Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

June 13, 2014

Music store owner releases 2nd CD

BARBOURSVILLE — It’s only appropriate that Paul Callicoat’s new CD is named “Trampled Flowers” after the song on the CD that laments the plight of the downtrodden.

“Trampled flowers are a metaphor for the pain and heartache in the world,” he said. “Some of my stuff tends to center on social injustice.”

Callicoat said he believes he has a duty to speak up about what he sees as wrong in the world. “‘Where good men are silent, evil will prevail,’” he said, paraphrasing a quote by Irish statesman Edmund Burke. “I have no complaints (about my life) but there are people who are way less fortunate than I am who need a voice.”

Then there are songs about life experiences, such as “Snake in the Basement,” which was inspired by finding a snake in the recording studio in the basement of his house.

Callicoat worked at the Pied Piper music store in Huntington for 23 years and now owns Route 60 Music in Barboursville with Mike McCord.

With 18 employees, 13 of whom are teachers, Route 60 Music offers lessons in guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, mandolin, drums, piano and voice, in addition to selling a variety of musical instruments, supplies and equipment. They also make repairs and sell sound systems and recording gear.

Owning a music store allows him to be connected to his lifelong passion: music.

“When I was 11 or 12, I was in Little League and the Bing Brothers were in Little League,” he said, referring to the old-time string band from West Virginia. “One night, I went home with them after the game and they showed me how to play ‘Secret Agent Man’ on the guitar and I was hooked,” he said.

“I went home and told my dad, ‘I want a guitar.’ Soon after that, I knew I wanted to be a musical and I have always pursued music, even if I did have a day job.”

He said he had a couple of guitar lessons but decided he could figure out the rest on his own.

He said he believes his music would be considered folk music or singer-songwriter but he prefers to let the listener decide what kind of music he makes.

“I love all types of good music,” he said.

While “Trampled Flowers” is his second solo CD, he has performed on other CDs and with many other local musicians on stage, including Rob McNurlin, who encouraged him to record his original songs, and Sasha Colette, both of whom are on his recording, as are Bob Shortridge, Tom Berry, Steve Barker, Rudy Rohr Mike Allen and many others.

“I’m fortunate to have a lot of good friends,” he said.

In the beginning of his music career, he said he was all about becoming a famous musician, but that’s not so now.

“I’m not chasing the dream of being a rock star,” he said. “It’s therapy for me, relating experiences in my life.

“Making something is a healing thing,” he continued. “When you create, you don’t have time to think about your troubles.”

“Trampled Flowers” can be heard at reverbnation.com. The CD is available at Route 60 Music.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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