They say a man is the sum of all his experiences, but when that man is a musician he tends to be a sum of all his influences. That makes Paul Hare an interesting musical force and one that's hard to categorize. Perhaps his first influences were the Sun Studios records, a leaning he brought with him when his parents moved him from the south at a young age. Hare is driven by and drawn to lyrically driven music and it is certainly reflected in his personal musical vision. While he fronted a power pop/alternative rock group called '11th Hour Reprieve,' Hare's solo music is more in keeping with the singer songwriter style of music. It's not that far removed from that Sun Records stuff, but you'll also hear bits of The Beatles, The Stones and the Clash. Hare may be releasing his first solo album with this concept disc, but this is a musician who has been honing his art for a very long time. In fact, his first public performance was in high school when presented with a required oral assignment Hare and a group of cohorts brought in their guitars and proceeded to deliver it in song. Music is certainly a big part of Hare's life and experience. More importantly, perhaps, Hare has lived a full life and learned how to express real life in his words and vocal delivery. It's this sort of honesty that has to be earned. Paul Hare has earned it.