Paul Michael Pawlaczyk: Gentle Blues Man
PHOENIXVILLE - Whether he
day time building decks, or playing his
beloved Fender guitars by night, Paul Michael Pawlaczyk
is driven by his
love of music, art and life.
A self-employed carpenter, Pawlaczyk
has been focusing his
efforts on promoting a benefit concert for The Clinic, located at 143 Church Street, Phoenixville.
"We have a date of June 27 that's set for now," he
and Muller arrived in Phoenixville in 1995, they both have been active in the artistic community.
"The artistic community has really come around here in Phoenixville," said Pawlaczyk
."When we first got here, it seemed rather dry.This is a safe place for artists to be and to develop."
Phoenixville is a long way from where Pawlaczyk
first discovered his
love of music.While growing up in Schenectady, New York, Pawlaczyk
involvement in music at age 12 was a saving grace for his
career."Music saved me from having to work at General Electric in Schenectady," he said.
first band in high school, The Tactics, were together for five years.
"We cut a record and we thought we'd be going places and making it big," he
...After studying music at the Art Institute in Boston and the Kansas City Art Institute, Pawlaczyk said he took a break from music to concentrate on his artistic talents."I was a graphic artist for close to 15 years," he said.
"I work at audio visual shows, along with premiering at art exhibits with some of my paintings."
eventually returned back to his
true passion with music.He's
performed locally at the Steel City Coffee House on two separate occasions and will be returning there on June 4.
"People who come to see me perform are those who know me or they know of my music from word of mouth," he
goes by the stage name "Paul Michael" after he
was introduced improperly at a show.
"I go by 'Paul Michael' because I was about to perform at The Point (in Bryn Mawr), and the guy who was going to introduce me asked me my name," he
said."I told him my name twice, and the guy said it along with me as well, and yet he
totally mispronounced it before I walked out on stage.He
totally brutalized it.That's why I dropped my last name.In fact, the shorter version fits nicer on promo posters."
music as a "kinder, gentler sort of blues," Pawlaczyk
background was that of the Beatles.
"My style was that of the 60s, the Beatles, but that disappeared in me. At some point, I like to approach things simply," he
Known to his
friends as "Fender Boy," Pawlaczyk
first Fender guitar, a Jazzmaster, in 1963.
"I still have the guitar," he