I wanted to revisit this post today because it was just announced the the album won the Independent Music Awards award for Best Alt-Country Album Of 2010 and I felt that should earn it a rerun for those that missed it the first time. One time I said something about Possessed By Paul James and I feel this would be a good time to quote it, “a lot of people won’t get Possessed By Paul James but those that do will have found a musician who’s albums they’ll be listening to for years to come and that’s a special thing.”

Congragulations to Konrad and all the Hillgrass Bluebilly folks.

The last time I wrote about Possessed By Paul James I was relatively sure no one outside of my little Deep Blues circle had any idea who he was. Flash forward a couple of years and a stint on the last Revival Tour, and people on my circle have at least heard of him and a few lucky ones have seen him live.

Possessed By Paul James is one Mr. Konrad Wert, currently living in Texas but hailing from my home state of Florida. His past two albums, Possessed By Paul James and Cold and Blind, coupled with his live shows have garnered him a cult following as rabid as any, and one I am proud to call myself a part of. That said, the albums have also fallen into the “love ‘em or hate ‘em” category. It’s an issue I can relate to because for the longest time I loved Cold and Blind but found Possessed By Paul James utterly unlistenable. That was, until I managed to catch him live 2 times at the Deep Blues Festival 3 years ago.

Konrad is best understood if you’ve seen him live, that’s an undeniable fact, but it’s become less of a requirement with each album, and now with Feed The Family I think he’s managed to make an album accessible enough that the live show isn’t a requirement for those with a slightly more confined musical palate. Feed the Family captures everything that makes Possessed By Paul James great without spending too much time in that challenging area that requires knowing him live to be able to truly “get it”

So, what does that get you? For long time fans, the stomps, vocal quakes and yelps are still present. For the potential newly indoctrinated (slash Konard live virgins), said stomps, vocal quakes and yelps are mixed more into the background, with Konrad’s picking and passion out front for display. The results are a surprisingly restrained sound that manages to capture the immediate and passionate nature of Konrad’s music. I think with all that said, it’s clear that this is seriously some Essential Listening. If you’ve heard PBPJ before and didn’t like it, listen again ‘cause this is easily the best album he’s recorded to date, as well as a done deal for a slot on the 9B Top 10 of the 2k10.

Possessed By Paul James – Feed The Family
Possessed By Paul James – Shoulda’ Known Better
Possessed By Paul James – Color Of My Bloody Nose

Possessed By Paul James’ official site, Possessed By Paul James on myspace, Buy Feed The Family


  1. On my list for the top 10 of my life albums. Feed The Family hasn’t been out too long, and I am already about due for another copy as mine is torn and tattered. And yes…one of the finest live performances you will ever see. So glad it won the award. Kudos. Nice write up.

  2. One of the most impressive and original musicians I’ve ever heard. Just amazing. I love his records, all of them.

  3. Man, he kicks ass…can’t wait to see him live in Colorado Springs in a couple weeks! He told me his latest album should be coming out on vinyl on Suburban Home…can’t wait!!

  4. Konrad, congrats! Amazing live show to be certain, I’m lucky enough to have seen him twice, sittin right in front of his suitcase bass drum both times. Nicest guy you could meet as well. Cant wait to get my hands on this album, cold and blind has become rather huge here in lawrence ks.

  5. A beautiful girl recently turned me onto “Feed the Family” and I have since devoured the rest of PPJ’s music. It truly is the real f’n deal.

    So despite losin’ out on the girl, I take some comfort in this damn amazing music I’m left with… perfect tunes for finishing this bottle of Jameson.

    And Konrad, I’m hopin’ you bring your music to Alaska someday soon.

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