Paul Covarelli was a born artist and the guitar was his medium. His passion for music was unstoppable. Paul began playing professionally as a teen in small clubs in the East Bay, leading many bands, including the original Jo Mama. Paul came to the Truckee/Tahoe area in the mid 1980s and took the music scene by storm. Through his work with TAMA, the Truckee Follies, Truckee Day, Truckee Thursdays, Wednesdays in the Park, 4th of July at Donner Lake, etc., Paul and his band Jo Mama became a mainstay in the Truckee area music world.

In the three years since his diagnosis of cancer, Paul chose to spend more time at home, enjoying the company of his family and close friends and playing smaller gigs for fun rather than an income. Music became his solace from the reality he faced.

While Paul will surely be remembered for his talent, those that knew him will also remember him for being the beautiful person that he was. He was a humble, genuine, and loving person whose passion for life, family, and friends will be his legacy that will live on.


“Always insist on live music” ~ P. Covarelli

~ Erica Covarelli


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