Archive for guitar

REVIEW: Paul Size tells it like it is on debut solo CD, ‘Can’t Lose Playing The Blues’

Posted in paul size with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2021 by J.J.

“Let the music do the talking” goes the old warhorse. On his debut solo album, “Can’t Lose Playing The Blues,” guitarist Paul Size lets his fingers tell the tale of his life in blues.

Size, most known as the white-hot soloist from The Red Devils, offers the record as a reintroduction to listeners. Free from the restrictions of someone else’s vision, Size dishes out nearly an hour’s worth of diverse, rollicking music that stands as his word on the blues.

With a sympathetic band and some tried-and-true musical inspirations, “Can’t Lose” is the sound of a live band communicating in real time, in an intimate environment shepherded by producer/engineer (and bassist/vocalist) Jeffrey Berg.

The album is bookended by off-the-cuff acoustic guitar numbers, “Welcome” and “It’s Been A While,” which act as the preface and afterword of Size’s musical biography. In between, like a good barroom meeting between old friends, everyone gets a turn to jump in.

And jump it does on “Do The Boogie,” Size’s take on B.B. King’s “Boogie Woogie Woman.” The band’s agenda is clear, with stellar playing for the good of the song. Jeremy Berlin (Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish) takes the lead on piano — in fact, taking the first solo on the record, supported by Size’s essential rhythm work. (For the record, the album’s first electric guitar solo starts at 1:53 of track 2.)

Continue reading

Paul Size sells guitar licks

Posted in paul size with tags , , on March 11, 2014 by J.J.

Paul Size is selling cool little blues licks via video from paulsize.com.

“I decided to start selling very cool and special licks that I think anyone interested in my style will dig,” Paul told us. “All licks include tablature at the end.”

It’s easy to get into a rut with a shuffle, but Size comes from a long line of Texas guitarists with turnarounds for days. The sample above puts some specialness onto a standard blues shuffle.

Paul Size now offering guitar lessons

Posted in paul size with tags , , , on June 21, 2010 by J.J.

Courtesy hiserfotografFor the past several years, Paul Size has carved a niche for himself as the guitarist for the blues-soul-party combo Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. Size’s chops remain top-notch since leaving The Red Devils, as I can attest personally, having seen Hoy and the boys here in Bloomington a few years ago.

Those of you lucky enough to live in the vicinity of Martha’s Vineyard can take advantage of Size’s generosity: Paul Size is offering guitar lessons through his site, paulsize.com.

For roughly 50 bucks or so, you — yes, you! — can get some blues guitar instruction from the man who played this, this and this.

The site offers contact information for Size, including a land and cell phone numbers. Please, do not bother him with geeky questions about the Devils! But if you do take him up on the offer for lessons, tell him nofightin.com sent you (and be sure to file a report when you’re done).

%d bloggers like this: