Song Premiere: Possessed by Paul James — “Sweet But Bitter Life”

Juli Thanki | October 10th, 2013

konradFor ten months of the year, the one-man band Possessed by Paul James is Mr. Wert, a Life Skills teacher at an elementary school in Bourne, Texas. Wert, a captivating live performer and recent recipient of the ExCEL Award for his work with developmentally disabled students, draws from country, blues, folk, and a bit of punk in his music.

Possessed by Paul James’ forthcoming album, There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely, is due out October 29 on Hillgrass Bluebilly Records. With Wert’s engaging songwriting on tracks like “38-Year Old Cocktail Waitress”  and guest appearances from Lloyd Maines and Weary Boys Darren Sluyter and Cary Ozanian, Nights is a solid Americana record; fans of singer-songwriters like William Elliott Whitmore or Austin Lucas might want to check this one out.

This morning, we’re glad to premiere a track from that album,  “Sweet But Bitter Life.”

  1. Both Kinds of Music
    October 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Great song. Thanks for the intro.

  2. Robert Gray
    October 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Great song! Can’t wait for the album! We hope to see you in Pittsburgh sometime!

  3. Konrad Wert
    October 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Juli thanks very much. All the best.

  4. pancho folk
    October 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    salud!! muchas surtte en todo amigo mio desde chile latinoamerica :)

  5. Barbra Graber
    October 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful song, Konrad. And James certainly fills it with the right sound and fury. I’ve forwarded it to many. What is the rest of the line “we’re just a bunch of babies…..?” can’t make out the second part..and I love the first part. Congratulations.

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