Paddy Wells has been playing harmonica since getting hooked on the instrument some three decades ago. With influences ranging from Sonny Boy Williamson and Paul Butterfield to William Clarke and Mitch Kashmar, he’s been described as an original and powerful player with ‘great tone and musicality’.
During seven years as frontman of Leeds-based Chicago blues band Poorboy, he’s appeared at most of the major blues festivals in the UK and supported the likes of Paul Jones, Mick Ralphs and Mud Morganfield. Poorboy’s recordings have been aired widely on radio stations across Europe.
Paddy also spent three years as a member of the long-running and highly regarded band Crosscut Saw, bringing his unique sound to their hard-driving, rootsy blues. He has performed in the clubs of Chicago and Austin, as well as the legendary Red's juke joint and world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
He recently spent a year living and gigging in New Orleans, which saw him play alongside an array of blues luminaries including Jason Ricci, Big Al and the Heavyweights, Johnny Mastro, Billy Gibson, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Smoky Greenwell and others.
He is also a freelance music journalist specialising in rock, country and blues. He was a regular contributor to The Blues magazine, featuring in every issue during its four-year run. His reviews, articles and interviews have been published in Classic Rock, Mojo, Planet Rock, Vintage Rock, Country Music, Offbeat Magazine and extensively across the web. He was online editor of bluesandsoulshow.com from 2014-16.
Paddy is currently writing a fully authorised biography of Jason Ricci, due for completion in 2021.