Paul Cauthen: Walking Through The Fire

Paul Cauthen at the Belmont Hotel. Photo by Anna Webber Walking in the flesh versus walking in the spirit is a battle that has plagued humankind for time immemorial, and may be more publicly visible in the entertainment arena than anywhere. On his new album Room 41, as well as on stage and in interviews, Texas Americana artist Paul Cauthen isn’t shy about ‘fessing up to a life walking the wire between condemnation and redemption, or about discussing who he is, what’s he’s done, and what’s he’s all about at the end of the day. Misadventures with substance abuse, the pain of loneliness, and numerous religious references weave their way through the 10 tracks of Room 41. Cauthen grew up in Tyler, Texas singing in the Church of Christ, and couldn’t be less ambiguous when asked about why he became a musician. “My granddad singing,” he states immediately, on the phone from Venice Beach, California, as he prepared to head to the desert for a video shoot in Joshua Tree. “My granddad Jim Paul singing and playing. Granddad taught me a few chords, and he taught me and my two sisters to sing harmony in a bathroom for the acoustics.…

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