June 20 ~ Soule Monde (Burlington, VT)
(featuring Ray Paczkowski & Russ Lawton from the Trey Anastasio Band)
Two of Burlington’s perennially beloved musicians (over the past fifteen years) are hell bent on funking their way to worldwide infamy. Russ Lawton was first put on the VT map in 1998 as a member of Trey Anastasio’s one-off band, Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes.
Ray Paczkowski joined up in 2002, and ever since Russ and Ray have been key components of the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB).
Soule Monde (pronounced SO-lay MON-day) is Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton long time members of the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB). The name is inspired by Lawton's middle name (Soule) and Paczkowsk's first name (Raymond) and is purportedly a Haitian Creole term, loosely translated, meaning "smashed world." Lawton has been a member of TAB since its inception in 1998. What started as one-off gig to celebrate the opening of Higher Ground in Vermont, has turned into a lasting collaboration. Lawton is credited with co-writing several songs with Trey that made their way onto Phish’s 2000 album, Farmhouse including, among others, Gotta Jiboo, Sand, and Grammy-Nominated First Tube. Lawton also played drums for the independent films Left Hand Path, Mud Season, and Mike Gordon's Outside Out. Paczkowski has played in every iteration the Trey Anastasio Band since he was added on keyboards in 2001. Trey discovered Ray acting as the cornerstone to another great Vermont band Viperhouse. Ray was also invited to join Trey to tour with Dave Matthews and Friends and subsequently opened up for The Rolling Stones. Soule Monde's eponymous debut CD was released in November of 2012. All eight groove-laden tracks originated as improvisational jams, came together as finished compositions in the studio titled and were named after important or influential musicians in Ray and Russ' lives.
Paczkowski demonstrates a thorough understanding of players like Jimmy McGriff, Art Neville, Jimmy Smith and Herbie Hancock. The grammy-nominated Lawton’s beats and fills push the melodies along a tightrope. Throughout the album, Paczkowski’s bass lines provide a solid basis for his clavinet and Lawton’s energetic rhythms. Each tune started as an improvisation but was developed into a full composition: a recipe that can lead to some self-indulgent stinkers. But there’s nothing thrown together or haphazard or indulgent about this... It’s a fully risen soufflé for the body and the mind.