Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rocking the Country with Their Debut; with Their Debut Album out Now, the Lee Paul Band Tell RUTH L AWSON about Their Musical Journey So Far

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rocking the Country with Their Debut; with Their Debut Album out Now, the Lee Paul Band Tell RUTH L AWSON about Their Musical Journey So Far

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COUNTRY rock is making a comeback in the form of the Lee Paul Band.

Tyneside isn't generally known for producing country musicians, but all that could be about to change is this determined lot have their way.

Having already proved their worth in a band competition, the seven-strong collective have just released their debut record and have their hearts set on making an impact.

The group is made up of Lee Paul Lamb (lead vocals/songwriter/guitar), Brian Boyd (mandolin/banjo/vocals), Ali Garner (drums/vocals), David Roughton (bass), Alex Young (lead guitar), Mike Gatto (guitar/vocals) and Lauren Shaw (backing vocals).

Brian tells me how it all began: "We started playing collectively about 18 months ago. Lee, the lead vocalist and songwriter, got us all together to start the debut album so to help us gel as a band we entered a competition called Live and Unsigned where we progressed to the final at the O2 in London last year."

Although the band didn't win, it did spur them on and make them realise they were on to something special.

Describing their style as unique and not really comparable to anything that's out there at the minute, the Lee Paul Band channel a range of different influences particularly in the country-rock genre.

"The sound we were after was our own sound I suppose as we don't really sound like anybody we can think of.

"Most of the band like country and some like rock although Lee's influences are Keith Urban, The Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan although we still try to keep our own sound," explains Brian.

He adds: "We have been very well received in the North East and are gathering quite a steady following from old and young alike."

And it's a good time to be a gigging band in the region with a huge amount of skilled musicians doing the rounds at the minute. …

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