"Paul Doffing is no stranger to standing up for what he believes in."
"Songs from the (quaking) Heart comes together with a flow as natural and as wide open as the environment Doffing adores."
"[He's] using his guitar to dig into the viscera of his inner world."
"The third studio recording from the folk artist is brimming with personal insight, from the eradication of life through nuclear fall out, to consumer culture, to the general depressing haze of our go-go lifestyle. Doffing, an artist who literally lives his ideals, touring the Midwest by bicycle, focuses on the temporary nature of our human experience and mines simplicity for thought provoking gems."
"Masterful six- and 12-string guitar work."
- Erik Ernst, Tap Milwaukee
"Paul’s husky voice filled the Illinois night, his guitar work fitting perfectly with his lyrics filled with sorrow, longing, and hope. I perked up when he said that he was going to sing a song about changing the world. I’ve always been a man who wants to change the world for the better.
Whether I was doing pastoral work for Plow Creek or helping a nonprofit raise funds, or writing these columns, I have wanted to encourage people and change lives for the better. Yes, I want to change the world.
Paul started lightly fingering the introductory chords on his guitar and then he sang, “Slow I go, and softer, slower, gently though you walk, you change the world.” Some people want a quick change through an election or through the drama of guns. Not me. I’ve always tried to take the slow, softer approach of love and persuasion.
“Breathe the air, feel life unfolding, painful though sometimes it seems,” Paul sang, “know the power of an open heart, slowly though w ego, we’re moving, longer though it takes, we’ll see it through.”
Sometimes changing the world is painful. And yet I think that Paul is right. There is power in an open heart. If people know that you love them, they are likely to join you in changing the world.
“Long though it may take,” he sang into the spark-filled, moonlit night, “we’ll change the world, we’ll change the world, we’ll change the world.”
After the concert I bought Paul’s latest CD, Songs from the (Quaking) Heart. I wanted to hear, “Slow I Go” again and again. Yes, slowly, we’ll change the world."
-Rich Foss, Bureau Valley Chief
"An ideal world would have a lot more of Paul Doffing types: singer/songwriters who shut their mouths and just play instrumentals when they’ve nothing to add to the conversation. It doesn’t hurt Doffing that he’s a virtuoso acoustic guitarist, playing canyon-deep chords and fingerpicking tastefully and effortlessly. When he does exercise the pipes, his weary, Neil Young-meets-Damien Jurado tone evinces more gravity than any lyric sheet could ever muster."
-Steve Forstneger, Illinois Entertainer
“Elegant folk guitar music.”
- Kare 11 Today Show, NBC
"Minneapolis based singer/songwriter Paul Doffing is much, much more than that tired old genre name implies. He plays both magical 6 and 12-string instrumentals that are so timeless and flawless one would think he'd just stepped out of a machine that makes only characters like Paul Doffing. His down-to-earth, universal lyrical work sticks in the listener's head long after even one listen, and he manages to bring both a universal and a personal touch to each and every composition he writes. A highly recommended disc from a no holds-barred talent that you'll be hearing more and more from as the years go by. Highly recommended."
-Tom Hallett, ‘Round the Dial Magazine
"Many of us struggle to go the extra mile in incorporating a transition from fossil fuels into the daily needs of what our careers and lives require, especially when our work demands traveling to places in other cities or even countries. As we look to politicians nationally to end fossil fuel subsidies and regulate carbon emissions from coal plants, Paul is making a personal commitment to address his own transportation needs by following his dreams free from fossil fuels."
- Kate Jacobson, MN350