Bio

Paul “Pappy” Middleton

 

Early 1950′s:  I snuck in while my pop was playing the piano,… he was playing a New Orleans “Fats Dominoe” style tune (left hand walking bass line),…and I asked him what ‘that’ was.  He smiled as he kept playing, “It’s the boogie son,…don’t let it get ya.” ……….  too late,…I was nailed already.

1957:  My granddad gave me a dollar for my 11th birthday, which I used to buy my first 45 rpm (the big hole) record…Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”.  Between my two older brothers’ “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel” (Elvis-78 rpm record) and my sister’s “Jim Dandy To the Rescue” (sorry Mom), I was able to squeeze in a couple of thousand plays of Jerry Lee (sorry Mom).  I guess my fate was sealed, the next record I bought was “Great Balls of Fire”….yep,…Jerry Lee.

1963: Our first high school band was called “The Red Eyes”.  Our school principal tried to ban us from using the name (he had no appreciation for “La Luna”).  Our first recording session was in Ft. Worth at KXOL radio’s 4-track recording studio. We were a Kink’s type of band, that came out sounding like a country band. My first lesson in why I needed to be an engineer as well as a musician.  Went on to play with other great fun area bands: The Images, The Bards, Peter’s Rabbits, and Rainwater….ah, the 60’s.

1964: Graduated from high school, attended the U. of Texas in Austin, on a tryout scholarship in basketball. I broke my ankle in preseason, lost my chance at a  scholarship, and then worked my way through the next four years of college, by playing coffee houses and frat gigs, and apprenticing myself to local recording studios around Austin, Dallas and Ft. Worth.

1968: Was drafted out of college my senior year by the U.S. Army, and “Tricky Dick”.

1970: Returned home, went back to school at the U. of Texas in Arlington, and studied music (in school) and live sound reinforcement (on the street).

1972: Started my own sound company, Jubilation Sound, and within a year, had rental sound systems in most every venue in Dallas (Mother Blues, Gerties, the Electric Ballroom,Travis Street Electric Co., Cardi’s, The Ritz, Sneakie Pete’s, etc.)

1973:  Became a “true pappy”,… baby Rachel was born,…(a baby girl, …wow, ………    love you sis)….what a year this was to be.  Was asked to join a 3-piece band called Blackhorse, and I’m very proud to say, for the next ten years we were a Texas boogie-jam-band institution. I played bass and produced all of the bands recordings. Through the course of the next ten years, I worked at, or, did sessions at most every studio in Dallas and Ft. Worth. Besides studio sessions, I did live shows on my company sound system for Willie Nelson, Rush, Tanya Tucker, Asleep at the Wheel, Jimmie Buffet, Jim Croce, B. W. Stevenson, Rusty Weir, and numerous others.

1979: Act 2 of “Daddyhood”, baby Jake popped at 9:19, 9/19/1979. His first night home, he slept all the way through the night, what a kid.

1980:  The (self) release of the “Blackhorse” (record) album……

 

1983: I became a partner at Buford Jones’ Trax Recording Studio in Dallas. (Buford is one of the most respected engineers in the business, having mixed Pink Floyd’s last live album and their two and one-half year tour,’88- 90, and numerous other acts such as:  Eric Clapton, James Taylor, George Harrison, Z Z Top, Jackson Browne, Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt, David Bowie, Don Henley, etc.)  I would have to say that Buford is my mentor. He currently travels the planet giving highly attended live sound seminars for Meyer Sound International.

1984: Went to work mixing Julio Iglesias’ world tours for the next four years.  Had the dubious distinction of tossing (a number of times) a very young Enrique (good kid) into the pool, at his dad’s home in Miami during an end of tour party.  Great party, considering that we had just returned from 3 months in South America on the “sleep is for wimps tour”.  While doing album projects during our down time from the tours, I assisted Buford on Mark O’Conner’s highly acclaimed 1st solo album.

1986: Went to work and am still working for Bonnie Raitt.

1987: Mixed a tour for Kenny G.

1992: Mixed a tour for John Prine, along with Bonnie (this was a great one).

1993: Mixed a year long wacky and wonderful world tour for Chris Isaak.“ixnay baby,…ixnay”

1996: Mixed front of house position during the recording of Bonnie’s two C.D. live album tour (which included Brian Adams, Jackson Browne, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Bruce Hornsby, and Kim Wilson(T-Birds).

Pappy,  Producer-Don Was,  & Engineer Ed Cherney  Tailgatin’ Dave Hewitt’s mobile recording truck.

 

Recorded and mixed #1 selling Tejano recording artist Shelly Lares, along with guest artists Vince Gill and Andrea Zonn.

 


 

Produced and recorded (along with good friend Tim Grugle), …and played bass on “The Texacali Tapes” with world renouned guitarists Rusty Burns (Point Blank), and Andy Timmons, along with drummer Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Whitesnake, Zappa), and vocalist John O’Daniel (Point Blank),…with our lovely friend Maria Muldaur sittin’ in. We jammed and wrote for 8 days, went into the studio for the weekend….etc, etc.


1997: Mixed leading Christian Contemporary artist Steven Curtis Chapman, on his year long world tour.

1999: Mixed the “Bleeding Hearts” Tour-Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby, Jackson Browne, and David Lindley, and band.  It just doesn’t get any better than this,…3 and 1/2 hours of the best of all these remarkable people together.  I am still truly in awe that I got the nod for this one, it was the most fun with the “best of the best”.  Thank you so much, everyone,…especially Sid Rosen, agent to the stars.

 



 

2002:  I had another of the greatest pleasures that a parent can have and that is to work with your children.  My daughter Rachel, and I, have only worked together on tour once, but I watched her start from the bottom (working for free at a local lighting company in Austin, while she was in school at U.T.,…to applying, getting, and moving to a job in Nashville with Light and Sound Design (one of the world’s largest and most prestigious concert lighting companies), …to being awarded a Platinum Album for her work on the “Janet Jackson World Tour” (the largest stadium tour of the year)…, and all in her first 3 years of being in the business.  Her younger brother, Jake(all 6’6” of him), and I, got to spend 3 months on the road (tour busing), working the Bonnie and Lyle Lovett tour together.  He now works for Syncro-Lites of Dallas, and is the proud daddy (I know the feelin’) of a four year old “little turbo” son named Ian.  Needless to say, their mother and I are extremely proud of our two “tummy thumpers”.




2003-and on:  When I am on the road, I still mix on “my” Schubert Systems’ (thanks Dirk) custom analog Gamble EX console (thanks Jim), for a slide guitar ‘rippin’, voice from the “Heart” Redhead (thanks Bon).  Through these years, I have gotten to work with and/or tour with the “Rolling Stones”, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, David Lindley, Z Z Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Huey Lewis and The News, The ‘Most Marvelous’ Ruth Brown, ‘His Honorable’ Charles Brown,The Jefferson Starship, Little Feat, Neil Young, Chris Isaak, Willy Nelson, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Prine, Keb Mo, and so many many more of my heros.  When I get home to the “Neve” console, I get to record and play with the most talented and creative people that I could ever imagine working with.  I have been truly blessed.  To all of those who have been apart of this wonderful journey and may be apart of what’s left to come, I thank you with all of my heart.

The Gamble & me w/the Stones              Lyle’s singers:  Sweet Pea, Ray,Francine, and Arnold

 

Keb Mo                                                                Queen Sara and “da boys”-Lilith Fair

 

And especially to my family, there has never been a moment in my life that you were absent from my heart, I love you dearly.


Other Engineering, Mixing, Production Credits, and Journey Highlights:

 

Saturday Night Live

 

Thanks, Jay

 

The Grammy’s Award Shows (New York and L. A.)

Johnnie Carson-The Tonight Show

The David Letterman Show

Pap, Michael, & Harvey-Letterman

 

The Jay Leno Show

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Morning Show-CBS

Good Morning America-ABC

The Today Show-NBC

The Chevy Chase Show

Donahue

 



The Cross Country Show (Nashville) w/Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt


Wembley Stadium(3 days-sold out-135,000 per day)w/Eric Clapton & Elton John

Another day at the Office

Red Rocks Amphitheater

(thank goodness, many times for many years)

 

Lilith Fair

Farm Aid

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The Montreux Jazz Festival(Switzerland)

The Creation Festival

The Glastonbury Festival-England

 



 

Glastonbury is the largest festival in the world.

The World (WOMAD) Music Festival-Seattle

The Byron Bay Blues and Jazz Festival-Australia

Command Performance for the Queen-London

Command Performance for President Reagan

The 1997 Presidential Inauguration (Clinton)

The Dove (Gospel Music) Awards

BBC- The Jules Holland Show,The Top of the Pops, The Wogan Show

The VH-1 Honors Show

Solid Gold