b. Paul Kopasz, USA. Kopasz won a debating scholarship to Kentucky University in 1981. Following a fallow period dominated by an increasing reliance on drugs and crime, he issued his first songs on cassette in 1983. He has not stopped since - estimating his total output at over 1, 000 songs by the mid-90s. However, it was only in the late 80s that the singer-songwriter finally broke his heroin dependency, partially through his conversion to Christianity. Free from chemicals, his energies were profitably transferred to his muse, as he wrote an incredible five albumsâ€™ worth of material in a 14-month period. His work for labels including Homestead, Fiasco and MMG Records produced a succession of highly literate albums, many inspired by pulp fiction authors such as Jim Thompson. 1995â€™s Achilles Heel was the first Paul K. album to be recorded in a single session, again featured his backing band the Weathermen. The presence of these additional musicians was made financially viable through Kopaszâ€™s publishing royalties (several artists including the Afghan Whigs have recorded covers of his songs). Achilles Heel featured familiar Kopasz subjects such as economic injustice (â€˜Add Up The Billsâ€™) as well as a cover version of Townes Van Zandtâ€™s â€˜Tecumseh Valleyâ€™, an artist with whom he has often been compared.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
© 2014 Rovi Corporation.