Paul Coates is a rhythm and blues and honky tonk music artist opening for Charlie Daniels.
They call him "Pickin' Pauly".  He started performing guitar at an early age and became an extremely talented & seasoned musician.  By the age of eleven he was performing lead guitar on his first recording (country by the way).  By his early teens he was performing rock and rhythm & blues, touring the northeast college circuit.  After a stint in the Marine Corps, he started working as a weekend musician, as well as teaching guitar in Syracuse, New York.  Then Paul moved to Tucson, Arizona, and worked as a recording artist and played the Putney Street Pub music circuit until 1977.  At that point he moved back east and joined a disco top 40 band called Music Street.  In 1979 he came off the road and managed a few music stores and was lead guitarist in numerous bands.  Free Wheelin and the Mossback Mule band were the more notables, both bands covered top 40 country, the latter was a 7 piece Texas swing band which worked for the Bell Booking agency out of Atlanta, Georgia.  Both bands opened for many national music acts i.e. Charlie Daniels, Pure Prairie League, Grinderswitch and Little Feat to name a few . . . . .
Paul Coates is a rhythm and blues musician and honky tonk musician and lead guitar player.