Paul Nash is new to the country scene.
But Paul has been plenty busy thus far in life. He’s competed in regional martial arts events and has competed professionally in strongest man competitions including The Worlds Strongest Man Competitions twice. You can imagine the imposing force Paul has on people the first time he meets them. He is sure to be an impressive person up on the country music stage.
Paul Nash is more than just a big guy, though. After listening to his music it is evident he has real stories to share with the world. There is plenty of truth and heartfelt experiences in these songs.
Paul’s debut country album is Crossing That Line – a story of Paul’s life and a story of a well-lived life. If you like a mix of southern rock, country, and gospel you’ll be sure to love the debut from Paul Nash.
Crossing That Line – Paul Nash
By glancing at the songs on the album you’ll see a variety of interesting topics. Paul has taken on many of life’s interesting twists and turns. He’s added his powerful voice to the stories of the common country life. There are plenty of experiences to be had on this album and I’m sure you’ll find more than a few that will fit your tastes.
1. 16 Days
The opening track always sets the tone for the entire album. You get the feeling on Days that this record is not going to be like the other country albums you’re picking up at the store these days. And that’s exactly what Paul Nash seems to want. He’s different. He’s unique. He’s someone you’re going to want to follow. If you like music that’s in your face with songs that tell your own story you’re going to love this record.
2. Nothing More Than A Cowboy
Here’s a song that sounds like something that would play well on today’s country radio. The melody would fit right in. Even from these first few early tracks it’s easy to hear that Paul Nash knows what he’s doing in the recording studio. His voice comes through loud and on point. This track has this really cool laid back yet powerful sound. It’s a great song with some depth in the lyrics.
3. Crossing That Line
It’s always interesting to listen to the title track from an album. In this instance it’s obvious why this song was title worthy. The song is kind of laid back. It tells the story of how one is living their life. They’re sort of down on their last rung in life and need some change. It’s a great son with a great melody. I really like this one.
4. Lying In The Sun
One of the more upbeat songs on the record, Lying In The Sun is a song about a bartender that’s been working hard for a few tips. He’s offering up advice to save up so he can head out on a little vacation. Sometimes no matter what you’re doing in life you just need to get away. It’s a great track and one we can all relate to.
5. Make A Little
I don’t know if they love the harmonica up in Canada, but I’m really pleasantly surprised to hear it on this record. This is a like a blues rock record from back in the old school days. Paul shows off his range on this song. It’s really something special, unique, and you’re sure to love it. If you’re getting by with a little this song is for you.
6. Sometimes On A Sunday
Here is one of the album’s few slower songs. It’s a good one. I love Paul’s restraint on these songs. Sometimes On A Sunday is one of the album’s highlights. If pressed I’d say this is my favorite song from the set. I love the viewpoint of a guy thinking about all the things he’s done wrong in life. Great song.
7. Mystery Train
Man the harmonica is awesome on this record. I love a good harmonica solo. You can’t beat it when it comes to a great country song. I like how the music is turned down on the beginning of the record. It’s just Paul and the harmonica until the rest of the instruments kick in. Then things get intense and you an feel your feet tapping along with the hard beat. It’s great.
8. I’m No Angel
It’s really interesting to hear Paul’s voice. He’s got the mean, low growl of a guy with attitude. After hearing his story and background that’s the voice you’d expect to hear. But then you listen to songs like I’m No Angel and you realize he can turn things back a notch and really sing sweet. It’s as sweet as a tough guy can get. I like this track. A great duet.
This song rocks right along. Paul plays the narrator of the story. He’s a guy trying to get to Abeline to save what was left of a relationship. He’s running fast and trying to avoid the law. He’s speeding by living on caffeine. He needs to change her mind and get her back to him. He needs her. I’m not sure if this track will become a single, but it’s really something unique and one of my favorites on the record.
10. While The Gettin’s Good
I love the opening harmonica on this track. There is plenty of harmonica on the album. I love that. It’s good old school southern country. You don’t hear enough of that on the radio these days. Once Paul kicks in with the song, though, you’re completely taken off guard. He’s nasty with the words. It’s in your face and this is truly something unique. You might think someone like Jason Aldean has been rocking the last few years, but Paul is truly combining southern rock and metal with country music. This song packs attitude.
11. Ghost In The Radio
Paul’s mix of music tastes is evident throughout the album. This track actually feels like some of the rock that came out in the ’90s. I think it was called Buzz Metal. This track is a little laid back, but there’s attitude in the lyrics as Paul sings about a couple of life’s experiences. It’s a cool song that has a very unique and almost haunting song. I guess that’s the title fits the music. And you’ll love Paul’s deep vocals on the last part of the track. It’s great – really grabs your attention.
12. Say You’ll Stay
This song recording includes some of the studio sounds. It’s cool. It reminds me of a track from the ’80s rock era. It’s mellow, but still powerful. Here is where you see Paul touching on the heartbreak he’s felt in life. His big voice is emotional on the song. He’s wishing his love will stay just for one more night. He can’t handle the fighting anymore. Paul is restrained yet powerful on this song. He does a great job reigning in his big voice. It’s really great on the entire album.
13. Long Black Limo
It’s a big sound to finish out the album. There are background singers and the music is really impressive. The song starts out slow, but the pace picks up once it gets going. You can picture the person riding back into town in the long black limousine. The person had left the small town for riches and dreams in the big city. Now the dream of coming home a big somebody has come true. It’s a great song. Cool melody and great structure.
Download Crossing That Line
Download the record at Paul’s Official Website.