Paul Cauthen traces his country roots to his childhood in Tyler, Texas. When he was young, his grandfather gave him a guitar. But, as with many artists, Cauthen’s first song was born of sadness.
“When my grandfather died when I was 10 years old, I sat on the back porch with the guitar he gave me and I wrote my first song. I wanted to get over pain. It has a mourning, longing kind of tone”, Cauthen says.
Cauthen’s new album, “Have Mercy,” blends his religious background with his positive outlook on life, based on his personal and artistic growth through the years.
All of the songs on the album are intended to give fans the feeling of a live show.
“A lot of these songs are tunes we’ve been playing live and fans have been asking about for a while”, Cauthen says. “I believe the whole purpose of putting out a record is so that people can have a little bit of that concert experience back at home”.
Cauthen says he felt as if he were meant to be a musician.
“We need to find what our avenue is and if we’re lucky enough to find it, dominate it and give it your all. I feel like I was just one of the lucky ones to know what my trait was”, he says.
Written by Manu Schneider.