Born in Huntington, West Virginia, she's traipsed all around the eastern seaboard, always with an open ear for the lonesome, pinesome sound of pure mountain music and a song in the wind. Throw in a fresh jug and this gal will pound out the tunes and croon til the cows come home. Paula started tickling the ivories at age 4 - it's a long road from Bach to Buck! The nightingales taught Paula to sing when she was just a sweet young thing, and many a stringed instrument has shaken her hand, (guitars, banjos and ukuleles). She's also known to cut a rug when the spirit moves her.
A multi-instrumentalist, when she's not ticklin' the ivories and croonin' with Girl Howdy, Paula plays guitar, banjo and banjo ukulele in the old time duet “Moonshine Holler” (along with her husband, Bill Dillof), as well as the old time trio “Run Mountain”. She has toured Europe and the US on banjo with old-time darlings “Uncle Earl”; has performed and toured as a member of “Jawbone” with old time fiddle master Bruce Molsky and bluegrass banjo innovator Tony Trischka; and, was a founding member of the old time string band “The Rhythm Rats” with whom she made two acclaimed recordings. Paula is a popular instructor at traditional music camps and in addition to her musical talents, is an accomplished flatfoot dancer.