Originally from the Mountains of West Virginia, Paul Lee Kupfer has travelled as a solo performer and band leader since 2006 while living in Philadelphia, California, Tennessee, Montana and towns in between. Restless touring and writing has allowed him to share the bill with some of his heroes.
Paul Lee has shared the stage with The Carolina Chocolate Drops
, Taj Mahal
, Shovels & Rope
, Truth & Salvage Co.
, Sarah Jarosz
, Pokey Lafarge
, The Emmitt Nershi Band
, and many more talented performers. He has played at Red Ants Pants Festival, and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion as well as theaters, bars, venues, haunts, dives, and many places in between while crossing the country performing his music.
"Paul exceeded any expectation I could have had. His music is rich and timeless and his ability to tell a story with a song was amazing... I would also describe his music as a melding of singer/songwriter, folk, and blues. Paul's songs were well written and his words and musical ability kept me captivated throughout his entire set."
-- Spencer Huffman - Carolina Music Review
"Paul Lee Kupfer is a young performer and songwriter from Knoxville TN who has independently toured the United States for the past 4 years playing original folk and blues. His style is somewhat of a throwback and has been described as boxcar hobo style folk music."
"Another video shows Paul Lee Kupfer playfully picking out "Riverbank Blues" at a kitchen table littered with cups, trash and an ashtray. Dirty dishes pile up in the sink and the back door stands open. Just as you become enamored with Paul's voice and mischievous sound, the white coffee maker behind him reminds you: this could be your kitchen. The wall between singer and listener are down, and what is left is his charming grin and the belief that at some point today he really will, "...go down to the riverbank to see his baby swim"."
-- RaleighOnTheRocks.com - RaleighOnTheRocks.com
"Bluegrass tends to be a genre for serious players who stay true to the craft, but by incorporating the playfulness of ragtime, the virtuosic skills behind bluegrass, and the sepia-toned aesthetic of classic Americana, Kupfer sounds fresh and manages to avoid complacency. He has a distinctive approach and his arrangements are still inventive and fun. Kupfer is a star that shines, but on tracks like "Reuben's Train" and "River Bank Blues", he dazzles. "
-- Kevin Wan - Owner/Promoter Sophias Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA