In his teens and early twenties he held many different jobs, including grocery clerk, motorcycle shop parts manager, grave digger, tree cutter, house painter, dish washer, bus boy, cook, caterer, bread truck driver, ... but he never lost interest in music. In the early eighties he bought a new guitar and started playing music again. In addition to the sixties and seventies music he grew up listening to, he was inspired by the late seventies' punk rock movement and started getting into old rock'n'roll, country and blues.
At the restaurant where he washed dishes and eventually learned to cook, there was live music every night of the week and jazz musicians such as Sy Perkoff and Mark Naftalin would perform regularly. While living in San Francisco he started attending the monday night jam sessions at the Saloon on Grant Avenue, performing there with Johnny Nitro, Lisa Kindred and Gino Skaggs. Chris went to Europe in 1987, just to have a look around, and ended up in Turkey where he met his future wife. He followed her back to Germany and began performing on the streets there.
He started out busking in Wiesbaden with just a guitar in the underground passages at the railway station and soon moved on to the larger city of Frankfurt. There he became quite well known in the growing street musician scene and began producing his own cassettes and CDs, of which he has sold over 30,000 copies. Chris's repertoire includes popular Folkrock songs from Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Don McLean and Neil Young among others, but also includes his own songs in the same acoustic folk/blues/country/rock style; he only needs his voice, a guitar and harmonica to get the audience singing along and enjoying themselves. In 1993 he won the coveted "Straßenmusiker des Jahres" (street musician of the year) award from the German ZDF television. He continues to perform regularly in Europe but also in the U.S.A., Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Africa, and follows the summer seasons around the globe, surfing and playing music. Whether he entertains solo or with the Chris Paulson Band, his frequent concerts in Germany are often sold out. In addition to regular appearances at European festivals, he performs at private and corporate events.
Other quotes .. Chris Paulson is the "1993 Street Musician of the Year" ZDF Television, Germany Chris Paulson, the Eternal "Folk Singer" Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany Of all the musicians, Chris Paulson is my favorite. His presence is a glimmer of joy in many peoples lives." Clair Pender, Triad Magazine "Chris Paulson creates a magical atmosphere with his music, that makes people want to join in and sing along" Sylvia Meise, AOK Youth Magazine "Chris Paulson is a gifted musician with a wonderful voice, and a style that reminds one of early Neil Young. Well worth a listen." Natascha Scheil, Yvonne Sitta, 5 Gramm, 2 Mark Magazine Read more on Last.fm.
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