Since the mid-'60s when he made the move to go full-time with his artistry, Rhode Island-based acoustic blues and folksinger Paul Geremia has supported himself through his music. Geremia is an Italian-American from Providence, Rhode Island, a town that gave birth to the careers of Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, and other iconic blues figures. He was raised in a family that moved across the country and back several times in his youth, and that experience furthered his interest in music, history, and travel. Like so many others of his generation, Geremia was introduced to classic blues by a performance he saw at a folk festival. He saw Mississippi John Hurt at a topical songs workshop at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and has never been the same since. Also at Newport that year were Peter LaFarge, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan.