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Brian Paddock began writing lyrics long before he ever picked up a guitar.

In 2010, when he was 30 years old, Paddock’s wife encouraged him to take his writing more seriously. Paddock learned how to play guitar and started trying to sing all the things he’d been writing. Four years later, Paddock co-founded the rock ‘n’ roll band Shimmy and the Burns - “Shimmy” being a nickname Paddock earned in college (it’s OK to ask him about it) and “Burns” being the bushy sideburns of the band’s co-founder.

Based in Knoxville, Tenn., the band earned a good reputation over the next few years, touring the Southeast and recording two critically-lauded full-length albums. Still, there was something missing. Paddock had a stack of songs that needed a quieter, more subtle musical home. To that end, he recorded the EP “Villains,” which Blank News praised as “a major introspective psychological whallop,” and began working on a full-length album. That disc, “Under New Management,” due for release later this summer, realizes the promise that the EP hinted at.

In his characteristically gruff voice, Paddock delivers 11 songs where the lyrics aren’t in such competition with the music to be heard. It’s sweet. It’s honest. And, featuring acoustic-heavy arrangements played by some of Knoxville’s A-list musicians, the music flows easy. The title cut name checks John Prine song characters in a thoughtful rumination on modern life.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple of rockers. When Paddock sings “I drink poison, ‘cause I like the taste,” you know it’s not going to be a soundtrack to a church picnic.

“Under New Management” isn’t going to shock Paddock’s longtime fans. More likely, they’re going to love him even more. If you haven’t heard him, take a little extra time to let the songs sink in. You won’t regret it.

-Wayne Bledsoe, Grammy Nominated Music Journalist and Host of WDVX Radio's “All Over the Road” and “Six O’Clock Swerve”

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"Brian Paddock emotes with a sandpapery vocal that seems to reflect the toll taken by troubles and travails, that unbowed attitude is never in doubt... songs of almost anthemic proportions." -No Depression

"Delivering driving tunes of clear conviction or musing on contemplative, heartfelt narrative ballads imbued with sensitivity and substance... Simply superb." -Goldmine Magazine

"Villains packs a major introspective psychological wallop—the listener can tell Paddock has been wrestling with some weighty issues." -Blank Newspaper

"With a gruff voice that manages to evoke Dylan without the nasal tones, Paddock comes across as an earnest, genuine frontman, and with the guys plowing through the band’s alt-country repertoire like early Whiskeytown or Slobberbone, the whole thing becomes a shambling, jangling freight train of East Tennessee beauty. There are strains of Neil Young and more contemporary bands like American Aquarium, and the earnestness of the subject matter — Paddock makes no bones about his self-doubt (“I’m not fit to be a father; I can barely take care of myself,” he rasps on the opening track, “Thirty Four”) or the foibles that fill his fragile heart, but beneath it all is the hope that a better man will arise to enjoy better days ahead." -The Daily Times

"Brian Paddock’s raspy voice and matter-of-fact delivery on top of the band’s solid country-rock foundation. It takes about the length of one song to fall in love with the combination...Take time to listen to the lyrics and there’s even more of a pay-off." -Knoxville News Sentinel

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