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Paul Iwancio Didn't Know He Came Off as a Religious Singer

Paul Iwancio Didn't Know He Came Off as a Religious Singer
Karl Christian Krumpholz

Paul Iwancio: “Some years ago, I was doing a live audition to perform at a coffeehouse in Baltimore. After singing three strong songs passionately, I asked the booker, ‘Well, how did I do? Did I get the gig?’ He replied, ‘Well, we like you, Paul, but we don’t usually hire religious singers.’

Paul Iwancio Didn't Know He Came Off as a Religious Singer (2)
Karl Christian Krumpholz

“I stood there, shocked, since I really didn’t perform any religious material. I asked, ‘Why do you think I’m a religious singer?’ He replied, “Well, you know, that last song, with the fountain not made by man and the road not being a simple highway.’ I explained, ‘That was “Ripple,” by the Grateful Dead.’ At that moment, I realized that either the Grateful Dead was a religious band, or I just sang kinda religiously. In any case, I landed the gig, perhaps because they were too embarrassed not to hire me.”

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Paul Iwancio will release his new CD, How We Roll Now, at Barfly on October 23. He hosts a songwriters’ showcase every third Friday at Infinitus Pie in Wheat Ridge.

Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the stories of local bands by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.

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