Kevin "Stik" Paul was born and raised in the city of Chicago, he left home as a teenager to pursue his love of music. The Chitlin’ Circuit in the 70’s was a virtual training ground for him where he developed a knack for playing inside the poly rhythms that were the basis for many grooves found in popular Funk music of the era.

Moving forward he landed with fellow Chicagoans Ted & Mitch Aliotta and John Jeremiah in the “Acme Thunder Band” eventually being replaced by iconic guitar wizard Harvey Mandel. Kevin would later return the favor to Harvey upon his exiting the band.

Next stop was as staff musician and writer for Jericho Productions and member of the original act “small idols”. Other Jericho artists Steve "Silk" Hurley and Shawn Christopher were experiencing commercial success and Kevin was tasked with writing and playing on numerous sessions for a number of artists.

Kevin logged many years playing with Chicago Blues Legend Bumble Bee Bob Novak throughout the club and festival circuit. He also took up residence in The Jan James Band touring Europe for the Provogue label on several occasions in the 90’s.

In 1998 Kevin helped form StikMen who went on to be selected as one of the Top Twenty Unsigned Acts in America in 2000. A publishing deal was procured with Westwood Music Group and two Indie CD’s were released on that label. Harvey Mandel would reappear to contribute to the 2nd StikMen release livin’ proof. The band was courted by Original Muscle Shoals Swamper Jimmy Johnson but a deal to join a new forming label would never materialize. Kevin produced StikMen for Young Heroes Music, Inc., co-writing all of the band’s originals and overseeing the company’s entry into Internet marketing which was quickly becoming a viable tool for Indie artists. StikMen’s songs were downloaded over a half million times in 2000. The track “More Than Money” from the first release was selected for inclusion in the recent documentary film “Going Attractions”. Kevin Stik Paul soon became known as a producer and writer, in particular for his instrumental compositions.

In more recent times Kevin co-founded 1969, breathing new life into classics from the Woodstock era and occupies stage right in the dynamic show band Generation. When needed, Kevin subs for guitarist extraordinaire Wil Crosby in R-Gang playing R&B, funk & soul from the Motown era. He continues to compose and produce his own compositions and can be seen performing at festivals, concerts, clubs and corporate events.

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Stiks Blues
What can I say? The original version of the Blues AllStars track.



Blues
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Drive
Ever wondered what the blues sounds like on Mars? Take this buggy for a test drive and keep your eyes wide open.



Guitar Instrumental
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Organ Donor
This is what happens when you pour tequila into your guitar



Guitar Instrumental
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Warrior
My version of a modern day ceremonial ghost dance.



Guitar Instrumental
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Don't Wanna' Live Without You
I thought I could be a superman...

Semifinalist in the KIAC Best of 2009 Open Songs Competition



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Livin' Proof (Sung by Jim Banke)
From the Jim Banke release "Strong as I am". Remake of the StikMen release from the album livin' proof (c) 2000. Written by Massi, Paul, Balsano and Wagner. Recorded in Nashville produced by Balsano &, Schulman.



Country
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Livin' Proof (StikMen)
Written by Paul, Massi, Balsano and Wagner. Produced by Paul and Massi. From the album livin' proof



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Barefootin'
Rocked out cover of the 1966 Robert Parker classic R&B tune



Miscellaneous
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Boots (1969)
Nancy tries on a pair of led boots.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Ixtapa
Guitars, guitars and more guitars accompany you to a beautiful place somewhere else in the world.



Guitar Instrumental
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Marimba
A parade of six string high jinks that celebrate an era of music that has passed us by but has yet to arrive.
Buckle up!

IAIA Song of the Year Nomination




Guitar Instrumental
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Louie on the line




R&B/Soul
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Memphis Rescue (with Toby Rhodes)
In tribute to the huge Memphis sound originating from studios like Stax.



R&B/Soul
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Fire (1969)
Licensed cover of the classic Hendrix track
Licensed Cover



Foundation Rock
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Somebody To Love (1969)
Licensed cover of the legendary Jefferson Airplane's 1967 rock anthem. Currently included in the 1969 live show along with other popular songs from artists of the era.
Licensed Cover



Fundamental Rock
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2 Funked Up 4 Words
Somebody call me a cab



Jazz Funk
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Book It Roy
Book it



Guitar Instrumental
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Goodbones and Honeybutter
Funk you



R&B/Soul
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Baby It's You (1969)
Licensed cover of the Smith cover of the Burt Bacharach tune
Licensed Cover



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Woodstock (1969)
All spruced up for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock this live in the studio version brings this classic up to date without losing the feel of the original. Features bk on lead vocals, flip on keys, spider on bass and vocals, the beat on drums, hayden vocals and stik on guitar and vocals.
Licensed Cover



60s tie dye rock
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Bad Wah




Industrial/Beat Rock
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I'm Just A Guitar Strumming Hack




Miscellaneous
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No Apologies
No regrets



Guitar Instrumental
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Fast Mover (By StikMen)
From the Westwood Release "you gotta' believe" by StikMen.



Americana Roots Rock
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The Roscoe Stomp
Even more digital mayhem



R&B/Soul
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One Little Promise
Hold on to what you got



Rock
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Polish Picket Line (Bumble Bee Bob)
Worldwide blues icon and artist Bumble Bee Bob and his band The Stingers take you on a journey into the realm of the real deal. This is what Chicago Blues is all about. Recorded many moons ago in the analog era this track has been uncovered, revived and presented here for your enjoyment. No brainer...no nonsense blues. Check your elitism at the door.



Chicago Blues
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Windy City Man
Nobody said this would be easy



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Blue Line Blues
FTP



Blues Rock
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Blucifer
The never ending crossroads saga revisted.



Improvisational
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Her Life To Live
This is a song about a girl. Maybe you know her.



Americana
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Back Door Romeo
Written and sung by Toby Rhodes, all instruments, backing vocals and production by Stik. From the CD Hotel Blue.

Kevin Paul | Create Your Badge



Arena Rock
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The Letter (1969)
Classic cover by 1969
Licensed Cover



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Yes Indeed!
Just for shits and giggles



Guitar Instrumental
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Young Heroes
It is what it is



Guitar Instrumental
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Hotel Blue (With Toby Rhodes)
A sad tale about a hotel no one wants to check into.



Pop
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The Journey to Agartha
Agartha is a legendary city that is said to reside in the Earth's core.



Guitar Instrumental
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Flower In A Cornfield




Organic Pop Folk
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Lake Shore Drive




Ambient Pop
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DMD Compact Disc Online
Carved In Stone
As you listen to Stik's "Ixtapa", you won't care about genre blending, what you'll care about is that your head feels like it's going to explode from all the good things bouncing around inside. This track is a must hear. If you ignore "Ixtapa", you're ignoring what I'd place among the best of the best. Don't take my word for it, let this song take over your brain for awhile! You'll never look at instrumental rock the same way again.

Jonathon Sanders, Gods Of Music

Alternative Retro and Psychedelic  info  
DMD Compact Disc Online
Blucifer
To really prepare yourself for the groovy sensations put on your headphones, shut off your world and get ready to be lured into the Devil´s velvety tempting trap. Forget about technical gimmicks and effects that give the sound a fresh spice. The sound is ages old deriving its true essence and expression from generations of venerable bluesmen.
This review is copyright © 2005 by Thomas Gosciniak, and Blues On Stage.

"Keeping the Blues Alive Award" Achievement for Blues on the Internet Presented by The Blues Foundation



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International Song of the week awards

2/26/2018 2:03:39 PM
Congratulations Stik, Flower in a cornfield has been selected as International Song of the Week 18th - 25th February 2018. We thought the song had everything a good song needs.



Bryon Tosoff

9/29/2009 3:52:16 PM
Love those tracks Stik.....The Letter and Fire.....thanks for uploading, great listening!

bryon




Jerry Kabat

6/13/2008 5:25:14 AM
Was that the same Blues Allstars that played at Guitar Center about 6 years back?



Hackdaddy

3/13/2008 12:17:53 PM
Hi Stik - I remember you from "way back when" on the "old" mp3.com. Good to see you here. Stop by and have a listen or two!

Thanks, Mike
aka Hackdaddy




Matt Thorpe

10/7/2007 12:23:35 PM
Hey Stik,
Been a long time since we did the Blues Allstars project - I just started back at IAC again - saw the Mayor on the Blues chart - any of the other boys about ?

Matt




Huminuh

9/25/2007 5:33:37 PM
I don't see a shout box for you ? I thought I would drop in and tell you I enjoy your music. I put you in the top 2 today at Country Folk & Blue Shades of Grass station :)


 

       

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