By Lisa Rich/The Times
He never expected to get rich from it.
He never expected to get famous from it.
Music has never been about anything other than “doing your own
thing,” in the mind and fingertips of bluesman Paul Plumeri.
Plumeri has been doing his thing for decades, stemming back to
high school when he started to develop his own tone in style
instead of mimicking others.
“My whole style developed because I was not a note-for-note
copier. All the time, it was very frustrating 'cause I wanted to
play the whole solo on
‘Crossroads’ exactly as it was played,” Plumeri jokes in his
“I would stylize it; I could sound like the player somewhat, but
just couldn’t do the note-for-note thing,” he adds.
Over the years, it’s that kind of approach that led Plumeri to
embrace and showcase his own blues sound — little traditional
elements are scattered across his songs, but the product is
hotter, louder and more electrified.
Tonight, Plumeri and his band are taking stage at the Bordentown
Record Collector, where they plan to show off what makes them
But you don’t have to wait to hear it to believe it.
Sample his self-produced album, “Bishop of the Blues,” to get an
Somewhat similar in his style to guitarist T-Bone Walker,
Plumeri strays when he holds back notes instead of adding them.
That distinction has kept Plumeri in the Garden State and
Philadelphia music circuit for decades, even when listeners
began leaving their blues behind in the '80s. Plumeri still did
his thing, touring night clubs and music festivals with his
backing group, and pleasing those who weren’t as interested in
what was happening at the top of the charts.
Sample Plumeri’s sound online for free at paulplumeri.com
While there, be sure to check out “The Glide,” “The Boogie” and
“Hey Joe.” You can also check out his history and upcoming
This is an all-ages show. For more information, log onto the-record-collector.com.
All tickets purchased online or by phone will be held at the
Record Collector Box Office until doors open at 7:30.