Paul Green's Blues featuring Straight Shot


Paul Green's professional career began in New Jersey in 1968 with The Blackberry Booze Band. He also performed with other Jersey musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and Little Steven Van Zandt. Moving to Oakland, California, in 1975, Paul became a member of the house band at a popular blues spot, Eli's Mile High Club, performing there weekly and recording two albums with JJ Malone and Troyce Key. From 1975 to 1989 he performed throughout the Bay Area with his own band and other musicians, including Sonny Rhodes, Little Frankie Lee, JJ "Bad Boy" Jones, Cool Papa, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, John Little John, and many others.

In 1989 Paul relocated to Chicago where he continued to "cool himself" in the blues. He performed in such legendary Chicago blues clubs as Buddy Guy's, Rosa's, Kingston Mines, and Blues Etc., and shared the stage with such notables as Sugar Blue and Junior Wells. Paul came to the Seattle area in 1991 and promptly won the Washington Blues Society's award for "Best Blues Harmonica" in 1992. Since then, he has won that award several times as well as best male vocalist twice. In 2008 he was voted into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.

Paul has recorded extensively with Dan Dean Productions for commercial and studio productions and has been performing locally in numerous venues. Paul leads his own hard-hitting Chicago-style electric blues quartet, Straight Shot, and is one-half of the award-winning acoustic blues duo Cooke 'n' Green. For more information about Paul, check out this interview from the July 2003 Bluesletter.

About Straight Shot

Straight Shot is a hard-driving blues, R&B, and funk band that will keep you on the dance floor all night, or just as easily, let you just sit back and enjoy the music. The band's repertoire draws from a wide variety of material, from raw Chicago blues the likes of Muddy Waters and Little Walter, to the more contemporary sounds of Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, and the funky grooves of the Meters and Jr. Walker. Straight Shot is made up of seasoned, award-winning musicians.

Guitarist Gary Ballard began his musical career in 1964. Influenced by various musical styles including jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, western swing, country and folk, he has established himself as one of the most diverse and accomplished guitarists in the Northwest. His talent for producing, arranging, and songwriting have placed him in high demand for recording sessions and live performances. In addition to acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars, Gary is highly skilled on the mandolin, 5-string banjo, and Dobro. Away with Words, Garyís solo Smooth Jazz CD, features Garyís original instrumentals.

Howard Hooperís bass has been a long time mainstay in the Seattle blues scene but includes playing with national music legends such as Johnny Shines, Little Milton, and Jimmy McCracklin, among others. He has twice been awarded "Best Bass" player by the Washington Blues Society. His style sets down a solid groove that allows the band to dig deep into the music that will get you moving.

Les Merrihew most recently in both 2004 and 2005 was a Washington Blues Society nominee for "Best Drummer." Another seasoned Seattle musician, he too has played for many years on the local scene and worked with a number of national acts including Pinetop Perkins, Albert Collins, Little Milton, and Charlie Musselwhite. Along with his solid drum technique, Lesís steady timing propels the band at an even pace that just keeps digging deeper and deeper into the music. All in all, the four musicians that comprise Straight Shot combine their talents to create a soulful and dynamic sound.

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