Love Vs Blues
Love vs Blues is the exciting debut album from London-based artist, Paul Garner. Growing up in New Zealand, Paul played professionally in blues bands with his father from the age of fifteen, soon becoming one of the country's top blues guitarists. In 2001 he decided to leave New Zealand in search of a wider audience. His travels took him through the USA, including a stint jamming with the local legends in Dallas, Texas, and onwards to the UK. In London he found a fertile jam scene and was soon recognised as one of the city's top players. Paul formed his first band as a leader, and began writing and performing his own material. '...these are songs of love and blues, which after all is what life is all about. So these are songs of life, my life and places I've been, people I've met and changes I've been through.' Recorded in New Zealand, the album features twelve original tracks. The album also features three of New Zealand's finest blues/jazz musicians. Liam Ryan contributes classic jazzy organ, recalling the sounds of Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Smith. Liam has toured as keyboard player for both Robben Ford and Charlie Musselwhite and has experienced popular success as a member of kiwi rock band, The Narcs. Nigel Masters plays double bass. A consummate musician, Nigel is normally seen playing with kiwi acoustic-blues stylists, Kokomo. Here he shows both his feel for the blues and his adaptability, always adding a special something to the varied material. Warren Houston is an experienced jazz drummer, well known on the local scene. Warren is a long-time friend and musical partner to Paul, having played together for many years in Steppin' Out. Paul's father, Mike Garner, plays harmonica on three tracks.