JUST THIS ONE celebrates Portland’s own harmonica and songwriting hero Paul deLay—who passed away 10 years ago this spring from leukemia— with a stage full of hometown all-stars to sing, shout, and dance their way through a set of Paulzilla’s best songs. Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, and Saeeda Wright sing Paul’s great tunes, backed by Dave Fleschner, Hank Shreve, Carlton Jackson, Freddy Trujillo, and Ben Rice. Maybe some guest stars, too. And a special number from United By Music. That’s multiple Blues Music and Muddy award-winners giving their all for Paul.
Part of a developing musical theatre production by Portland playwright Wayne Harrel, JUST THIS ONE shows how deLay’s poignant words, hilarious rhymes, and soulful melodies continue to touch hearts and minds a decade after his untimely death. “Fourteen Dollars in the Bank”, “Maybe Our Luck Will Change”, “Chalk and Roll”...it’s hard to keep it to just one set. Join the cast afterwards at the Crossroads stage for more songs and stories from the life of Paul deLay.
(Photo left to right): Saeda Wright, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steel
On the CROSSROADS STAGE : Talking Paul deLay
Stories Behind Paul’s Songs
JUST THIS ONE author Wayne Harrel talks with friends and musicians who shared the stage with the one and only Paul deLay. Old band mates and new admirers play favorite deLay tunes and share stories behind the music: how his haunting number, “Remember Me” came from a dream, “Just This One” followed a prison telephone call, and why young Paul never wanted a harp solo to end.
Invited guests include deLay’s organist and arranger Louis Pain, longtime sax man Dan Fincher, Brown Sugar leader Lloyd Jones, vocalist Duffy Bishop, bassist Lisa Mann, and self-proclaimed Paul “nerd” harpist, Hank Shreve.