LIVE: Backstage With Paula Cole @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 2/23/12

March 9th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Paula Cole

Paula Cole

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Billed as a “Concert and Conversation” with singer-pianist-composer Paula Cole, the uninterrupted two-hour-and-10-minute evening on stageset featured a question-and-answer segment smack in the middle of the program.

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LIVE: Paula Cole @ River Street Festival, 6/19/10

June 24th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Greg

Paula Cole

Paula Cole

It was a hot day on Saturday – so hot that Erin Harkes’ set was interrupted by a woman in need of emergency medical assistance due to the heat and sun. (Harkes’ Celtic rock finale – complete with a guest piper – was worth the wait.)

And alt-pop singer-songwriter Paula Cole turned up the heat a couple of more degrees with a passionate, smoldering, 85-minute set to wrap up the 2010 River Street Festival in Troy last Saturday.

Her compact band – just drummer Tony Mason and sublime guitarist Ben Butler – sounded much bigger than they were on nuggets like the opening “Comin’ Down” and the empowering “Watch the Woman’s Hands,” Cole’s magnificent voice was even bigger still.

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Paula Cole, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

June 16th, 2010, 1:15 pm by Greg

Paula Cole“The first album that I remember being given to me was a John Denver record. And I listened to it all the time.

But when I was growing up, we didn’t have very many records around the house. My parents made so much music at home, and so most of my earliest musical experiences were from a live situation rather than recordings. It was very old-fashioned in a way, kind of turn of the century parlor music where we’d sit around and play songs after supper.

My parents did have one or two Dolly Parton albums that I really liked. And Buck Owens and Simon & Garfunkel.

But I didn’t start buying albums until I was in high school, and then I remember buying ‘Synchronicity’ and Eurythmics. When Eurythmics came out, I immediately fell in love with them. I identified so much Annie Lennox’s voice. It’s such a strong voice, but at the same time, it’s lush and gorgeous. It definitely isn’t a little girl voice. I’ve always been drawn to nice fat timbres, you know?”

Singer-songwriter Paula Cole headlines the annual River Street Festival on River Street in Troy on Saturday. The festival runs from 10am-6pm Saturday, and Cole is slated to take the stage at 4:40pm. Admission is free.

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