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  • The Paul Turnipseed Trio

    Rhythm-based and groove-oriented
  • When guitarist and singer Paul Turnipseed arrived in Southern Oregon, he immediately got plugged into the local music scene, bringing his New Orleans flavor to an already diverse musical community.
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      What: The Paul Turnipseed Trio
      When: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9
      Where: The Playwright Public House, 258 A St. Ashland
      Admission: Free
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      If you go
      What: The Paul Turnipseed Trio

      When: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9

      Where: The Playwright Public House, 258 A St. Ashland

      Admission: Free
  • When guitarist and singer Paul Turnipseed arrived in Southern Oregon, he immediately got plugged into the local music scene, bringing his New Orleans flavor to an already diverse musical community.
    Turnipseed moved to Medford in December 2012 after 10 years living and performing in Mexico when he wasn't gigging in New Orleans.
    "I have a 20-month-old daughter and I'm here to be a dad basically," said Turnipseed. "All this other stuff is incidental, but it's cool, too."
    The guitarist performs solo and in bands such as LOVEBITE and Spawn of Satin. Every other Monday he plays with his trio, rounded out by Mike Fitch on drums and Jeff Addicott on bass, at the Playwright Public House in Ashland.
    "I met Jeff at a Dave Scoggins jam session where I met a whole pile of musicians that I did end up playing with," said Turnipseed. "I've played with so many people that I met that evening."
    Together they play an eclectic set of cover tunes with influences of jazz and blues that are heavily rhythm-based and groove-oriented, said Turnipseed.
    The regular Monday night gigs alternate with performances by Cyd Smith, who asked Turnipseed to perform every Monday she didn't play.
    "So I had a gig and I had to get a band, and these were the guys I picked," said Turnipseed.
    After meeting Addicott, who also plays with a number of local bands, earlier in the year, Turnipseed heard through the grapevine about Mike Fitch, a drummer who came highly recommended.
    "I had people recommend Paul, too," said Fitch, "and then we became Facebook friends and he told me about this gig. I heard so much about him I figured it was safe to say yes."
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