Paul Geremia

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

21 April 1944, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Like his contemporary Roy Book Binder, Geremia has spent a long and fruitful career out of the spotlight, playing the college circuit, small clubs and folk festivals. He was initially influenced by folk artists and took up the harmonica before learning the guitar. Attending the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, he saw bluesmen such as Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Robert Pete Williams, and as a result took up blues-playing as a full-time career. While being particularly known for the authenticity of his Piedmont guitar techniques, Geremia has a comprehensive knowledge of most regional styles. His albums, mostly for smaller specialist labels, have appeared infrequently since 1968 and serve to illustrate his skill. In the 90s and into the new millennium he was more prolific, and his recent recordings are excellent examples of folk-blues played with modern recording technique and experience.

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