Paul Cauthen (from the E.P. Have Mercy on Lightning Rod Records)
A mighty roar cries out “Have Mercy”, Paul Cauthen guiding the title track for his recent E.P. release with a firm hand on the vocal reins and the beat stomps its feet. The resonance in Paul’s voice is as wide as an open sky, deep as the Roots and Americana riffs that takes line-up for Have Mercy E.P. “Tumbleweed” blows across a cinematic musical landscape, Paul Cauthen calling out on a western wind for love to return while Have Mercy E.P. takes a request for self-improvement with “Resignation” on a slinky shuffle as it takes a ‘seat at the Last Call Tavern tonight’ and puts a honky tonk rhythm underneath the thick, swirling twang of “Lil Son”.
A mission and a message become one on Have Mercy E.P., the power of truth and love wrapping securely around each storyline. Paul Cauthen accepts his role as sage with a song, realizing ‘I'm a singer not a preacher, but these songs are my sermon. We're ripping each other apart out there, and forgiveness and mercy are what's going to get us through. I want to use my voice the best I can to spread that message while I'm here on this Earth’. Paul Cauthen throws open the doors to Have Mercy E.P., welcoming a procession of the faithful on a marching rhythm, pointing a finger at oppression and locking arms as a united front on the opening track “Everybody Walking This Land”. A car pulls to the curb, Paul Cauthen smiling as he offers the world a lift in “My Cadillac”, and while his humanity is on full display with Have Mercy E.P., Paul saves his heart over for a single soul as he exits the E.P. with “In Love with a Fool”.
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