Paula Boggs Band “King Brewster” – an old story that still resonates

Photo: Tom Reese

On ‘King Brewster‘ Paula Boggs relates a story that is drawn from her own ancestry – of a man who was enslaved, and emancipated but not really free in the full sense of the word.  The band are joined by Dom Flemons who trades verses with Boggs in telling the tale of her “daddy’s daddy’s daddy’s daddy.

Before coming to music fulltime Paula Boggs has had a varied life which would make for some story (she’s writing it): she served in the military for eight years as a queer Black woman, earning Airborne wings and a congressional appointment to the US Naval Academy, one of America’s first women to do so. She served as Chief Legal Officer, Executive Vice President, and Board Secretary at Starbucks from 2002 to 2012. She also served as Board Secretary for public radio station KEXP and is currently on board of video and audio company Avid Technology. Additionally she served on President Obama’s Committee on The Arts And Humanities (PCAH).  Busy.

King Brewster‘ comes from the album ‘Janus‘ which is out on April 1st – no fooling.


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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