It's the understatement of the century to say this has been a crazy year. For someone who's used to being on the road, playing music in clubs 3/4 of the time, it's been especially difficult to know how to relate to our current situation.
One promise I made myself long before the pandemic struck, however, was to collaborate more musically.
I struck up a close friendship with Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell (the Austin-based duo known as Greyhounds), and began sessions in their new studio every time I was on tour down in Texas. My idea was to try out some ideas that normally wouldn't fit on one of my new full-length albums.
We started with re-arranging and re-recording some songs from early in my career. Songs that I wrote 15 or 20 years ago. Some were released on early records, some never saw the light of day. We expanded to included a couple cover songs.
Being so busy on the road, I wasn't sure I would ever release these sessions. but then touring stopped.
I took the tracks to another close friend here in Nashville - producer/engineer Dexter Green, who's worked with a wide array of artists from Nicole Atkins to Collective Soul!
Dex pushed me even further outside my comfort zone, and helped put a new spin on some old tires.
Altogether we tracked a couple dozen songs. The first four of these will be released as an EP in September called Get That Feeling (a nod to the lyrics in the revamped version of "Evening Sun.")
I hope you enjoy this indulgence. It's been extremely challenging and rewarding to both look back at these early compositions while trying out some new sounds.
Hi everyone - I hope you are healthy and I hope you are staying home during this crazy quarantine situation.
Like a lot of performers, we hated cancelling shows. We've been working on unique ways to reach you during the next few weeks, and we're trying a cool experiment.
Instead of just live-streaming on Facebook or Instagram, you can sign up below for a more intimate, tailored concert (straight from the legendary Bongo Room) that will be limited to only a small number of fans at a time, and composed of specific song requests. Each show is $25, and will also come with two (2) tickets to any upcoming headline show in the U.S. and Europe once we are back on the road.
Here's the link:
You can choose an afternoon or evening time on April 1, 2, or 4. You will have to download Zoom (it's free). You'll get an email notification with a link to the concert you've signed up for, a place to enter your request, and a text reminder to your phone if you want.
We know it's not the same as a live show at your favorite club, but I hope you can join me and share a few rocking moments.
What a year of great shows! Just a few more left, including a Holiday Hometown Throwdown and a return to Chicago for New Year's Eve. Details are on the TOUR page with links to tickets.
Ladies & Gentlemen! We are proud to announce that I Wanna Tell You has been lovingly reissued AND PRESSED ON VINYL on Nine Mile Records for it's 20th Anniversary!
The new version features cool new artwork and new liner notes from the Jedi Master himself Jorma Kaukonen.
There will be a select number of solo acoustic shows throughout the country to celebrate the spirit and songs of this solo acoustic record.
You can stream it on all digital services, but if you own a turntable, the only real thing to do is pick up a copy on vinyl. It truly was recorded for that format and sounds amazing.
CHECK IT OUT HERE
THE ROAD BECKONS! Come see a show (dates and ticket links to the right). Super thanks to the folks at Wide Open Country for premiering Patrick's new video for the single "Up & Down" to help promote the tour!
Patrick has been on the road all Summer promoting Ancient Noise around the U.S. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart, and has been lauded by critics everywhere.
The September issue of UK-based Guitar Magazine has a six-page extensive feature on Patrick: his music, his gear, and his history. It's on newsstands now, or you can read it online here.
Ladies & Gentlemen - we're thrilled to announce the new record Ancient Noise. It's a culmination of many influences: Hill Country Blues, Vintage Country, Southern 70s Funk and good 'ol Rock and Roll! Grammy-winner Matt Ross-Spang engineered and produced it at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording studios in Memphis, and we had the good pleasure of having Ken Coomer on drums, Ted Pecchio on bass and Charles Hodges on keys for the sessions.
Ancient Noise comes out on May 11 on Nine Mile Records (except Europe where you'll have to wait until July 6). We've got a mess of tour dates lined up, with a lot more to come. Check out the TOUR page for details and ticket links. Can't wait to play these new songs for you!
Hey Good People - we're gearing up for another new full-length record. It's gonna be titled Ancient Noise and it comes out this Spring. In the meantime, we're gonna kick things off this year down in Texas for SXSW, and then swing out to Arizona for the new Innings Festival and hit a couple hot spots on the way home: Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis. If you live in these towns, please come out and say hi. We've got a lot of new music to share with you.