Getting To Know Bassman Paul Sowinski

Paul plays for Hands On Art Studio’s Rock ‘N Roll Adult Night. Photo by Suzi Hass.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the band Big Mouth. For bassist Paul Sowinski, it notes much more than 20 years of musical history.

Sowinski started playing the bass in 7th grade when his garage band had three guitarists. He said, “I volunteered to play bass [and it was the] best decision I ever made.”

Sowinski’s music has evolved over the years in many ways. As a kid he played ‘70s rock, in college jazz and classical, and when he moved to Door County in the ‘80s, he played Dixieland six nights a week. Eventually he met other musicians and found a variety of approaches to their styles of music.

As an original member of Big Mouth, he’s had the opportunity to open for America, REO Speedwagon and Kansas. When asked how he sees his role with the group Sowinski said, “with the drummer, to try to hold a solid foundation harmonically and groovically.” Whether it’s Big Mouth Trio or Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, you can be sure that Sowinski will holding that foundation and having fun.

When he’s not performing, he is teaching general music and beginning/middle school band for kindergarten through eighth grades at Holy Rosary in Kewaunee and St. Mary’s in Algoma. While some might think being a seasoned musician would lend credibility with his students, Sowinski said, “most kids don’t even know about my other life.”

Whether it’s in a classroom or on a stage, Sowinski strives to keep music alive and offers, “a sincere thank you to everyone in Door County for their support of live music and all fine arts.”