Paul Cauthen has dedicated his life to music. It has been with him since his childhood, and has become his life’s work. He now has a chance to share that love with Kay County, as he is on tour with popular singer Cody Jinks, and the pair will perform  at 8 p.m. July 11-12 at 7 Clans First Council Casino.

Cauthen hails from Tyler, Texas, and it was there in his youth that he first became involved in music, specifically through his church, when he sang in groups in his congregation.

Although he wrote songs in his youth, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that he started to focus more on songwriting, and in 2007, decided to embark on a musical career, one that has taken him around the world.

He first started in the Tyler area, of Northeast Texas, but soon relocated to the Rockies, where he became more involved in traditional styles, especially bluegrass. He remained there several years.

“I moved out to Colorado, to Denver, started playing sin some bluegrass bands” he said. “I really cut my teeth out there.”

He would eventually relocate back to Texas, specifically Austin, where he created a new band with several buddies, The Sons of Fathers, moving more toward Americana and rock.

Today, however, he is a solo artist, focusing on songs he wrote when he was younger, and describes as more “progressive rock” than anything else. His influences cross boundaries between genres, including Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and J.J. Cale.

“I’ve been on tour with Cody Jinks for three weeks now,” he said. “I just played some shows with Hank (Williams), Jr.”

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