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Colorado's Dewey Paul Band reaches beyond the jam band labeling with thought-provoking, meaningful and inspiring material.
Fronted by musician-promoter Dewey Paul Moffitt, whose industry resume' has over twenty years of outstanding achievements, the Dewey Paul Band boasts a very talented lineup of accomplished musicianship. While Moffitt takes center stage with his graceful guitar and vocal stylings, he is joined by saxophonist extraordinaire Walter Darnell Holland, bass virtuoso Tim Steele, wizard keyboardist Matt Workman and rhythm master Andy Sweetser on drums and percussion. The resulting sound is pure Americana.
"I would consider it lyrically-driven folk rock with splashes of improvisational jamming thrown in every so often. It seems everyone has the need to compare you to someone and I tend to hear a lot of people say Lou Reed, Petty, Springsteen and Dylan. It's certainly an honor when I hear those things." Moffitt says.
The Dylan influence seems like an obvious one, considering Moffitt also fronts an all-Bob Dylan cover band, Postcards Of The Hanging and hosts an annual charity event honoring the music of Dylan. That band had originally started out as Dylan66 and featured Elephant Revival's Bridget Law and Leftover Salmon's Bill McKay. And likewise with Dewey Paul Band, there is a lot of roots and jam band influence heard as well, especially when the band performs live.
Moffitt got his behind the scenes break when legendary San Francisco concert promoter Bill Graham hired him to do production work in the early '90s. He spent several years setting up dressing rooms for the Grateful Dead before venturing out into producing music festivals and sound engineering. All of those years of behind-the-scenes influence, or "paying of dues" if you must, has resulted in a true commitment for heartfelt songwriting and passionate live performances.
"On one hand the (music) business is extremely harsh and unforgiving, and on the other hand when you are fortunate enough to participate in that magical exchange with an audience, I have found nothing more rewarding than that. Music is the medicine for the human soul, and I cannot imagine a life without it." Moffitt says.
Dewey Paul Band have three CD releases, "Cale (A Tribute To J.J. Cale)" (2011), "Ancient Heart" (2009), and "On The Devil's Highway" (2008). 2011's Cale actually features Moffitt performing all the instruments himself, ala Todd Rundgren style, in the world's first and only solo tribute album to legendary Tulsa blues musician J.J. Cale (After Midnight, They Call Me the Breeze, Cocaine, etcetera). The project was also completely funded by fans through the crowdsourcing website Pledge Music. Prior to Dewey Paul Band, Moffitt had released five CDs with his earlier band Dewey Decibel System between 1995 and 2007.
n addition to Dewey's annual tribute to Bob Dylan which started in 2005 and continues today, Moffitt also performs in a Colorado reenactment of The Band's famous Last Waltz concert (over 8 years running now) with Denver band Polytoxic. Additionally he has performed/jammed as a guest on stage with nationally touring bands Lubriphonic, Paul Benjaman Band, Steepwater Band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, JGB's Melvin Seals, among countless others.