Paul is from a ranch foreman’s family of nine children who formed their own quirky choir and homespun songs living out in the orchard hills of Ventura County. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Paul tapped into its vast sprawl of musical diversity, forming a series of groundbreaking original bands: satirical polka/roots band Rotondi, world beat pioneers The Bonedaddys, noir spaghetti guitar instrumentalists Double Naught Spy Car, and I See Hawks In L.A. With four tracks done, Shawn and Sherri knew they had something special. “Got any kid’s songs?” they asked Paul.
As a matter of fact, he did. Paul had also married for love and music, to Victoria Jacobs, Art Institute of Chicago grad and musical experimentalist, who’d been a standout rock drummer with Chicago bands Spin Diva and Joe For A Night, before moving to L.A. and forming Silverlake's best female rock band Ms. 45, touring with Iggy Pop and featured in a Roger Corman film and TV scores.
Victoria and Paul had performed as a folk duo throughout their marriage and of late had been scribbling down whimsical ditties for fun, and making little music videos for their friend’s young ones. The songs of Earthworm Ensemble were gathering from the ether. Paul's original hillbilly number entitled "Corn" was ideal for L.A. honky tonk standout (and brilliant songwriter for Dwight Yoakam and others) Mike Stinson.
"Walking Boy," co-written by Paul and the Nourses, seemed to be tailor made for country gentleman (and fellow Hawk) Paul Marshall, formerly of The Stawberry Alarm Clock. “That’s What The Earthworm’s For,” Victoria’s eco allegory of the earth’s life cycle, brought together the sweet vocal blend of Sherri and Victoria. The Earthworm Ensemble family grew as organically as a vegetable garden, as the band reached out to musical friends The Chapin Sisters for angelic harmonies, Brantley Kearns (vet of David Bromberg, Hazel and Alice, Dwight Yoakam) and David Jackson (Yoakam, John Denver, Emmy Lou Harris, Dillard and Clark) for sly and witty lead vocals. With some of L.A.’s best country and R&B musicians, the songs developed real punch, depth, and a real deal folk country feel. Zachariah, country rapper and Discovery Channel TV host, delivered a dazzling rapidfire recipe recitation on hip hop/funk tune “Pizza Moon,” dueting with now 4 year old Nolan Nourse, with Tejana bluegrass prison song queen Christina Ortega adding a vibrant wall of vocal sound.
Rob Waller, I See Hawks In L.A.’s lead singer, completed Earthworm Ensemble’s collection with a tender reading of an infant’s lullabye, “Goodnight, Little Spaceship.” Fun, fact-filled, and reflecting a return to some nearly-lost traditions that will prove more vital than ever (farmer’s markets, trains, living and thinking locally, an appreciation for simpler things like walks in the woods and love of all living creatures), these sweet Earthworm Ensemble songs are a new direction in the fast evolving new children’s music scene. Look for the official Earthworm Ensemble release on Western Seeds Records (distributed globally by Burnside) in February! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..