Blue Railroad Review

by Paul Zollo

“She writes the kind of songs people say nobody writes anymore.  The kind of songs written by the greatest of the great singer-songwriters – songs with uniquely poetic lyric wed to gorgeous melodies, songs in which both the words and the music are equally inventive and inspired.”

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“Paula McMath’s “Trust The Sky” is a self-affirming, moving tribute to one’s own journey through life. The melody takes just enough twists to keep it fresh when we least expect it. Produced lucidly to reveal the storyline, that makes it even more personal to the listener. “

paula mcmath named in Music Connection’s  –  15th Annual Hot 100 Unsigned Artists,  Volume XXX,  No.  25  12/04/06 to 12/31/06

“McMath and her able backup musicians take the singer-songwriter format into the rock realm on a collection of tunes that showcase a strong,  expressive voice.  She comes out struttin’ on “lonely blue”,  a very good choice to open this disc.  “Wet” marries a rocking track to bitter lyrics.  “Consumed” is a bluesy ballad with vivid imagery and vocals tones that imbue the song with emotions.  McMath is working at a high level and warrants industry attention.”

Music Connection Review /  Volume XXX,  No.  12  06/05/06 to 06/18/06

“You’re very good at what you do, but sometimes it takes a while for the world to figure it out.  As Woody Allen famously stated, a big part of success is showing up, and with that I heartily concur.  In our culture now people are used to things happening very quickly.  TV shows like American Idol perpetuate the myth an entertainer can become famous overnight. The reality is, it takes a lifetime for an artist to gestate.

The wife and I have practically worn your current CD out!”

Ric Menck, member of Velvet Crush (drummer;  Matthew Sweet, Liz Phair, Marianne Faithful)shapeimage_6.jpg

“Shows tremendous talent.  Thank you for sharing it with me.  Reminiscent of Joni… and there couldn’t be a better compliment.  Very impressive.  Keep going Paula.  I’m looking forward to where you’re headed!”

John Pozer,  Filmmaker/Director,  Cannes Film Festival award-winner  / “The Grocer’s Wife”

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“I feel really strongly about this music.  I think Paula’s voice, the lyrics,  and the melodies are amazing.”

Producer John Hanlon, who has engineered and produced with Neil Youngshapeimage_6.jpg

“I love this CD!  There’s a surprising elegance to its blend of edge, sensuality, intimacy, and bluesy rock. The more I listen, the more I appreciate it  –  especially paula mcmath’s honest, expressive voice.  Because We Bleed is a worthy, sometimes edgy, sometimes quietly poetic, stream of paula mcmath’s relationship reflections… with a little grit on the mirror.  It’s great.”

Susan Haight,  singer-songwriter

“A rockin’ album from an amazing Canadian transplant to the city of angels.  Paula has a rich and powerful voice and some searin’ lyrics that burn to the soul.”

-itunes review of because we bleed

Dear Ms McMath

You do not know me and probably never will. But I feel compelled to say a few things to you. I saw you perform Saturday night at McCabes. I go there quite often and have seen a lot of shows there. Something about yours though, touched me more deeply than I can express. I don’t quite know why. Your music was lovely of course but it was more than that. It was more the way you seem to be as a human being…..There is an openness and a kind of vulnerability about you that affected me strongly. It is something I strive for when I write an essay but you put it into your music.  I have been around the block a few times and I don’t say this lightly…….  I believe when an artist, in any medium, should know about when their work touches someone…  and now you do….  Thank you for a lovely evening.

Larry

Paula,

Hi, I just wanted to say that I say you performing the other night on 3rd St. in Santa Monica, and though I was only able to catch a few songs, I wanted to let you know that I thought you had a great voice and I enjoyed what I heard. I don’t always find myself doing that when I’m walking down 3rd St, but I had to check out your site. Love what I hear, and looking forward to catching you play again soon.

Jon

Dear Paula,

Last week me and my family were traveling in the US and we heard and saw you play across the street from where we were dining in Santa Monica. You sang covers of a lot of my all time favorites and you gave that ‘extra touch’ to our dinner. I bought your album and I found that you have also written a lot of material yourself.

I really love that album and I hope there will be more in the future.

Traveling in the US is always a great adventure but the little extra’s make such journeys especially memorable. Seeing black bears in Yosemite, whales heading north along the coastal highway and your performance in Santa Monica were some of my extras. And since I can’t thank the bears or the whales… 🙂

Thanks!

Bart

The Netherlands