynn Glaser.
There will be a physical release on cd in June.