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Celebrate living locally with Paul August’s latest offering

Children’s voices, rhythmic folk and bluegrass melodies, breaking glass and references that only Nevada Countians would appreciate comprise Paul August’s newest album, “Welcome to Nevada City, God’s Country,” and the single by the same name.

The singer, songwriter and freelance writer has put together a package of originals as well as choice covers by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Duke Ellington; the North San Juan resident also writes new lyrics to accompany existing songs.

It’s not only an ode to the area (think lyrics like “Purple clouds, Sierra sky, green pine trees, Nevada Union High” and “Lizzie loaded up her paintings and tried to drive to the Nevada County Fair, But when she got caught in the roundabout, She never got out of there”), but to the environment and August’s life.

He laments having to call his wife when his car breaks down, the farms of his childhood and taxes on ice cream while celebrating love and the serenity of the Foothills.

“Welcome to Nevada City, God’s Country” is a collaborative community effort, having been recorded at Lode Line Studios in Grass Valley and produced by Michael Gregory. The cover art was done by Nevada City artist Loanna Beeson and myriad musicians contribute their talents on instruments such as drums, sax and keyboard. The website is hosted by Descati Design of Penn Valley, and August credits Nevada City’s Mindworker Productions with the concept.

August recently produced a music video to accompany the song.

He says, “the video is a sneak preview of the 2011 version. Each year, we plan to do a new visual production of Nevada City with selected local guest artists on the song.”

Visit http://www.WelcomeToNevadaCity.com to hear the single and watch the video. The CD is available at cdbaby.com/artist/paulaugust for $12.97.

Folks interested in participating in the video can call Mindworker (510) 928-5750.

To contact Content Manager Angela Diaz, e-mail entertainment@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4203.

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