Paul Curreri, the thirty-one-year-old guitarist and songwriter from Charlottesville, Virginia, unveils his fifth
album, The Velvet Rut, this April on Englandâ€™s Tin Angel Records & Brooklynâ€™s City Salvage Records.
â€œThe beer fall empty and I fill up with fire. Iâ€™m walking toward your mouth repeating my mantra.â€ Goddamn.
The Velvet Rut is off and running; and the sheer volume, guitar drive, & tangible had-it-up-to-here contained in
this first track sounds nothing short of intimidating.
Internationally acclaimed as a songwriter, guitarist, and spirited live performer (â€œCurreri brings a renewed eloquence to the medium,â€ â€“ The New Yorker) he now adds producer to the credits.
The Velvet Rut is a sonic
eruption, and Curreri played every note on every instrument.The record is certainly unruly â€“ boots stamp, telecasters telecast, acoustics pick so quietly they border on
aggressive, and pianos make noises weirder than they were ever supposed to. As a guitar player, Curreri is
renowned (â€œSpontaneous and poeticâ€ â€“ The Independent-UK / â€œYou half-expect tears to appear on the face of
his instrument.â€ â€“ Oxford Town / â€œFurrowing a sonic field few musicians would be admitted to.â€ â€“ Americana-
UK). Here, in the layering â€“ or in the choices to not layer â€“ his playing twists & extends itself, revealing further
meaning in these dynamically badass narratives.
Lyrically, he goes. Climbing from the bath, an ugly angelâ€™s natty wings splash water against the window,
â€œflooding dead mosquitoes and worse things.â€ Of the dream-murdering sloth in â€œFat Killer At Dawn,â€ Curreri
venomously barks: â€œ[you] shoulda thought at churchâ€¦ skipped some classâ€¦ smoked up in the bathroom
stallâ€¦ kicked that assholeâ€™s ass.â€ Even in the calm, thereâ€™s movement â€“ from â€œA Song On Robbing:â€ â€œThis
afternoon is like the others. / Nothingâ€™ll blow up or collapse. / Between waking up and lying down, / thatâ€™s a
nasty gap.â€ Characters seem to jump between songs. Pearls of insight emerge and then dive back into the fold.
Everything snarls. â€œIt was an odd year,â€ he says. At times a veritable rotisserie of anger, jealousy, loneliness,
and cursing regret, The Velvet Rut wouldnâ€™t be the background music of choice for a dinner with mom.
Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Paul now makes his home in Charlottesville with songwriter / guitarist Devon
Sproule (the two were married in May of 2005). Curreri grew up playing music but ended up enrolling at Rhode Island School of Design to pursue painting and film. â€œMy movies were okay, I guess,â€ he said. By the
time Paul graduated from RISD, he'd composed over 200 songs on guitar and piano. Turning down an editing job at MTV he set to work carving out a life as a musician.
His acclaimed debut for City Salvage Records, From Long Gones To Hawkmoth, was released in 2002
(â€œCurreri is full of taste and truth, poetic jewels.â€ â€“ 9X Magazine). A triumphant follow-up, 2003â€™s Songs For
Devon Sproule â€“ produced by Kelly Joe Phelps â€“ was hailed by Vintage Guitar Magazine as â€œone of the very
finest records in awhile. And, I donâ€™t mean just in this genre. I mean, any genre.â€ 2004â€™s The Spirit of the
Staircase found Curreri continuing to shoulder into new lyrical and musical terrain (â€œCurreri has sculpted a
direction of his own. Dexterous guitar work and hushed insight, full of soul and originality. " â€“ Americana-
With clarity of vision, & astoundingly visceral playing & singing, 2006â€™s Are You Going To Paul
Curreri captured him stretching out in front of a live audience, electric and rocking.