Paul Leary

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Paul Leary
Birth name Paul Leary Walthall[1][2]
Born (1957-05-07) May 7, 1957 (age 61)
San Antonio, Texas, United States[1]
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock, noise rock, hardcore punk, industrial metal
Instruments Guitar, keyboards
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Butthole Surfers, Melvins, Carny, John Paul Jones, Stone Temple Pilots

Paul Leary (born May 7, 1957)[2] is an American musician from Austin, Texas, best known as the guitarist for American rock band Butthole Surfers.[1] He is also the producer of a number of songs and albums by other bands, including U2, Sublime, Meat Puppets, Daniel Johnston, The Reverend Horton Heat, Pepper, Maggie Walters, Bad Livers, Slightly Stoopid, The Refreshments, Tumbledryer Babies, and Sludge Buzzard. Leary produced Sublime with Rome's debut album, Yours Truly.[3]

In 1991, he released a solo album entitled The History of Dogs. In 1994, Leary appeared on the song "Lounge Fly" from the multi-platinum album Purple by Stone Temple Pilots. He also performed backing vocals on the Meat Puppets and Bad Livers respective renditions of his song "Pee Pee the Sailor".

Leary appeared on the 1999 John Paul Jones (ex-Led Zeppelin) solo album Zooma and the accompanying tour.

He formed a new band called Carny and in 2014 contributed three songs to the Melvins album Hold It In.


  1. ^ a b c AllMusic Biography, "A native of San Antonio, TX, Leary (whose full name is Paul Leary Walthall)..."
  2. ^ a b Texas Births, 1926-1995, Paul Leary Walthall, Birth Date: 1957-05-07
  3. ^ "Sublime With Rome". Sublime With Rome. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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