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songwriter, guitar, harp. Born Chicago 3/24/50. He
was raised in the Lockport, Ill. corn fields in the 1950’s.
"My sisters played piano in church and of course we all sang there. About the only other music we could get was the radio."
night while cruising the dial Filipowicz pulled in a radio station out of Tulsa,
OK. They played Wolf, Sonny Boy (II)
and Muddy Waters back to back. That was his first exposure to blues. He first witnessed live blues in 64 or 65, while
outside a club on Chicago’s South Side “It was boiling hot about 2p.m. and
these people were all dressed up and
going into this air-conditioned club.” Otis Rush and his band were tearing it up right there in broad daylight. Electric guitar
was it! Learning by ear was about the only way to go about a blues education in those days. “I was playing without a pick
and the first time I heard Magic Sam it clicked. The phrasing was what I was hearing.”
the 30 plus years of fronting his own band, Filipowicz has played venues from
the mid-west to Denver to stints in Texas
and Mississippi. Some of his fondest memories are the shows with “Hound-Dog Taylor “and “Mighty Joe Young” in the 70’s.
“That’s where I met Ken Saydak, he was with Joe then, I never thought we’d be working together some day”. Ken appears
with Paul on “Chinatown”.
a version of Sam’s “All Your Love” Joe told Paul “That was nice, keep it
up”. “Mr. Taylor would even grunt when
he’d see me”. Lefty Dizz “Man he just won a thousand bucks playin cards the night before, did we have a time.” Jimmy
Dawkins would take Paul aside and give him pointers.
Allison was a great friend. He once told Paul “I know you’re a bluesman and
you know you’re a bluesman and
every time you take the stage you got to prove it”. “That knowledge is always with me, It seems just like yesterday, I
am truly blessed” Paul said. He will make a special guest appearance at the “2004 Luther Allison Celebration”
August 15, 2004, “Luther’s Blues” Madison WI.
4 critically acclaimed CD’s under his belt, including two “Top 20 Texas
Blues New Releases” in a row (1998 “Never
Had It So Good”#14 and 1999 “What Have You Done For Me Lately” #7 Real Blues mag.) Paul’s original slashing guitar
style has been established and documented.
latest release “Chinatown” is the logical next-step for a bluesman that has
over the years warranted comparisons in
such publications as, “Living Blues”, “Blues Revue”, “Soul Bag”, “Blues Access” and “Big City Blues", to such a diverse
group of great’s as John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins just to name a few.
Paul Filipowicz is his music, and that music speaks for itself.
Ordering & Booking: 920.988.8544
PO Box 313
Lake Mills, WI 53551