About Paula Standing

Paula Standing produces acoustic folk songs with an old country twist and a sting in the tale. Local and universal songwriting and performance, what you hear, will not be what you expect.

Minnesota Songwriters

How exciting! I joined the Minnesota Association of Songwriters online on Good Friday Morning (ACST) as guest speaker. I was approached by their convenor, Chad Shank, late last year and it all went off without a hitch. It was a fab online event with the group joining in with questions and comments.  I hope I was able to shine some light on the mysterious art of songwriting for the group’s up and coming writers.

My music spent a lot of time in the radio charts in the USA last year so, it is good to give back to the music community. I plan to travel there and meet some of these people face to face one day soon. The Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, non-profit organisation dedicated to celebrating the art and craft of creating original music. It is a joy to support such a worthy group.

2022-04-15T05:06:00+00:00March 28th, 2022|0 Comments

Cranker @ Easter

At the invitation of Sunee Holland, I joined her and Jack Robins at the front bar at  The Cranker on Easter Sunday night. A good appreciative crowd turned out to enjoy some delightful original music at this iconic venue!

It was good to be back out in the thick of things once more. Particularly lovely to catch up with some peeps for the first time this year and hear the lovely tunes of Sunee and Jack.

2022-04-25T04:41:13+00:00March 28th, 2022|0 Comments

Radio and Charts

US Country and Americana Radio Stations

Bill Wence Promotions worked hard behind the scenes for 18 weeks starting September 2021.  Two hundred CDs were pressed in Nashville and sent out to radio stations across the USA. I am pleased to see 2022 kick off to a great start, the last report showed a total of 139 stations played my music.

More precisely, 84 Americana stations played various tracks from the album, The More I Give and 55 Country stations spun the track, Call It Home.  This amount of airplay impacts the Roots Music Charts and the album appeared on various charts.  Several tracks also popped up on the song charts!

Roots Music Charts

I guess this one is pretty special, No.2 in the Top 50 Australia Album Charts for a few weeks, No.3 at the end of 2021 and still there in 2022!

The snapshot above shows all the charts where The More I Give appears as of Jan 15, 2022. 

Particularly pleasing is the Top 50 Contemporary Folk Chart where the album moved up and down a few times, but ended up at No.11 at the end of 2021. Still doing very well at No.14 in 2022, I am overwhelmed to see that one of my favourite artists, John Prine also on the same chart! The album sat amongst some pretty amazing names. Over several weeks, artists Lucas Nelson, Brandi Carlisle, Hayes Carll, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Charlie Parr shared a chart with me.

Nor can I be displeased with No.24 on The Top 50 Folk Album Chart. The album was at No.21 for a while and again, it is a pleasure to be on the list with such great names.

Song Charts at Year’s End

Three tracks kept pace on the Top 50 Contemporary Folk Song Chart. They also hovered and on Dec 11, 2021, Call It Home sat at No.16, The More I Give No.17, I’d Go Back Again No.18. The same tracks held steady on the Top 50 Australia Song Chart at positions No.3,4 & 5.

Song Charts in 2022

Nice start to the year.  Top 50 Contemporary Folk Song Chart from Roots Music Report shows Call It Home, The More I Give and I’d Go Back Again at positions 17, 18 & 19. Early in the year they remained at 3,4 & 5 on the Top 50 Australia Chart

The promo has now ended, but I hope to stay in the hearts of those listeners that heard some of my tunes.

2022-03-10T04:55:04+00:00November 11th, 2021|0 Comments

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022

 Tamworth Country Music Festival postponed to April

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Sadly, due to family commitments I am unable to reschedule to fit the new dates.

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At this stage, I still plan to release my new single in March.

 Written with Jeremy Edwards at the DAG Songwriters Retreat back in 2018 and recorded with Rod McCormack in 2019. Described as a gentle murder ballad, if there is such a thing, this one will finally seeing the light of day.

 

2022-01-21T02:55:18+00:00October 23rd, 2021|0 Comments

Semaphore Music Festival

The Semaphore Music Festival kicked off this year at the beginning of October, with events spread across every weekend until early November! I was pleased to open the Foreshore event at Semaphore SA, on October 31, Halloween Beach Blanket Picnic. Stephen Loss and Dave Taylor added to the atmosphere with Bass, lead guitar and keys.

After a delayed start, the afternoon was enjoyed by all in near perfect weather! Five bands on the back of a truck!

 

2021-12-21T02:54:40+00:00October 15th, 2021|0 Comments

Fleurieu Folk Day

Some great pics have come in from Sam Pickering from the recent Fleurieu folk Day held at the Willunga Spots Stadium October 16th. Stephen Loss on lead guitar and Dave Taylor on upright bass kept me company (and in time) for the duration. We played to a fabulous and appreciative crowd and a fun time was head by all.
Included on the day, performances from the Judith Crossley Memorial Songwriting Award winner, Peter Thornton Memorial Award presentation, and winner of Folk Alliance Australia Youth Folk Artist of the Year. Great acts filled the day from 10am – 10pm and the bar staff kept us lubricated. Food trucks fed us and a merchandise room satisfied the shopping addicts!
There will be two more of the Fleurieu Folk Days on the music calendar. Keep your eye on the Fleurieu Folk Festival website or better still, sign up to the newsletter.
2021-10-23T05:50:41+00:00September 26th, 2021|0 Comments

Read All About It

With special thanks to James Moore at Independent Music Promotions, I can share some wonderful articles written by multiple publications from across the US and UK. The More I Give is getting some fine attention!

Guitar Girl Magazine (UK)

“Encompassing 10-tracks, The More I Give begins with “Call It Home,” a gorgeous, elegant folk song rolling out on glistening acoustic guitars riding a mid-tempo rhythm. Rippling layers of soft coloration imbue the tune with lustrous, creamy textures as Paula’s dulcet voice provides warm, velvety timbres.”

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Vinyl Chapters (Jamie Parmenter)

“As we get to the deeper cuts, Standing carries on with a sultry flow and rounds off the album like a nice hug. The strings in Just Like Its Mine make you feel like you’re in the old-time plains of America, sitting on a porch in a rocking chair as guitar caresses the soul and sweeps you onwards.”

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Obscure Sound (Indie Music Blog)

“The album’s self-titled track is especially impactful. Solemn piano is patiently accompanied by emotive vocals and gradual acoustics. The strings and piano intensify as a vocal duet emerges: “And I can’t help wonder how it all began / And I can’t help wonder when it’s gonna end.” The track showcases Standing’s gripping songwriting in passionate form.”

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Breaking and Entering Milwaukee (US)

“a richness to detail in the instrumentation that far exceeds that of most albums. The array of stringed instruments whirl and tread waves of water of notes and rhythms, spending a fair amount of time on each track humming along sans drums. Standing gets down, as it were, on the vocals with a strenuous voice timed with canny inflections to spotlight some credible songwriting that’s another hallmark of this collection.”

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NoHoArtsDistrict.com (US)

“Understated music like this is what makes the world go round.  Memorable, effortlessly connecting to the listener.  Each song is a story with a purpose, holding a myriad of meaning for all.

Paula Standing is a bit of a dark horse.  These songs might seem straight forward enough at first listen. However, she has a secret weapon. Talent.”

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For Folk’s Sake  (Interview by Jonathan Frahm)

“Cut from the same tapestry as the likes of Dar Williams or Shawn Colvin, Standing’s folk is blended with subtle pop sensibilities and a whole lot of knowing—about life, and how she’s living it.”

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Raised By Cassettes (Blog)

While the music of Paula Standing can have a folk sound overall- those acoustic guitar vibes which sometimes border on country- there are a few other sounds to be found within here as well.

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2021-08-31T00:40:29+00:00August 21st, 2021|0 Comments

Crooked Road Sessions

At the end of June I was invited to play a set in the Saturday Sessions at The Gov with the Crooked Road boys. It was a blast and now I have been asked to return at the end of August -28th- to play some more. This is always a fun event, it is free but due to the popularity of this event, it is advised to book your places if you want to get a good seat.

I will be joined by another version of The Mixed Blessings, final lineup will see Stephen and Sheelagh Loss, Andrew Hook and Dave Taylor. Envelopes are provided for an optional donation to go towards funds for ‘starving musicians’.

Book a place through The Gov Book a Table 

2021-08-21T05:01:13+00:00July 17th, 2021|0 Comments

Songcatcher

Radio Adelaide 101.5fm

On August 9, I was a guest on  Songcatcher at Radio Adelaide 101.5FM, where I chatted  with Adrian and Clayton about the latest album. For one hour we drilled down about how it all came about, the songwriting and recording. As current restrictions meant I could not actually visit them at the studio, we spent two hours in the phone! Sadly, there was no opportunity to play live.

Following the program, I hosted the mixed tape session, with a list of songs/musicians that played a part in the album’s story. Always a lot of fun and very informative for those of you that are interested in songwriting.

2021-08-21T04:59:11+00:00June 27th, 2021|0 Comments

The More I Give Album Launch

New Accolade for The More I Give

Oz Radio Gold has issued printable certificates for National Traditional #1 Country Hits. The More I Give (single) hit the top of the charts in June! There has been a nice big smile on my face ever since I received this.

The official launch of the new album “The More I Give” happened!

The Jade Flinders St in Adelaide CBD, hosted the occasion on Friday June 4th. I teamed up with a great lineup of superb local musicians. The talented Trev Warner (fiddle); Andrew Hook (Mandolin); Stephen Loss (Guitar & Keys); Sheelagh Loss (Banjo) and the esteemed Shireen Khemlani (Bass) together on the one stage!

We had a great night at HATs in Auburn at The Old Courthouse, Saturday June 19. A full room of locals keeping warm by the log fire.

paula standing the more i give album cover

 

The show opened again by the fabulous Don Morrison! Don recently celebrated 40 years in the music business and you can read all about it in the updated version of his book ‘This Could Be Big’.

Following on from this I played at The Crooked Road Saturday Sessions at The Gov on Saturday June 16th. I had the wonderful Losses, Stephen and Sheelagh on guitar and banjo with Andrew Hook on Mandolin and Dave Taylor joine in on bass. Great afternoon playing to another full room!

 

Video News

The talented Miguel Rios flew across from Victoria to shoot a new video for the title track ‘The More I Give’. Many thanks to Ruby Osborn for agreeing to be my dancing girl and her mum Holly, for being such a help on the day. Elisabeth Hartmann-Smith for hair and make up and Matt at Nexus Arts Theatre for perfect lighting. The new video premiered with a Watch Party on YouTube June 14th and had over 250 views in the first 48 hours!

Review

I was pleased to find this lovely review in Nov/Dec 2020 Tamworth Country Music Capital News Magazine by Jon Wolfe

This album is a heartfelt delivery of ten songs that share a musical history that would be the envy of many who call themselves singers. First let’s look at the voice: both, sweet and ethereal, laced with emotion. Songwriter: storyteller. Background: country, folk, touch of Celtic, family singalongs on the porch.

Paula worked closely with Rod McCormack, Lou Bradley and Gina Jeffreys (and a few of the students mentored by Gina) on this project and they can all be proud of the result. The first single Hiding Out In Tuscany, foreshadowed the album and promised plenty-and Paula has delivered.

Favourites include Call It Home, Heaven On Earth and Hiding Out In Tuscany, but this album should be listened to as a whole because there is a collectiveness that forces you to want to be there and take it all in, maybe on a porch under the stars.
Top marks to producer Rod McCormack, who, along with the musicians, provides the perfect touches to make this a unique experience.

The current May June Issue sports a two page article just in time for the launch.

 

2021-07-31T04:04:29+00:00April 18th, 2021|0 Comments
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