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Paul Band - History
Wes Paul Band was formed in 2006 whilst Wes Paul was still
running Cavern Showcase shows in The famous Cavern Club in
Liverpool. There a was requirement for a band to fill in or
enable quick replacement if a band was unable to play or an
extra band was used in the show. Wes Paul always ensured a
tight schedule by this method to enable the show to run to
smoothly. Various backing bands were used under this guise
and finally it was decided to adapt a local, well
established country band called Nashville for this purpose.
The band would also be used as a resident backing band for
artists or individual musicians who wanted to do a one off
Wes Paul gigged with "Nashville" on their usual gigs and
"Nashville" reciprocated by playing as Wes Paul's backing
band on weekly Cavern Showcase gigs. Eventually - The band
performed all "Cavern Showcase" gigs as "The Wes Paul Band".
During this time Becky Simpson had been organising "Rock and
Indie" gigs in Manchester as well as playing drums in a
Manchester based Indie band by the name of "Loose Canon"-She
had been involved in this Manchester Scene since 2001 (aged
15) and whilst still attending Manchester High School for
Becky an avid Elvis and Beatles fan had always dreamed of
performing at The Cavern and in 2006 attended The Mathew
Street Festival for the first time. Here, fate took a hand
when she met a fabulous Beatles/60s band called Flashback -
she quickly became a fan and followed them on their various
gigs... This led her to attend one of the "Cavern Showcases"
on 9th October, 2006... She was in the Cavern band room when
Wes Paul arrived for that evening's show. Wes Paul gave her
the opportunity to play The Cavern that night, see figure
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Becky Simpson playing Bass with The Wes Paul Band
for the first time at a Cavern Showcase show at the famous
Cavern Cub - 9th October 2006.
In February 2007, Wes asked Becky to join the
band full time, along with Paul Smiley Galvin on
lead guitar. Paul Galvin has been a lead guitarist in Liverpool
since the early 60s, playing in many bands including The Plassy Bags
and Nashville who he played with for over ten years. It was whilst
playing for Nashville that Paul and Wes first became friends.
Although they play with drummer Harry Starr in
England, he was unable to attend their American tour, so they used
local drummers wherever they went. Jason M Vawter played with them
in Memphis and Jackson, and other drummers included Shannon and Vitz.