If you haven’t seen Possessed By Paul James perform live before and happen to encounter his show by chance, the reaction is usually something along these lines: You cannot help but feel your jaw drop at the charisma, the passion, the energy driving this one-man musical tornado who’s raising a ruckus onstage, stomping madly in time and singing as though it were his last night on earth with each and every song. This is how it should be done. And there are no apologies. Konrad Wert, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is Possessed By Paul James, is charged with a fire, an undying spirit, that moves him to embrace every experience life tosses his way. He weathers the storm, and creates songs that are each a vivid reflection of that unbridled ferocity.
Yes, PPJ’s 2013 release There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely made it onto your humble Austin Music Minute maven’s top ten list last year. Check it out, and be sure to see him perform tonight at The North Door, 502 Brushy St. He shares the bill with Salt Lake City-based songwriter Lorin Walker Madsen. Doors open at 9 p.m. Very recommended. Let that spirit move you, friend.