Bullet Backstory with Paul Lee Kupfer


Originally from the mountains of West Virginia, Paul Lee Kupfer has travelled as a solo performer and bandleader since 2006. Knoxville audiences may know him best as a member of The Bus Driver Tour with Ian Thomas and Danny Freund. Relentless touring and writing has allowed him to share the bill with some of his heroes, including Taj Mahal, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shovels & Rope and more. We’re proud to host the official CD release show for “Where the Wind Goes,” an album recorded at Knoxville’s Wild Chorus Studio and featuring Jamie Cook, Robert Richards, Evie Andrus and Josh Oliver.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $7 plus applicable fees in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or $10 at the door starting at 6 p.m.

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In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Paul Lee himself. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Paul Lee!

  • Biggest musical influences? Old recordings like Harry Smith anthology and Lomax recordings along with old blues from Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, and Mississippi John Hurt.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? The idea of working for myself and expressing myself through writing and performing coupled with traveling and meeting new people.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Find any way you can afford to do it, stick to it and enjoy it.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? I love being outside and going to the mountains or the rivers. I like going to see live music!
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why?  I would love to sit and play music with Big Bill Broonzy. That kind of sitting around the house music is my favorite. Singing songs and playing for the sake of enjoyment. Learning tunes from folks who love to sing them. To be a part that kind of music before tapes, CDs and the internet.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special : Miss Tess “I Can’t Help Myself”

Miss Tess and her band, The Talkbacks, brought her original “Classic country and honky-tonk, southern rhythm & blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock n’ roll music” to the Blue Plate stage. This tune, “I Can’t Help Myself” is on her latest release, “Baby, We All Know”. Previous description aside, Miss Tess is hard to categorize, and she says “Many times after the show somebody will come up to compliment the band and ask me what kind of music we just played. After mumbling through a few different genres I usually just tell them it’s my music and hope they enjoyed the show”.

The Talkbacks are Thomas Bryan Eaton on guitar (also co-producer of the new album), Geoff Henderson on bass, and Andrew Guterman on drums. Find out more about Miss Tess and her music at: http://www.misstessmusic.com/#home-se…

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