HYMN TO HER is Paul McMahon’s tantric exploration of eros, spirit and life force energy. The beautiful sounds of Paul’s voice and guitar were captured by Dave Cook (B-52s, Elvis Costello, Charles Mingus, Natalie Merchant, Laurie Anderson) in an extensive project on one inch 4 track tape at a private studio in Woodstock which yielded seven of the songs. The other two -You’re My Guts (Ferenz Kallos -producer) and Beat the Bushes (Alejo! -producer) first appeared on MUSIC FOR CHANGING TIMES, the out of print 2008 sampler from WoodstockMusicWorks, which features 5 up and coming Woodstock acts.
IN THE PRESS
'Only Love Is'
"YOU'RE MY GUTS" - HYMN TO HER
LAST NIGHT I DREAMT I SAW JESUS (LIVE @ ECHO COUNTRY ROAD HOUSE)
- WOODSTOCK WINDMILLS
QUOTES AND PRESS
Haunted by clarity, he carries the circle. His voice contains the seed sound.
-Joseph 'Beautiful Painted Arrow' Rael
Paul McMahon is a brilliant example of listening to an inner voice and having the courage to express it.
-Caecile 'Zolena' Carlsen
Paul has written some of the most beautiful love songs of our times and he can sing them with tenderness, passion and humor. He is simply one of my favorite singers and songwriters and performers alive today. Without Paul McMhaon's songs in my life the world would really be a dark and difficult place. -Sharon Gannon
"…the genre-bending Woodstock-based songwriter is a bad**s m**********r. You'll catch whiffs of rural blues, Dylan-esque long-form narrative, deft fingerstyle folk, garage rock, chant, crooner pop, punk, maybe even some madrigal, all of it fully digested and now apparent only as traces in an original, mature voice....McMahon is his own poly-genre.. someone for whom music is a spiritual pursuit, not so much in his content as in his poised trust in the ongoing good will and bottomless resources of the muse."
- John Burdick Blues For The Muse HUDSON VALLEY ALMANAC
"Paul is easily the most non-derivative artist in existence -refusing to pander to commercial dictates, good taste or even BAD taste, he is at home with bullies as well as children, of all sexes, in all functions and is on the correct side of not being annoying in the midst of any of it."
- Dakota Lane WOODSTOCK TIMES
A survivor of the No Wave scene, Paul grew up at the Club 47 at the feet of Jim Kweskin, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf.
He took guitar lessons from Elvin Bishop, was roommates with Chris Smither and has been on the bill with Michael Hurley 3 times. He played in Daily Life with Glenn Branca, Barbara Ess and Christine Hahn. He also played in Branca’s first all guitar compositions and started A Band with Wharton Tiers.
He helped open the Knitting Factory, started the Dharmaware Café acoustic venue and now operates the Mothership in Woodstock. He has 10 albums of original songs. In a review of HYMN TO HER John Burdick called him “a bad_ss m__________r”. A recording engineer named a child after one of his songs. He believes his music, live and recorded, can be part of the healing process of everything.