Paul Pigat > Boxcar Campfire

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Paul Pigat’s many fans are probably more familiar with him as the front man of the rockin’ Cousin Harley band. You might think that acoustic music is a new diversion for the already multi-talented Vancouver musician. Not so. His love for this type of music started back in high school when he discovered the genius of Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. But not everyone is familiar with this side of Paul … that of emotive singer-songwriter. That situation will soon change, with the release of Boxcar Campfire.

Paul Pigat’s latest CD is a collection of songs about love, heartbreak, and redemption; mostly self-penned tunes along with a handful of creatively arranged covers. At one end of the scale are light hearted ditties, and on the other, dark fantasies of the mind. Although laced with tasteful musicianship, this recording is a departure in the sense that the songs rather than the playing are the main feature.

Featured players on the recording include: Paul Pigat – vocals, guitar, dobro, and banjo; Paul Rigby (Neko Case) – mandolin; Tommy Babin (François Houle) – acoustic bass and Barry Mirochnick (Neko Case) – drums.
Through a lifetime dedication to live performance, recording and study he has developed into a superb instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and instructor, with a fondness for vintage guitars and amps. As well as headlining his own shows, Paul has appeared and/or recorded with Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Jim Byrnes, The Sojourners, Carolyn Mark, Ndidi Onukwulu, Michael Kaeshammer, Zubot and Dawson, CR Avery and many more.

Paul’s style is deeply rooted in the playing of Les Paul, Merle Travis, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, with a modern twist to create a style that is exhilarating in its intensity, at the same time both fluid and precise. His creative use of tone and dynamics is a hallmark of everything he plays. His superb talent as a guitarist is matched by his songwriting and his vocal abilities; a warm baritone equally at home singing flat-out rockers and or laid-back folk songs.

TRACK LISTING

1. Johnny’s Poorly
2. All Over Now
3. John Henry Part 2
4. Dig Me A Hole
5. Corn Liquor
6. Nowhere Town
7. Lonesome Whistle
8. Sweet Tooth
9. Troubled Mind
10. Papa Come Quick
11. Tortured
12. Storm Song
All songs by Paul Pigat except 1, 2, 7, 8 & 10.

REVIEWS

“There’s always a few players in any scene who are looked up to by the rest. Guitarist Pigat is one such figure. Besides burning up the six-strings in his band Cousin Harley, the Gretsch guitar-sponsored picker can unplug and amaze with his crooning folk songs. One of the most consistent and enjoyable local albums to come across my desk so far this year.”
— Stuart Derdeyn, The Province (Vancouver)

“The new disc is Pigat’s first recorded venture into singer-songwriter terrain, an acoustic-oriented effort that encompasses ragtime, blues, bluegrass and contemporary folk influences. It’s not entirely bereft of hot guitar solos, but it’s more about mood than fretboard gymnastics. The mood is at times surprisingly downbeat for someone who’s used to whipping audiences into a swing-band frenzy. (But) ...at times Boxcar Campfire sounds downright celebratory.”
— Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)

“Boxcar Campfire envisions a late night singalong around a campfire with Pigat commandeering the acoustic guitar. Pigat wrote most of the twelve tracks that range from the humourous and rowdy ‘Corn Liquor’ to the ... haunting ‘Nowhere Town’. Pigat ... discovered that ‘folk blues’ existed only as a term that blanketed a wide-ranging and subtle form. Understanding that, Pigat has made an album that is consistent with his other projects.”
— Tom Harrison, The Province (Vancouver)

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