Gambo musician receives international nod

Published on August 11, 2017

Gambo musician Jesse Paul was recently informed that his album “Here’s to Luke the Drifter” was selected for the “International Traditional Country CD of the Year” award at the National Old Time Music Festival in Iowa.

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GAMBO, NL – Jesse Paul’s unwavering commitment to the old ways of country music has earned him some international attention.

Recently he received a letter from the National Traditional Country Music Association, based in Iowa, USA.

The Association’s website states it was formed in 1976, as a means of honouring significant contributors to America’s rural musical art forms, and has evolved over the years to include international artist who have made contributions to old-time country music.  

The letter stated the Association had forwarded a copy of Paul’s album “Here’s To Luke the Drifter”, to the Rural Roots Music Commission, and the album had been selected for “International Traditional Country CD of the Year” award.

 “They were asking for my music, and with some encouragement from Michael (T. Wall – a Newfoundland Country musician and past award recipient) I decided to send it along for a review,” said Paul. “The review that came back was very positive, but I didn’t think it would lead to this.”  

Paul said he is very honoured to have been offered the award, but given the condition he has to be present to accept it at the National Old Time Music Festival in LaMars, Iowa from Aug. 28-Sept. 3, he doesn’t think he’ll be receiving the award.

“But one thing I’m proud of, is to know that the album has done really well for me,” he said. “And for a Newfoundlander to have been selected for a country/western award, that’s about as good as it gets.”  


Jesse Paul released his first album in 1990, and is currently working on his ninth album.

His music has also been broadcasted on radio stations throughout Europe and in Australia.