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Fred Rose in the foreword of a song folio (Paul Howard's Cotton Pickin' Songs)that Paul was one of the favorites on the Grand Ole Opry. He said that audiences liked him because his songs were for the 'home folks'. Paul was from Arkansas. His friendly manner carried with him on stage and was felt by the listening audience.
Fred said that Paul got just as much fan mail as anyone at WSM back then and that was saying a heep because if folks took a liking to you, they didn't hesitate to write, especially the listeners in the south.
Fred Rose said Paul was the type of singer songwriters liked having do their songs as he put his heart and soul into it. If Paul took a liking to the new song, it had a good chance of being a hit. If not, well, try another one.
Paul picked out the songs in the one folio, and as Fred Rose put it, Paul said, "My listeners tell me what they like and they are the ones that are going to buy this book. So let's give'em what they want."