Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter Paul Dickson presents his heartfelt debut album, Belle, named after his wife Tracy and recorded for his daughter Daisy. The twelve tracks of original self-penned material showcase Paul’s flowing finger-style guitar playing alongside contemporary lyrics reflecting on his life in a new town in the west of Scotland. Paul spoke with The Fountain about the album as well his plans for the remainder of the year.

TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Belle?

Very positive! I’ve had some great reviews and lots of radio play, and if I was to summarise the feedback it would that the album is accomplished and heart-warming. One review said the album was – “a beacon of light in these uncertain times”. I’m really happy that people see it in that way.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence? 

An honest, acoustic album reflecting on my life, and the people who have played a big part in it.

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences with this record?

There’s certain artists and albums that I go back to time and again, and it’s mainly these albums that were the inspiration for Belle. Desire by Bob Dylan, Blue by Joni Mitchell, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Hunky Dory by David Bowie. What I love about these albums is the raw, acoustic sound, the strong stories and the feelings that the songs create. They literally take you on a journey and I want people to experience the same thing when listening to Belle. It’s for this reason, I just had to have violin, piano and double bass on the album as well as the acoustic guitar.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this album release?

I plan to get the physical CD out soon, and then to continue gigging as much as possible online and in the ‘real world’ when it’s allowed. I’ve met lots of people through my live gigs on Facebook so it will be great to finally meet them in person when the time comes. I’ll also be starting work on the next album very soon as I’ve got lots of ideas and learnings from the experience of releasing Belle.