paul lee kupfer
Paul Lee Kupfer has released two full length albums of original music as a solo artist, "Where the Wind Goes", recorded at Wild Chorus Studios in Knoxville, TN in 2016 and "Mind Wanderer", recorded independently in 2021. Before that he released two full length albums as a member of the band The Bus Driver Tour.
Originally from the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, Paul continues to work on his craft while touring around the United States based out of Knoxville, Tennessee and Western Montana. His style is somewhat of a throwback to traveling musicians and songwriting of long ago, but the language stays relevant and rooted in the modern world that surrounds us all.
Genre: Americana, Folk, Country Blues
Paul Lee has shared the stage with Watchhouse (Mandolin Orange)
, The Carolina Chocolate Drops
, Taj Mahal
, Shovels & Rope
, Truth & Salvage Co.
, Sarah Jarosz
, Pokey Lafarge
, The Emmitt Nershi Band
, Los Lonely Boys
and many more talented performers. He has played at The Kauai Folk Festival
, Red Ants Pants Festival
, and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
, Farm Block Festival
, Lava Hot Springs Folk Festival, as well as theaters, bars, venues, haunts, dives, and all places in between.
Paul Lee Kupfer is from a lot of different places, West Virginia native, he lived in Pennsylvania, California, and Montana before settling in Knoxville. When he's not on the road as a solo singer-songwriter, Kupfer is one-third of the Bus Driver Tour, with fellow country-folkies Ian Thomas and Danny Freund. (Thomas is also based in Knoxville; Freund lives in Montana.) It's an itinerant life for an itinerant musician.
Somewhere along the way, though, Kupfer managed to stay in one place long enough to record Where the Wind Goes, his debut solo album. It's a collection of unreconstructed folk in the style of early Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Arlo Guthrie, recorded at Wild Chorus Studio here in Knoxville with Jamie Cook (Everybodyfields), Robert Richards (Black Lillies), Evie Andrus, and Josh Oliver (Mandolin Orange, Watchhouse). The songs range from quiet melancholy ("Highway to the Coast") to shuffling blues ("Riverbank Blues") and vibrant, fiddle-fueled road anthems ("Where the Wind Goes").
-- KnoxMercury - Nov, 2016
"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."
-- Carolina Music Review
"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"."