|Halfling Guitar Player|
From his early years, playing blues on Chicago's South Side, to his present career based out of northern Vermont; Paul Asbell has earned an underground reputation as a true "musician's musician". He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin' Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples and Donny Hathaway.
He moved to Vermont in 1971, where he still lives. He started playing with a diverse array of artists, including Big Mama Thornton, singer-songwriters Paul Siebel, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and Rosalie Sorrells, jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Stitt, and Nick Brignola, and many others.
Mr. Asbell's performance and recording credits in recent years include David Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Michael Ray, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Wild Magnolias, John Stowell, Julian Lage, Dave Grippo and former student Trey Anastasio.
Mr. Asbell has also taught guitar for over 40 years; both private instruction and at university level. He has held positions at Dartmouth College, Skidmore College, St. Michaels College, Johnson State College, Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.
His 2 solo acoustic CD's, Steel-String Americana and Roots and Branches, received numerous rave reviews for their highly individualized twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes and original pieces from the American roots tradition. The Flynn Theatre called them "A genre-blurring, virtuosic waltz through the deep heritage of American folklore, where styles of Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Dr. John rub elbows with those of Joe Pass and Bill Frisell."
Mr. Asbell also formed the band Kilimanjaro and recorded 2 award-winning albums for Philo Records. Their long awaited CD Homecoming (their first in 25 years) is now available to jazz fans around the world!
Check out his website www.paulasbell.com!
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