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February 27, 2014

Troubadour Paul headed to Crossroads Coffeehouse

Ellis Paul, one of the most respected singer-songwriters in American's folk world, will be performing with Austin singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe at Crossroads Coffeehouse in North Andover on Saturday, March 8.

This show will be a preview of Paul's new record and songs from his more than 20-year career, which was launched out of the Boston open mike scene.

Heavily influenced by the folk stylings of Woody Guthrie, some have said Paul has successfully bridged the gap between traditional and modern folk music. He has gone on to win numerous awards, including an unprecedented 15 Boston Music Awards and his songs are frequently featured in numerous TV shows as well as several Hollywood films such as "Me, Myself and Irene," "Hall Pass" and "Shallow Hal."

Paul just finished recording his next studio album in Atlanta, Charlottesville and Boston to be released next month. Kristian Bush, half of the Grammy-award winning Sugarland duo, produced the project. For the second time, the release is completely funded by fans, who raised more than $100,000, with 600-plus donors all from his e-mail list.

Loebe opens the show. She has been working as a full-time touring musician in the U.S. Next month, she heads to Europe and Japan. In 2011, she was cast in the first U.S. season of "The Voice," during which she performed her own arrangement of Nirvana's "Come As You Are," which was seen by more than 12 million viewers.

In 2012, she released a new album, "Circus Heart." Most recently, she has been touring extensively with Paul.

Next week's show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Crossroads Coffeehouse is in North Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 978-687-3960 or visit http://www.crossroads-coffeehouse.org.

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