Three Questions with Paul Cullen

by Dave on October 15, 2009

Former Bad Company bassist and Rehoboth Beach resident Paul Cullen talks about his music, his love of food and where his love of wine has taken him lately.

You released a new album this summer, “Paradise.” Tell us a little about it and how it’s been received.

Paradise is my 2nd solo CD in 2 years. I’m very proud of the quality of the music and recording. Most of the recording was done here in my home studio on my Mac. This one has 6 instrumentals and 2 with vocals which is more of what I’m about now. I love Latin, jazzy, Mediterranean styles of music for whatever reason. I think because my parents listen to Jose Felicano and Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 when I was growing up. I know I played bass in Bad Co., a rock band, but I’m like a chameleon, I can play what ever the job calls for. My true love is what I’m into on this CD. While people raved about my first CD, “Dreamdance,” they are going out of their way to let me know how much they like this one. I’m already working on my next one, which will be even more acoustic, Nylon String guitar and violin.

Beside your obvious musical talents, you’ve become known locally as quite the foodie. What are some of your favorite cusines & dishes?

Italian, for sure. My Mom was full blooded Italian, her and my Grandmother taught me how to cook at a very early age. Of course I love pasta and love to make gnocchi. Seafood Fra Diavalo is one of my favorite dishes to have out. John DiLeo, from Casa DiLeo’s has one of the best around. The staff all know it’s my fav. We are so lucky to have so many talented chefs in our little resort town. On any given night you can have a world class meal and walk away and say that was amazing. A true dining experience!! I’m all about that.

Your love of food & wine has landed you a new gig as an ambassador for Italian wine importer PortoVino. What’s that been like?

A Blast!!! I just got back from Wilmington/Newark last night tasting with some cool restaurants and wine shops. It’s so much fun to learn and talk about the grapes and their history. And as a bonus I get to go to Italy in Oct. to see first hand how it’s all done.

I’ve been very lucky because in a short period of time I’ve landed placements in Teller Wines/Outlet Liquors for retail and Back Porch Cafe, Nage, Cultured Pearl, Casa DiLeo, Abstractions, Bethany Blues and Beseme to name a few. So far it has been fun.

The wines sell themselves; they are off-beat groovy wines from smaller certified organic or sustainable producers. Plus, we are using a marketing plan that includes giving away some of my music when you buy my wine. “Unplugged & Uncorked” are the events we’ll be having to promote wine & music at wine dinners, wine tastings and private home parties. Groovy Italian wine, cool jazzy music & divine cuisine. It doesn’t get any better than that…

This interview first appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, August 20, 2009.

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