1994 - Thinking Plyers - EMF EP
1996 - Cartoon Suicide - EP
1998 - Thinking Plyers - Thinking Plyers
1999 - Infirmary Road Jazz Combo - Infirmary Road
2000 - Thinking Plyers - Cosmic Romance
2003 - Thinking Plyers - Fourteen Real Dreams
Bass, Vocals, Co-Producer, Songwriter
2004 - Rachael Warwick - Anglo-Americana
2004 - Tony Garcia - This Road
2005 - Steven Coats - EP
2005 - David Preston - EP
Bass, Engineer, Producer
2006 - Thinking Plyers - Gnostic Love Songs
Bass, Engineer, Co-Producer
2007 - George Thorogood - Bad To The Bone 25th Anniversary
2008 - Billy Miles Brooke - All Dressed Up & Nowhere To Go
2010 - Thinking Plyers - Cosmic Remix
Bass, Engineer, Co-Producer
2015 - Your Project!
Apaulo Productions, LLC is essentially a 'one-man show' providing music and AV production services in a variety of settings. Started in Nashville, the company eventually moved its headquarters to the Richmond, Virginia area where it remained until 2015 when operations were shifted to south Louisiana. Apaulo Productions' reach has extended well beyond its southern roots to national and international productions. A flip through owner Paul Westbrook's passport will confirm this.
In the last decade, Paul - or "Paulie" as he was known by his tourmates - has journeyed to 49 states and 30+ countries on 4 continents. Working as both a performer and technician with major artists of all genres, he has acquired a unique skill set that compliments his talents and passion for music, and provides his diverse and discerning clients with a consistently stellar experience, time and time again.
Paul "Paulie" Westbrook was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A child of the 80's and 90's, he began his musical career as a trumpet player in the middle school band. A year later he switched to the electric bass guitar and never looked back. He was a quick study at music and so was his twin brother, Ryan - a talented drummer (and now successful tour manager). By age 13, they had formed the original rock trio Thinking Plyers and were starting to book their own gigs and write and record their own songs. While the masses were expressing their angst thru Grunge music, this collective of young musicians colored well outside those lines to create a style that would evolve and change over time as dynamically as the musicians themselves. During Paul's 18 years with the band they would record and release 4 indie albums while carving out a live touring circuit across the deep south. These adventures gained him a real-world education in music and served as a launch pad to his future. In 2012, he left the group in order to focus on his own career and his growing family.
As an individual, Paul has built and maintained an impressive musical resume. In school he studied classical and jazz technique
on the upright bass and became the youngest member of both the Lake Charles and Rapides Civic Symphony Orchestras. For two consecutive years he was selected Principal Bass of the Louisiana All-State High School Orchestra. He went on to study music performance on scholarship at LSU in Baton Rouge and MSU in Lake Charles. A serious bout with tendonitis ended his college
years, but opened the door for a move to Nashville in 2000 and a career in the music business at large.
His adventures in music have since taken him around the world and back again. Aside from his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer, Paul is a successful stage manager, backline technician and audio engineer. His technical credits include tours with Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Keith Urban, Babyface, MercyMe, Carrie Underwood, One Republic, and John Hiatt. Paul's work as a tech has further allowed for some rare opportunities to sit-in as a musician with the likes of bluesman George Thorogood and country star Jake Owen, among others. He has also racked up a number of studio credits on Indie and DIY recordings, playing at times with greats like sax-monster and Grammy-winner Jeff Coffin. During his eight years in Nashville, Paul also recorded and performed with many up-and-coming artists like Mark Oshea (of the duo Oshea), Donovan Chapman, and British country-pop sensation Rachael Warwick. Uninspired by the Nashville scene, he moved to Virginia in late 2007.
Paul continues to tour internationally with major artists while focusing his down time on family life and writing music. He composes instrumental cues for play on network television, but his true passion lies in the craft of songwriting. Delivered with the straightforward honesty of his heroes - Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson – Westbrook’s songs often read like journal entries from a well-traveled soul. He sings about his adventures in distant cities, of the loneliness and isolation of life on the road, and of the redemption he has found in his family life. With 70 originals on hand and nearly 100 more in the works, Paul admits he is long overdue to release an album of his own; but "with so many irons in the fire, personal projects are indefinitely on the backburner."
Contact Apaulo Productions to discuss your project today! And stay tuned to apauloproductions.com to find out what Paulie will be up to next!