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Paul Rose is without doubt one of the most unique and talented guitarists in the world today. Fundamentally a rock guitarist, his extraordinary playing style touches on blues, country, jazz and folk, blended together into a style that is entirely his own. Never a gig goes by where audience members don't comment that Paul is the best guitarist they've seen & heard.
Born in Newcastle, north east England in July 1966, Paul's natural gift shone through at an early age, and he was already being hailed as one of the best guitarists in the region by the age of 16. Playing regularly on the Newcastle live scene with the most popular local bands of the day.
Rory Gallagher awarded Paul a Fender. '62 Reissue Strat. with a Vox AC30. in a Fender. sponsored competition that invited guitarists from all over the UK to appear in local music shops. Entrants were required to play in front of a video camera using the guitar and amp in question (without any pedals), to be edited and shown to Rory at a later date. Out of 1000 guitarists Rory selected Paul as the winner and described him as "a hot player with a hot future". Having also won Guitarist Of The Year in Guitarist Magazine a couple of years later, it is plainly obvious that Paul is a force to be reckoned with.
Despite all the accolades of this era, Paul was battling with his own personal demons, and as a result suffered seemingly countless disappointments and setbacks during his early career. But now, Paul is going from strength to strength, having released a total of nine solo albums to date, that have sold worldwide to an ever increasing circle of fans. Coupled with his stunning live shows built on 25 years of tough performing experience, Paul is now gaining the worldwide recognition he deserves.
Recognised as an electric guitarist, Paul has recently been playing many solo gigs with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a sample pedal to promote his first ever acoustic CD 'The Learning Curve'. These gigs have been very well received indeed, with one reviewer writing "this is a truly world class guitarist at the very top of his game". This is not to say Paul has totally turned his back on the Fender guitars he loves so well, in fact quite the contrary.
Along with the release of a live DVD of Paul's amazing show at the "Blues Will Eat" festival in Nuremberg, 2009 also sees the release of Paul Rose's 9th CD entitled "Note To Self". This is a remarkable album that comes straight from the heart of this highly talented and experienced artist. With thirteen truly inspired tracks covering an absolute myriad of musical influences and styles, showcasing once again that Paul Rose is indeed improving with age.
Paul is now breaking into the German market having played several highly successful tours there over the last 2 years, combined with the new CD & DVD. It is looking highly likely that Paul is facing a future just as spectacular as his musical gift.