Blues in your veins, rock in your skin. Paul Personne, behind his warm and rocky timbre, makes his Gibson rumble to give voice to his blows. His obsession: to depict with energy and clatter a stumbling world.
He has no tongue in his pocket, Paul Personne. On stage, his old-fashioned rocker look sets the tone. Introverted in life, thundering on stage, he is clearly not the type to hide his ideas or disguise them under incomprehensible metaphors. Paul Personne, a bit disillusioned by the greed and arrogance of others, prefers to go straight to the point and draw his raw energy in a melancholy tone.
A ball of nerves with a goldsmith's technique, it is no coincidence that this virtuoso, capable of sending the aberrations of the world to the strings, has seduced the greats of France. Johnny Hallyday made him his battle companion, Hubert Félix Thiéfaine, his accomplice. Because nobody plays like nobody else. Every word is a punch on the table, every note a fight tooth and nail against a society in perdition. He scrapes with normality and sulks at technology, preferring languorous ballads to diffuse sadness and sincere casualness.
Welcome to his dark and solar world. This lover of Éric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and BB King has aplomb. He gives contrast to his light pessimism, he scribbles his disillusions and, above all, he doesn't give a damn about money, light and glitter. Because only one thing matters to Paul Personne: his freedom to be and to do, to say and to sing. Incorruptible in the soul, he is thus the image of his music: direct like rock, robust like the blues.
When he was young, his parents had given him an accordion, bought second-hand from the local baker. Yet, Paul Nobody will do anything with it. His own dada carries six strings: it's the guitar. After doing his scales on the stages of the Paris region, he set up the Bracos Band. But it is difficult to make the voice of the Blues heard in a sea of punk with British accents.
He moves against the current, always with a Blues with rock ink. But this time the bet is won. By opting for French lyrics, Paul Personne manages to get out of the row for a few weeks with the release of Faut qu'ça bouge, his first album. Unfortunately, everything fell back, until that day in 1983, when the musician made his mark on the scene during a stint on Nicoletta's show. The machine starts!
After difficult years, marked by a family tragedy and a few artist's galleys, Paul Personne takes things in hand again. Now recognized in the milieu, he confirms his talent with the release of the excellent record La Chance. His tour is a success. He will even collaborate with Johnny Hallyday and Eddy Mitchell, his heroes and friends.
It is perhaps the most beautiful album of his discography. With Funambule, Paul Personne plays daringly to deplore the injustices and aberrations of the contemporary world. A winning comeback that Rolling Stone magazine will not fail to salute. "The French blues-rock landscape was missing", the journalist acknowledges.
Great concert. Three hours of blues, always blues... A surprising concert with an eclectic selection of his classics. Accompanied by excellent musicians, the Master regaled us with his exceptional know-how. Thank you again for this fabulous concert.
You only have to look at who he collaborated with to understand what a great man Paul Personne is of the French blues and rock scene. His creativity, sincerity and nonchalance have allowed him to build a very special universe, in which the silhouettes of artists such as Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell or Hubert Félix Thiéfaine are all mixed together. All of them have, at one time or another, called upon the talent of this guitarist with a rocky voice. So on stage, let's just say it's a real head-spinner!
Paul Personne, with his faithful Gibson, plays a balancing act with feelings and the world around him. In this way, the bluesman does not escape the evils of the world. In his French lyrics, interpreted in a rocky voice, he denounces a world out of breath.
If there's a French rocker, it's him. Paul Personne returns with a new record, an attempt to survive in a hostile environment. But it is especially on stage that you should see the bluesman with the rocky tone, whose guitar playing, for more than forty years, continues to make emulators.