Paula & the Pontiacs

Paula and the Pontiacs is a New Orleans band which will take you on a joy ride with some "gut-bucket" Blues, classic R&B, and soulful originals. The band is fronted by Paula Rangell (its originator since its inception in 1978). Paula is a small, pretty, power packed woman who wails on the alto saxophone, harmonica and lead vocals. Living Blues Magazine says "Rangell is a fine instrumentalist and, more importantly, an effective vocalist who has her timing and delivery down". The band consists of a great lineup of Louisiana musicians. Paula Rangell grew up studying classical music on the clarinet at the age of seven. At 14, she picked up the harmonica with a growing love of the Blues. This love of the Blues and Jazz prompted the evolution of Paula as a saxophone player. Her instrumental influences range from the funky grooves of Lee Allen and King Curtis to the brilliant jazz of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Little Walter and Jimmy Reed were very influential on her harmonica playing. Vocal inspirations were Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Dina Washington and Ruth Brown to name a few.

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