Pat Anderson

.:First Shows Up in VA/NC–More to Come Soon

Hey again good people!  Happy to update you all on what’s been cooking down here in Nashville.  Had a great recent run up through VA and am looking forward to upcoming shows in Memphis, Arkansas, North Carolina, and a few more Knoxville dates over the next month or so.  Thanks especially to The Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, VA for a great homecoming show of sorts and to all those who made it out.  Also, plans are in the works for some more recording this winter, with hopefully a new record on the horizon to be released in the spring.    Please check here or on Facebook/ Twitter as I’m adding new shows all the time.  Thanks as always for your continued interest and support–can’t tell you how much it is appreciated!

.:New Show Dates, New Songs, Etc.

Been a bit since the last update, so I wanted to give everyone a quick run down on what’s been going on. Hope the spring finds everyone happy and healthy. I’m finally in a place where I can be truly full time with this thing, and as a consequence I’ve got more live dates scheduled than ever before. I’ll be playing a mix of bars/clubs/and coffeehouses over the next six months or so, and am hoping to see a lot of you along the way. If you know of a place in your neck of the woods that would be suitable for a solo acoustic performance, send it along and I’ll try and get something booked ASAP. Also, I’ve got a whole mess of new songs that I’ve been starting to trot out live. I look forward to sharing them with you, and hopefully starting work on another record at the end of this year. Thanks as always for the continued interest and support–hope to see you all soon.

.:Holidays, Hard Work, & Some New Songs

Hey all, figured it’s time I updated the news blog. Seems like nowadays Facebook and Twitter are a lot easier to stay on top of than actually sitting down (gasp!) to write a paragraph or two.

Hope the new year finds you all well. The holidays are always a weird time for a lot of folks, including me. Memories of friends and family lost, wrestling with the family dynamics of getting together (or not), and generally being kind of forced to take stock. It’s a time of year I always question where I am and where I’m headed, assuming we have any control over that at all, which is questionable at best.

All that said, it’s usually that kind of mildly melodramatic introspection that compels me to sit down with my guitar and do some songwriting for you to play in your mobiles with the mx player pro. Happy to say I’ve got a whole new clutch of tunes that I’ve been trying out at shows and can’t wait to get out there, hopefully in record form one of these days.

I’ll be posting some videos over the next week or two from a live radio show in Johnson City, TN last month, and will be attempting a lot more shows this year than last for sure, so be sure to check in here or at http://www.facebook.com/patandersonmusic. You can also keep tabs on what’s happening via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/patandersonnews.

.:WDVX Blue Plate Special Show in Knoxville Coming Up, Video Blog In The Works

Just a short update here–been a great last few weeks, especially around Nashville.  Thanks to everyone who has made it out to the shows.  It was particularly exciting to perform solo live on radio for the first time for 103.3FM WKDF’s Billy Block Show Live from Tootsie’s last Sunday and with the band at Derek Hoke’s 5 Spot Tuesday Night deal.  Also got to play at the Family Wash over in East Nashville for the first time last night which was really enjoyable.  Great folks over there.  CMA’s were last week here in town and though I’m not really part of that world it was cool to be around all the buzz and energy with that and Bonnaroo taking place at the same time.

Got a few good things on the horizon.  I’ll be playing solo acoustic on Knoxville’s WDVX Blue Plate Special Show on Monday, June 27th.  This will be a live on air radio performance which I’m hoping to get some video of as well.  It should be available streaming online via their website.  Also, I’m thinking of starting a monthly video update soon via Youtube, so please check back for more info on that.  Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the support as always!

.:New Live Dates, “Open Mic” Tour Continues, Nashville Band Show Coming Up

Hey all, sorry it’s been a bit since my last post. Just want to say it’s been great meeting so many folks over the last few weeks and months. I’ve started playing a mixture of solo acoustic coffeehouse shows and writers’ nights in as many places as I can within a long nights’ drive of Nashville (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Johnson City, etc.). Special thanks to you all who’ve helped put gas in the car by purchasing CD’s–that’s been huge!
There are a couple cool shows I’m looking forward to here in Nashville over the next couple weeks for those of you looking to get out and about. This Sunday I’ll be playing an unsigned writer’s showcase at The Bluebird, and on Tuesday the 22nd I’ll be playing a full band show at The Rutledge for The Billy Block Show. Nick Buda (drums), Tim Marks (bass), Jen Gunderman (keys), and Shawn Byrne (guitar) are all onboard for The Rutledge show, so it ought to be well worth the $5 ticket price. Many thanks to Billy Block as well for continuing to play “The Hometown Blues” on his Sunday night radio show (WKDF 103.3FM in Nashville). As always, hope all is well with everyone and thanks for checking in!

.:“Magnolia Road” Named To Multiple Best-of-2010 Americana Album Lists, WKDF On-Air Radio Performance On Tap, New Live Video Of “Follow Me Down”

Hope everyone had a great holiday season–thanks to everyone who came out to the December band show at the Basement! It was really great to play for such a packed house that night. Several other great bands that night as well. There’s a video currently up on the Facebook page and soon to be up on this site of our opening song that night, “Follow Me Down,” courtesy of Kevin Kaz. Thanks Kevin!
Looks like I’ll be performing a song or two live on Nashville’s WKDF 103.3FM for Billy Block’s locals spotlight radio show on 1/16/11 at 6:00pm. I’m really excited for the opportunity and looking forward to it. Billy also runs a live show over at The Rutledge here in Nashville which I’m hoping to get booked on sometime in February.
Also, found out this past week that “Magnolia Road” was named one of the top 30 Americana albums of 2010 by both Chip Frazier at the great “Amber Waves of Twang” blog and by Jan Eiesland over at the cool Norwegian Americana blog “No Deal Music.” Huge thanks to both of them for taking the time to listen to the record and give it some extra attention.
As always, thanks for checking in!

.:CD Review: Americana-UK | Pat Anderson “Magnolia Road

Nashville is full of good artists, mediocre artists and “buckle and hat” artists, who are usually not much cop. Anderson is in the former camp.
Originating from Oklahoma, Anderson’s press release states his influences as Steve Earle, T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is an impressive list, but can he hold his own amongst such illustrious company? Whilst it’s virtually impossible to produce an album that comes anywhere near the heady heights of his influences, Anderson has had a good go. A folksinger at heart, this album encompasses all things Americana. Hell he’s even done a bluegrass down tempo banjo version of Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’, which works. Anderson says “They say you should write about what you know. There’s a lot that I don’t know, but I do know what it feels like to laugh, cry, love, sweat, bleed, win, and lose; to be hungry for something better. Those are the things that make us human, good and bad – those are the things I’m trying to get a handle on in these songs.” And that’s a good philosophy to have and “Magnolia Road” covers all he knows. ‘Martinsville’ provides tales of people struggling with the desperate existence of life, ‘She’s The One’ is the melancholic ballad, whereas opener ‘Follow Me Down’ is one of the obligatory rockers. Eleven tracks that take this album out of mediocrity into the aforementioned artists’ territory. Anderson is definitely on his way.

By Phil Edwards: Americana-UK.com

.:CD Review: Pat Anderson | Magnolia Road

I listen to Pat Anderson and am reminded of how really great Nashville could be if they could only shake themselves loose from that formula-driven pap they seem to have latched onto. Give them a hit and they will surely run it into the ground quick enough, trying to squeeze that blood from the proverbial turnip and thus assure themselves of their jobs at least until the next generation of accountants and lawyers step in to squeeze the turnip even harder. I have nothing against the likes of Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, but my God, can we make a little room up top? Nashville is overrun with amazingly talented artists who are symbolically kicked to the curb by the corporate “experts” of Modern Country, most of which isn’t country anyway. Singing with an accent and wearing a fancy cowboy hat makes the music country no more than does a banjo and a mandolin make bluegrass.

That said, there is no doubt that some great music is coming out of Nashville, some of it even from major labels. A little of it. Very little, now that I think about it— at least compared to the Indies. The difference? As far as I can tell, the Indie artists have freedom to record and write music for music’s sake. Major label artists seem to crank their songs out of a machine. No soul. Most of it, anyway— as far as I can tell— kinda.

If you want soul— not the genre but the feeling— Pat Anderson gives it to us in spades on his new album Magnolia Road. There is a touch of twang in his music and some crunch as well, but it changes from track to track and even within some tracks. He rocks, he rolls, he kicks ass and he countries it up but all with a touch which is distinctly beyond formula. Which is a long way around saying that he is a musician as well as a writer and he writes like he was born to it.

Anderson caught my ear right off on the lead-off track Follow Me Down with an almost Free sounding intro— guitar and electric piano a la a couple of songs off of the Heartbreaker album— so much so that in that few seconds I prepared myself to hear Paul Rodgers’ voice. While Rodgers did not appear, Anderson did and his voice is as pleasant if not as distinctive, carrying the song through an easy rocking 3:44. I was impressed, as I was by the tracks that followed— the country rocking The Hometown Blues, an easy rocker which would lay back any country or rock crowd; Six Spent Shells, a rocker with a hook (love the solid dueling rhythm guitars with slide guitar on top); the dramatic Martinsville, an ode to the trials of life which to some seem trivial and to others are everything; and Anderson’s amazingly outstanding Americana take on Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In the Dark, a song I thought I never wanted to hear again until I heard this.

And then there is the personal attachment I have formed toward She’s the One. The first time I heard it I thought I heard something familiar and it produced a mind itch. There were remnants of early Chris Isaak there, and I dearly love Isaak’s first solo album, but it wasn’t him. I listened and listened and racked my brain and almost had it a number of times, and then it hit me. It wasn’t Isaak at all but Audrey Martell, a singer more known for her soul and R&B roots than anything else. Years ago, Martell sent me a copy of her then new album titled Life Line and I was totally knocked out by it, especially a track titled Heaven Is Hell. There is an ethereal beauty to that song which really got under my skin and I spent days playing it between albums I needed to review. I could not get enough and still backtrack to listen when I have the time gets away from me all too often these days, even as the urge builds. She’s the One is a mirror image of Heaven Is Hell (the sound, not the song) and I am amazed at how similar the guitar sound and the chord progressions are and would be even more amazed if Anderson had ever heard of Martell, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. The point is that like Heaven Is Hell, She’s the One is one of those songs I will never be able to forget and will never want to. An instant classic.

Not only that, it has a Will Kimbrough sound to it as well. What? I forgot to mention that Kimbrough played the session? Well, he did and I can’t help but hear his influence on a couple of the songs. Toss She’s the One or Six Spent Shells anywhere on Kimbrough’s standout Wings album and, but for the voice, you wouldn’t notice. Whether Anderson just has a similar gene that kicks in on certain songs or whether Kimbrough really did have an influence is anybody’s guess. Doesn’t matter. What’s good is good.

And Magnolia Road is not only good, it’s damn good. It’s Wings good, at the very least. Anderson is a noteworthy songwriter and if he never gets better, he is already plenty good. Of course, I expect better. One thing that makes these songs special is their depth— their ability to carry the listener away. On the gut level, they kick the crap out of 99% of the major label Nashville fare. Don’t believe it? All it takes is a sample or two. Do it now and maybe in the near future you will be telling everyone that you knew him when (and if you buy the CD, you’ll have physical proof). Just a suggestion, but a good one.

By Frank O. Gutch, Jr.: RockandReprise.net

.:December Band Show In Nashville, More “Magnolia Road” Reviews

For all you Middle Tennessee folk, I’ve just booked a short band show in Nashville at the Basement’s New Faces Night on 12/21. Really looking forward to that one and hoping to parlay a good show there into a full set down the road. The Basement is one of my favorite live music places in town–great sound, cheap beer, good crowd, etc. Grimey (Mike Grimes) is doing it right down there, not that he needs my endorsement, but he’s got it.
Also, got a few more positive reviews on “Magnolia Road” lately. Thanks to David McGee (www.TheBluegrassSpecial.com) and Simon (www.Beat-Surrender.com) in particular over the last week. Check out their sites if you’ve a mind. Here endeth the update–thanks!

.:CD Review: Beat-Surrender.com | Pat Anderson “Magnolia Road”

Like to introduce you to a great début album of roots tinged rock and balladry from Nashville based singer-songwriter Pat Anderson – this eleven track album features nine Anderson original compositions, a track by the prolific “trad,” and an excellent reworking of Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark.

Anderson often performs solo with his trusty acoustic guitar and harmonica for company but on the album he’s got some Grade A support from Nick Buda (drums, percussion), ex-Jayhawk Jen Gunderman (piano, organ, accordion, harmonium) Tim Marks (bass), Rob McNelley (electric guitar) and multi-instrumentalist and Americana gun for hire Will Kimbrough (electric guitar, mandolin, banjo).

The album’s quality shines from beginning to end, kicking things off with a guitar drenched rocker Follow Me Down and ending with the title track Magnolia Road where a more economic sound wraps itself loosely around the words, in the age of downloads the art of track sequencing sometimes gets overlooked to the detriment of a body of songs, this album manages to shift up and down the gears with ease bringing the best out of the collection on show.

By Simon: Beat-Surrender.com

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