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Year Old Album Finally Sees Light Of Day
Release Original Recording From 1973
YORK, NY Hybrid Recordings is proud to announce the
release of Paul Penas New Train
on September 26, 2000. Originally recorded in 1973 and
produced by Ben Sidran (Steve Miller, Mose Allison), special
guests on the album include Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, and
the songs on the album is the track "Jet Airliner" which
was originally penned and sung by Pena and later was a hit for
the Steve Miller Band in the 1970s. Appearing on
the album is the late Jerry Garcia who played pedal steel guitar
and Merle Saunders who played keyboards on "Venutian Lady"
and "New Train." R&B greats The Persuasions sang
background vocals on "Gonna Move."
who was born blind and is currently suffering from a terminal
illness, studied the piano, guitar, upright bass, violin, and
"a little trumpet." Cutting his teeth in coffee houses
in and around New England he was soon playing the Newport Folk
Festival with such artists as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell,
and Kris Kristofferson. As his career furthered, he
began playing with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker,
and Bonnie Raitt. He eventually decided to relocate
to San Francisco, where he recorded and released an album on Capitol
Records and began working with T-Bone Walker.
says of Pena, "Ive loved Paul and his music since I
used to open gigs for him in Worcester, MA thirty years ago. He
was then as he is now, one of the most extraordinarily gifted
singers, guitarists and songwriters Ive ever heard. It was
like finding my very own Jimi Hendrix
nothing he cant play well. Long deserving of wider recognition,
Im glad the film Genghis Blues exposed the rest of
the world to his genius. But the real cause for celebration is
the long overdue release of his extraordinary album
is a treasure. One of the most unique and soulful artists youll
the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary Genghis
Blues, Pena first heard Tuvan throat singing, a technique in which
a singer produces two or three tones simultaneously, in 1984 and
soon taught himself the difficult vocal techniques and language.
After meeting performer Kongar-ol Ondar in 1993, Paul
was invited to perform at the second international Khoomei Symposium
and contest held in the capital - Kyzyl, Tuva and won the contest
in the Kargyraa division as well as the "audience favorite"
an article published in 1973 by The Times (MA), Pena is "reminiscent
of a young Jimi Hendrix, a dramatic and stylized guitar player.
His voice has a touch of pain, humor, and loneliness that is characteristic
of a folk singer. Pena is his own master and this becomes readily
apparent as he eases through his intense compositions. Pena is
a musicians musician." Touching people wherever he
goes, Pena was named "San Franciscos Tuvan Blues Ambassador"
and July 11, 1999 was declared "Paul Pena Day" by the