SummerTyne 2017: An interview with Paul Carella
Review and interview carried out by Peter Mann BSc
North o’ the Border and there’s a little bit of the blues, a little country rock, floating out on the Bellshill winds courtesy of one Paul Carella.
The Glaswegian, who changed north for south in 2009 when moving to London, took his burgeoning passion for music with him and, following the release of his debut album Outlaw two years earlier, followed up with a further three releases in four years. The self-titled album, Carella, came in 2012, then an EP Dead Town in 2014 followed by Bootleg Volume 1, the following year (another album is in the pipeline for later this year).
As with a number of acts at this year’s SummerTyne Americana at Sage Gateshead whilst continuing to bring his Jonny Cash style, suave and sophistication to the modern genre.
Speaking at the festival he said: I’ve done a lot of festivals but this one, here, is a really good one to get on and perform, it’s amazing. I stumbled across that man Jonny Cash about a decade ago a felt a definitive wow factor. Something raw and incredible hit me and I just became a country singer from there, that’s how it all came about.
With European and UK tours to his name in recent years, Carella heads back to Germany in September whilst looking at working on yet another album for the collection. On top of that he’s won a number of awards including, last year, much to his amusement, the Fan’s Rear of the Year – more importantly there’s also been Downton Artist’s Artist of the Year (2014), the W21 Music UK Male Artist of the Year (2015) and the GSMC Male UK Artist of the Year (2016).
The recognition of the awards is amazing continued Paul. Especially those voted for by the fans; I’ve also played with some amazing talent such as Alan price (of The Animals) and Alabama 3 as well as coming here [to the Sage], I feel really lucky and you want to have a good time doing events such as this and it was just that – it was amazing!