Paul Cauthen tours Europe this month: Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands21-08-2019
Making Room 41 nearly killed Paul Cauthen. Ironically enough, it's also te very thing that saved him.
Written during a roughly two-year stint spent living out of a suitcase in Dallas’ Belmont Hotel, Room 41 chronicles Cauthen’s white-knuckle journey to the brink and back, a harrowing experience that landed him in and out of the hospital as he careened between ecstasy and misery more times than he could count. Cauthen has long been a pusher of boundaries (musical and otherwise), and Room 41 is no exception, with electrifying performances that blend old-school country and gritty soul with 70’s funk and stirring gospel. His lyrics take on biblical proportions as they tackle lust and envy, pride and despair, destruction and redemption, but these songs are no parables.
Cauthen lived every single line of this record, and he’s survived to tell the tale.
The larger-than-life Texas troubadour nicknamed Big Velvet for his impossibly smooth, baritone voice will be in Europe this month for a series of dates in Germany, Belgium and NL:
24/08: Altlandsberg, DE - The Buchholz Saloon
27/08: Düsseldorf, DE - The Pitcher
28/08: Hamburg, DE - Kukuun
29/08: Sint Niklaas, BE - Casino º
30/08: Duisburg, DE - Platzhirsch Festival
31/08: Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso ^
Cauthen first earned his reputation as a fire-breathing truth-teller with the acclaimed roots rock band Sons of Fathers, but it wasn’t until the 2016 release of his solo debut, My Gospel, that he truly tapped into the full depth of his prodigious talents. Vice Noisey dubbed it “a somber reminder of how lucky we are to be alive,” while Texas Monthly raved that Cauthen “sound[s] like the Highwaymen all rolled into one: he’s got Willie’s phrasing, Johnny’s haggard quiver, Kristofferson’s knack for storytelling, and Waylon’s baritone.” He followed it up two years later with Have Mercy, an album that prompted Rolling Stone to dub him “one of the most fascinating, and eccentric, new voices in country music” and NPR’s Ann Powers to proclaim 2019 as “the year of Paul Cauthen.”
º w/ Dylan LeBlanc
^ w/ The Cactus Blossoms, SUSTO, Ian Noe, Delaney Davidson