Jook Joint Preacher
Pat was born in South Texas and raised in Eastern Oklahoma. He is a mixture of Cherokee, Celtic, and Creole. He first danced with a girl at a birthday party in 1961, to a 45 rpm of Jimmie Reed. He has been in love with blues, soul, R&B ever since. His father bought him a Stella guitar the same year and he began a life long journey that has taken him to Australia, Europe and all over the Americas. Being genetically related to people of three different racial backgrounds, he has always been involved in social justice struggles, which has allowed him to use music to give himself and others a voice when something needs to be said. He has personally witnessed the healing power of music in diverse, and sometime adverse, settings. Pat has a deeply spiritual philosophy about music, and feels that music is underestimated as a force for good in the world. His forthcoming CD is titled "Jook Joint Preacher". All of the songs are original and bear witness to his spirituality. The album has several solo songs in the bottleneck style and several others that feature members of the famous "Hi Rhythm " in Memphis, Tennessee. Pat's influences are Jimmie Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T_Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, B B King, Freddie King, Earl King, Slim Harpo, Booker T and the MGs, Sam and Dave, James Carr, and OV Wright, among others. Pat has had several personal music mentors as well. His father and uncles used to play as did his father-in-law. He met Willie King in the early 80s at Highlander Center (TN) and learned a lot about "Delta" and "Hill Country" styles. He was friends with the late D C Minner, up to the last hour of DC's life . DC had toured with Freddie King and OV Wright and others and taught Pat a lot about the North Texas "Hot Box" style of guitar. Pat has never shied away from musical benefits and has, over the years performed to raise money for environmental groups, domestic violence intervention, Native American prisoners religious rights, rural advocacy, several individuals and families in need, and conceived the Musicians Against Meth Amphetamines project. Pat says, " There are more talented musicians than me, everywhere, but it's hard to find anyone that gets into it like I do. I have enough fun for a whole crowd of folks." Timely and appropriate, and always in the pocket !