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Mieka Pauley


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Bluesy folk/rock

Status:

Most recent release, The Science of Making Choices (2012)

See also:

Mieka Pauley's site

Wikipedia's entry on Mieka Pauley

Mieka Pauley's Facebook page

Mieka Pauley's Bandcamp site

Comparisons:

Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Mieka Pauley has a strong and slightly smokey/bluesy voice. Her music is generally folkrock and forceful. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Comments about live performance:

I highly recommend to all that you try to see her—Mieka *rocks*. Mieka Pauley was a powerhouse, as always. Mieka is an amazing performer, and also a really really cool person. (3/08)
     She peeled the paint off the walls, and it was great. And if she comes to your town, go— hether she's with her band or solo, she rocks and is well worthy of support. (3/09, meth@smoe.org)

Far too loud for little Rockwood Music Hall, but fun angry loud music. My favorite was 'Marked Man' with Mieka singing threateningly as she rhythmically thumped her guitar, just percussion and voice. Most of her stuff is too in-between for me, not enough country or punk or folk so I'm reminded of MOR Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow. 'All the same mistakes' is still one of her best songs. (08/09, k_hester_k@yahoo.co.nz)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


out of car wrecks and hurricanes EP

Release info:

2006

Availability:

Limited

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Mieka Pauley—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Tyler Wood—piano, B3, Wurlitzer, Rhodes
Mark Goldenberg—electric guitars
Stewart Myers—bass; omnichord (2)
Brian Jones—drums
Rick Woolstenhulme—percussion
John Alagia—Wurlitzer (2)

Produced by:

John Alagia

Comments:

"Stronger" is definitely the single here—very nicely constructed and Mieka Pauley's slightly smokey voice is wonderfully emotive here. There other four tracks aren't quite as strong, though "first stone" has a lovely, haunted melody. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Elijah Drop Your Gun

Release info:

2009

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Mieka Pauley—vocals, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Brian Cassagnol—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond organ, synth, bass percussion, vocals
Sarab Singh—drums
Andrew Morgan—bass
Daniel Mintseris—Wurlitzer, Hammond organ
Jonathan Lehe—cello

Comments:

I highly recommend it to all. (meth@smoe.org)

The Science of Making Choices

Release info:

2012

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Mieka Pauley—vocals, guitars, keyboards

Guest artists:

Geoff Stanfield—bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion, pedal steel
Kelly VanCamp—drums, percussion
Paul Moore—piano, keyboards
Gabriel Mintz—backing vocals (5)

Produced by:

Geoff Stanfield

Comments:

This album has particularly tough lyrics and her singing matches it. Recommended if you like tough, folky music. Though "Frigid" proves that she can do torchy and yearning, too. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

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