Blues / Funk / Jazz

Red Beans and Rice EP Launch

Red Beans and Rice EP

Red Beans and Rice is the new EP by the band and it combines their bluesy roots with a funky approach. Listen to the new single below.

Tracks are:

01) Forever Waiting
02) How You Treat Me Like That
03) Essential Loving
04) Good Girl Blues
05) Stand Tall
06) Big Legged Woman

Purchase the EP for £4.99 plus postage.



Forming in early 2015, The Paprika Blues Band have since taken their home county of Shropshire by storm. After extensively touring the local music scene and gaining experience at a number of festivals, and having gained a dedicated following along the way, the band has reached its blues-rock sound that belies a deep knowledge of the two with a punch of funk.

The young, four-piece outfit have a repertoire of originals combined with well-known and not so well-known covers to take you back to a happier time of nothing but energetic, live performances to be cherished.

Fronted by co-founder Lauren Scarlett - with the band named after her infamous paprika-coloured hair - the performing arts background she carries shows as barely an inch of the stage is left without the imprint of her boots.

Moz Havard leads on guitar, with an extensive knowledge of blues-rock and a bohemian style of play, he drives the band with chugging guitar and backing vocals.

Co-founder Rory Smith mixes a passion for drums with a talent of harmonica playing to provide a versatile edge to the group, combining with the solid bass of Teodoro Prosdocimi to form an intricate rhythm section.

The band have toured parts of the UK, branching out into Scotland to play festivals and looking to entertain as many people that will listen.

After refining their line up, this group have become seasoned and accomplished musicians in their own right.

Lauren Scarlet - Vocals


Lauren's vocal range is perfectly suited to sing the blues with passion and feeling. Her soulful voice adds a warmth to the songs the band plays. She is responsible for writing most of the band's songs.

Moz - Guitars

MOZ - Guitars

Moz joined the band in 2016. His versatile guitar playing, together with his knowledge of the blues helps to produce that authentic sound. Moz's playing is very much influenced by Keith Richards.

Rory Smith - Drums


Rory is an aficionado of the blues. He has been drumming since he was 9 years old and cites Charlie Watts as his main influence. He also plays blues harp on some songs.

Teo - Bass

THEO - Bass

Multi-instrumentalist Teodoro completes the band on bass. In the same line-up as Moz for the second time, the two reunite to finish the partnership they started. Teo's driving force and versatility forms half of a tight rhythm section.


March 2019
Thu 14th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9pm

April 2019
Sat 13th - The Corner House, Chester) - 9:00pm

May 2019
Mon 27th - Audlem Festival - Shroppie on the Fly, Audlem - 2.30pm
Wed 29th - Housemans, Church Stretton - 8:00pm

July 2019
Sun 28th - Cambridge Rock Festival - Time tbc

August 2019
Sat 10th - Private Function
Fri 23rd - The Wheatsheaf, Frankwell - 9:00pm

September 2019
Sat 14th - The Cavalier, Kidderminster - 9:00pm

December 2019
Sat 14th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9:00pm


January 2018
Sat 20th - The Crown, Silverdale - 9pm (full band)
Fri 26th - Dough & Oil, Shrews - 9pm (blues trio)
Sat 27th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9pm (full band)

February 2018
Thu 1st - The Malthouse, Ironbridge - 9pm (blues trio)
Fri 2nd - Henry Tudor House, Shrews - 9pm (blues trio)
Sat 3rd - PRIVATE PARTY (full band)
Sat 10th - The Cornerhouse, Chester - 9pm (full band)
Sat 17th - PRIVATE WEDDING (full band)
Fri 23rd - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9pm (full band)
Wed 28th - Housmans Bar, Church Stretton - 8pm (blues trio)

March 2018
Sat 3rd - The Malthouse, Ironbridge - 9pm (full band)
Wed 14th - Fat Pigeon Live, Blakeys, Newcastle-under-Lyme - 9pm (full band)
Sat 31st - Mid Wales Music Centre, Newtown, Powys - 1.30pm - (blues trio)
Sat 31st - Workhouse Audition, Llanfyllyin - 9pm (full band)

April 2018
Fri 6th - Dog and Doublet, Wolverhampton - 9pm (full band)
Sat 7th - The Crown, Silverdale - 9pm (full band)
Wed 18th - Housmans Bar, Church Stretton - 8pm (blues trio)
Fri 20th - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9pm (full band)
Thu 26th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9pm (full band)

May 2018
Sat 5th - Mojo Festival, Bishops Castle - 5pm (full band)
Sat 5th - The Calalier, Kidderminster - 9pm (full band)
Mon 7th - Crownstock, Stoke-on-Trent - TBC - Trio
Fri 11th - The Dog & Doublet, Wolves - 9pm - (full band)
Sat 26th - Outdoor Stage, Audlem Festival - 7pm - (full band)
Sun 27th - Rock and Bowl Festival, Market Drayton - 5pm

June 2018
Fri 1st - The Wheatsheaf, Frankwell - 9pm (full band)
Sat 2nd - Private Party, Wolverhampton (full band)
Fri 8th - The Railway Hotel, Nantwich - 9pm (full band)
Sat 9th - The Crown, Silverdale - 9pm (full band)
Fri 22nd - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9pm (full band)

July 2018 
Sat 14th - Workhouse Festival, Llanfyllin, Powys - 8pm (full band)
Sat 28th - The Wheatsheaf Beer Festival, Frankwell 3pm (full band)

August 2018 
Thu 2nd - The Albion, Liskeard - 9pm (full band)
Fri 3rd - Rum and Crab Shack, Exeter - 10pm (full band)
Sat 4th - The Millbridge, Plymouth - 9pm (full band)
Fri 10th - Blakeys Bar, Newcastle under Lyme - 9pm (trio)
Sat 11th - The Talbot Inn, Welshpool - 8.30pm (full band)
Fri 24th - Alberts Shed, Shrewsbury - 9pm (full band)
Mon 27th - The Pour House - time TBC (full band)

September 2018 
Sat 1st - The Railway Nantwich (Food Festival) - 5pm (full band)
Fri 7th - Dog & Doublet, Wolverhampton - 9pm (full band)
Fri 28th & Sat 29th - Callander Jazz & Blues Festival, Stirling - times tbc (full band)

October 2018 
Sat 6th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9pm (full band)
Fri 19th - Henry Tudor, Shrewsbury - 9pm (blues trio)

November 2018
Fri 2nd - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9pm (full band)
Fri 23rd - Henry Tudor, Shrewsbury - 9pm (blues trio)

December 2018 
Thu 13th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9pm (full band)
Fri 14th - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9pm (full band)
Mon 24th - Henry Tudor, Shrewsbury - 9pm (blues trio)
Fri 28th - Dog and Doublet, Wolverhampton - 9pm (full band)




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