Live Review: Paul Lewis

The Hotel Café Hollywood, CA

Web: paul-lewis.com

Contact: [email protected]

Players: Paul Lewis, guitar, vocals; John Sanders, drums; Allen Trainor, bass

Material: Paul Lewis is an alternative rocker pounding out the tunes since he was a 19-year-old kid in Delaware. For the most part, the music is hard, power-chord driven and very raw. Mundane at times, many twists and turns encompass the tunes as their stories unfold into witty and amusing stories of past experiences. The lyrics take you on a fun ride through life’s journeys and let you know that it’s the little things that matter. 

Musicianship: Trainor and Sanders, aka the rhythm section, was spot on at this show. They jelled very nicely on all tunes and gave Lewis a nice backdrop to work with. Lewis has been around for a bit and in all that time he has contributed to the music industry countless hours of creative sweat and tears. Many collaborations are notched into his belt as well as scores to movie soundtracks (Days of Power and Dark State) and singles from self-produced projects.

Performance: It was superb. Lewis is a natural entertainer and very comfortable on stage. He thrashed and twisted and danced his way through the set like it was just another day at the office. It helps to have a great rhythm section that enjoys playing the music as much as he does. Together they made the crowd dance and groove and shake what the good lawd gave them.

Summary: Paul Lewis is a hard rockin’ roller dishing out the latest alternative rock sound. He writes from the heart with insatiable emotion and fiery passion. Gutsy chord progressions stun the listener at every turn and the lyrics just knock them out. He’s got the look; he’s got the chops and he’s got the band. His latest release, Sky’s Rust, from November of 2022, deserves a listen.