Black Rabbit George
Black Rabbit George is a new incarnation for Tijuana Cartel's
guitarist/singer/songwriter Paul George. It's an opportunity for Paul to
further explore the acoustic guitar that is at the heart of Tijuana Cartel
and to pursue his long-time interest in folk and roots music.
From the wellspring of childish fantasy and a lifetime of musical
evolution emerges the Black Rabbit.
This is the story-telling talent of Paul A George, the musician whose
guitar drives the unique sounds of Tijuana Cartel, one of the tightest
and most sought-after bands on the Australian festival circuit.
If Tijuana Cartel ever lacked anything for its guitarist and vocalist, then
it was the open door to a subconscious demand to tell stories – any
stories – with the strings of a guitar and the words of a born storyteller.
Black Rabbit George is the culmination of a need that could not be
“Tijuana Cartel remains a core driving force in my life and I’d never
want to leave it behind,” says the Black Rabbit. “But at the same time I
want to follow a path that embraces the great loves in my life: my
guitar and the wealth of stories that life simply places in your way.”
Indeed, the Black Rabbit’s first solo track, Muse, is a melodic and
emotional ode to his first great love: his guitar.
And the guitar has remained a passion with him ever since, through a
lifetime of highs and lows, triumphs and failures that drive the stories
of all our lives.
The Black Rabbit mines these experiences with a guitar that threads
itself into every line of every lyric, paying homage as it goes to the
great folk storytellers and the great folk musicians.
“Folk music has been with us since the first human learned to sing and
play and tell their story – and I’m doing no more than continuing the
So why the “Black Rabbit”?
Well, in Richard Adam’s book, Watership Down, the Black Rabbit is the
grim reaper of the rabbit world, the bridge between life and death –
and for a young and budding musician, it marked a first awakening to
the idea that life, for all its joys and tribulations, is always a journey
that takes us from birth to death.
“I think that my songs are about that journey,” says the musician Black
Rabbit. “It’s not something I try to do, it’s simply something that simply
emerges when I write.”
The Black Rabbit remains faithful to the folk tradition but he stamps it
with a distinct personality and musical style that is all his own.