41 – Possessed By Paul James talks his early upbringing, teaching, and how music is just a hobby for him.

Konrad Wert of Possessed By Paul James!

Damian and Konrad Wert of Possessed By Paul James, are goofy bastards!

In 2011, I found myself touring with Drag The River and Austin Lucas. We worked our way across the midwest and down south to the almighty South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. I don’t recall much about our first night in Austin, as many adult beverages were consumed throughout the day, to cool off from the Texas heat. What I do remember is a one man machine taking the stage and closing out the night. That man was Konrad Wert, otherwise known as Possessed By Paul James.

A few weeks later, I was fortunate enough to have booked Konrad as the support act for CHUCK RAGAN, of Hot Water Music fame; in the best show I have ever hosted as a music promoter. That show was what influenced me to leave the Triple Nickel for the larger pond of managing The Black Sheep. As assistant Manager of The Black Sheep, I found myself with much less responsibilities than my previous job as promoter of the Nickel. In my boredom this podcast was born. It all goes full circle!

Konrad returned to the Triple Nickel just days ago, on Thursday July 11th. He was kind enough to sit down and talk with me in the moments before he took the stage. I had been fascinated with his early upbringing in the Menonite Church, and we talked heavily about his strict upbringing and what kind of influences it made on his person. We also talked his career choice to become a elementary school teacher, his early memories of music and the importance of family! We could have talked all night long, if we wanted! Konrad took the stage and gave us all a show to be remember! (You can download an MP3 of the show in the links below!)

Songs on this week’s episode include “Take Off Your Mask”  from Feed Your Family, released in 2010 on Hillgrass Bluebilly Records. This episode also includes the songs, “Should Have Known Better” and “Color of My Bloody Nose,” which were played LIVE that night at the Triple Nickel Tavern.
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