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Check out the EP While You Wait For New Music
New stuff will be out soon enough. Until then, check out the Bryan Paul Bell EP. I've included two of my favorite tracks from it below.
The first track, Devil's Gotta Dance, has been included in some TV shows including Showtime's series Californication and The Vampire Diaries.
Bryan Paul Bell
Bryan learned to play on a stolen guitar. He had wanted a guitar for as long as he could remember but his family didn’t have the money. They were homeless; living in an old Ford panel truck.
Bryan's dad saw the guitar sitting in front of a closed thrift store donation center; someone had left it as a donation. “We’re just cutting out the middleman.” That was how his father justified it as he threw the beat up guitar into the truck.
Jumping ahead, after graduating from college, Bryan formed a band with a friend. He came up with the band name on a camping trip. As he went to light a barbecue, he looked at the box of matches and the name jumped out at him: Large Wooden Matches.
Bryan had been writing songs for a decade when he put the group together, so they had material ready to go. At first, the execution and performance of that material… well, it sucked. Somehow they landed gigs anyway. In fact, in the middle of one of their first performances, their P.A. was unplugged by the event planner and they were forced to grab their equipment and leave.
Over the months and years they improved and eventually, started gigging regularly in the bars around Bakersfield. As a group that only played Bryan’s original music, it was no small feat to become regulars at clubs that normally relied on cover bands to entertain the crowd.
The group also started playing shows throughout Central and Southern California.
They recorded an album, 13 Simple Songs. Having scrapped together as much money as they could, they were able to buy ten hours of time at a studio built by country music legend Buck Owens. The large sound booth allowed them to record together as a group. The songs on the album were recorded and mixed in that brief ten hours.
At times, you can tell the album was a rush-job, but it ended up sounding surprisingly good, due in large part to the efforts of Max Reese. Max was the engineer on several early Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers records. He had returned to his home town and decided to work at the studio. Large Wooden Matches effectively won the engineer lottery benefiting from his huge talent without what would have been the hefty price tag for his services.
Shortly after finishing the album, Bryan was in a major, high-speed, head-on collision. He somehow emerged with no lasting injuries and decided life was too short. He was ready to move on from Bakersfield and so, with no real plan to speak of, packed up and moved to Southern California.
Getting his band to come down over the mountains to L.A. was a challenge. But they did make the trek and the band started performing in clubs and bars around L.A.. Soon enough, the group got tired of the journey down. It disbanded and Bryan decided it was time to go solo.
He began indulging his interest in music production and, overtime, assembled enough gear and experience to track his own music. His EP, Bryan Paul Bell, is the result of those efforts. It was a mixture of tracks he recorded in his home studio and at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles.
Devil’s Gotta Dance is a standout track on that effort. It is the only track he recorded completely in his home studio. That song can be heard in several TV shows and continues to be his most popular.
Bryan now lives in Belmont Shore, California; a small community on the coast in Long Beach. He continues to write and record his original material.