Possessed By Paul James (Austin, TX)
Possessed By Paul James is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Konrad Wert. He was raised Mennonite with Amish roots in the swamps of Immokalee, Florida and presently resides with his wife and son in the Hill Country of Texas. Wert’s performances are so energetic that he could easily be mistaken for a small crowd. His songs are very honest. Not only are they completely personal and sincere, but they transcend identity and touch on the human condition. “Possessed is just… possessed by experiences and family (Paul and Melvin James),” Wert says. ”…I connect with that, with the beauty of the brokenness, innocence and/or ugliness.”
PPJ has been around now since 2006 touring domestically and internationally while finding a balance between family and the opportunities of music. “The goal is to be able to share and benefit both my family and those willing to listen. That is a success in my opinion and thus far it seems to be working it’s way out.”
In 2006 SYA Records of Milan, Italy pressed Wert’s first LP ‘Possessed by Paul James’ followed by his first European tour. In 2007 while touring overseas the Rev. Beatman of Voodoo Rhythm Records came to a PPJ show and liked what he heard and saw. Thus in 2008 ‘Cold and Blind’ was released, Wert’s second album. Presently we are awaiting PPJ’s 3rd record, ‘Feed the Family’ this time with the intent of going completely independent, pressing both CD, LP and 7-inch.
Needless to say it has been a slow and steady road for the music of Possessed by Paul James. As Wert likes to put it, “This isn’t a race. No one is coming in first or last, it’s simply a marathon in the process of music and that feels best.”
Westbound (Houston, TX)
Westbound is a high-energy Roots and Americana band from Houston, TX, featuring Rebecca on lead vocals and John on acoustic guitar, banjo, resonator guitar, backing vocals, stomp-box percussion and harmonica. The band is on constant regional tour in the Southeast U.S. in 2011, in support of their album Blackjack Road. Westbound is recording their second album in late 2011 / early 2012, and on national tour of the U.S. in Summer 2012.