Paul Cauthen is downright ferocious in a new performance clip of “Hanging Out on the Line,” tracked live at Dallas’ Modern Electric Sound Recorders.
“I’m prepared to lose my mind,” he sings in the chorus, contorting his face and barking his lyrics in a Waylon Jennings-worthy baritone. Behind him, members of the Texas Gentlemen – a collective of sidemen and Lone Star State solo artists, all rooted in the Dallas-Fort Worth music community – couch his voice in layers of slide guitar, organ and percussion, while a pair of gospel singers chime in with harmonies. No one’s wearing any headphones, proof that Cauthen’s band knows how to pack a punch without cranking the volume.
Released on this month’s My Gospel, “Hanging Out on the Line” is equal parts classic country and southern gospel. Cauthen, who grew up hollering church hymns on Sunday morning, says his childhood experience with congregational singing directly influenced his delivery on My Gospel.
“I really found my voice on this album,” he told Rolling Stone Country in August, while driving back to Texas after a recording session at Muscle Shoals’ revered FAME Studios. “It’s got a lot to do my with upbringing. You’ve gotta sing real loud in the Church of Christ, because there are no mics. You’ve gotta learn to belt, and that’s what I did with this album. I didn’t want to be timid. I wanna make people feel. I want them to hurt. I want them to have emotion when they listen to my music.”
Cauthen is currently opening shows for singer Elle King, with whom he’ll visit Kansas City on October 28th, Minneapolis on October 29th and Detroit on October 30th.