Ellis Paul On Mountain Stage

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  • "Hurricane Angel"
  • "Once Upon a Summertime"
  • "Waking Up to Me"
  • "The World Ain't Slowin' Down"

Though Ellis Paul was raised in Maine, he's long been associated with the Boston songwriting circuit, performing alongside singers like Martin Sexton and John Gorka. (He now lives in Charlottesville, Va., where he's settled down to raise his family.) Paul has released 14 records in a career that has spanned two decades; his latest, this year's Dragonfly Races, is aimed toward children and their families.

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Paul begins his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage with a timely and topical ballad about Hurricane Katrina survivors called "Hurricane Angel." A live version of the song is available as a download with partial proceeds given to the Red Cross. The song itself mentions $3-per-gallon gasoline, a reference made bitterly amusing by the fact that gasoline was around $4 by the time Paul performed the song for his Mountain Stage audience.

His latest release is still in the works and due out early next year, but Paul previews two of its songs, "Once Upon a Summertime" and "Waking Up to Me," in this performance. He closes with "The World Ain't Slowin' Down," a song that had been featured in the Farrelly brothers' movie Me, Myself & Irene, starring Jim Carrey. The song has been recorded by country singer Jack Ingram for his latest release.

This segment originally ran Oct. 30, 2008.

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