Paddy Wells has been singing and playing harmonica for almost three decades. 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 is currently a member of the long-running and highly regarded band, Crosscut Saw, bringing his unique sound to their hard-driving, rootsy blues. He conducts session work with various musicians, and appeared on Dave Hanson’s latest album, Almost Horizontal.
Paddy has performed in the clubs of Chicago and Austin, been a special guest at the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale MS, and currently resides in New Orleans.
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 magazine, in various US publications including Offbeat magazine and extensively across the web. He was online editor of bluesandsoulshow.com from 2014-16.