Pat Green

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It’s impossible to know your limits without testing them.

It’s a truth that Pat Green has employed in his career, one that has propelled him to repeatedly refashion his sound, his approach and his own perception of who he is.

He’s simultaneously a Grammy-nominated hit maker with an outsider reputation, a Texas inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.

Each of those roles has its own place. But each of them is too small to define Pat Green, who after 15 years in the recording business has earned the right to be everything Pat Green can be. Without limitations.

“I’d much rather be me and comfortable in my own skin than trying to be five different guys to get to the top,” he says.

In fact, after building a reputation as an ace songwriter of his own material, Green is fighting even that limitation with Songs We Wish We’d Written II, a sequel to a 2001 album he recorded with longtime friend—and fellow Texan—Cory Morrow.

Stocked with music penned by the likes of Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty, Shelby Lynne and Jon Randall, the disc—Green’s first for the acclaimed Sugar Hill label—mixes country, rock and blues in a manner that defies categorization. Petty’s “Even The Losers” and Collective Soul’s “The World I Know” will be familiar to just about anyone who gives the album a listen. Others, such as Aaron Lee Tasjan’s quirky “Streets Of Galilee” and Todd Snider’s burning “I Am Too,” are introductions from the underground to a large majority of music fans.

Songs We Wish We’d Written II is an expansive step in Green’s ongoing development. By piecing together songs from a variety of writers, he was able to assemble an album that reflects the multiple genres that influence him as an artist. The source of the songs wasn’t as important as the quality of the music and its ability to connect with Green’s maturing sense of his craft.

“If you listen to my young music or anybody’s young music, it’s all over the place,” he suggests. “It sounds like that because the thoughts are all over the place. You were sleeping on mattresses on the floor, the TV was on a cinderblock – that’s all cool. That’s all we needed, then. Now, I’ve grown up a bit.  As my life has evolves, my taste for music continues to evolve with it.”

While Green was looking for songs for the album from outside sources, he was adamant about recording music that ultimately seemed designed specifically for him and his band. With drummer Justin Pollard co-producing, Green drew up an initial list of 10 titles and recorded them during a concentrated week of sessions in Austin. They tracked another five in Tyler, Texas, then culled the best to get the final 10 cuts on Songs We Wish We’d Written II, creating a cohesive package from disparate sources.

“We all just sat around discussing and if somebody’s idea would sound better than my idea, I’d get fixated on it,” Green says. “I would very much encourage them to bring an idea. For instance, the Walt Wilkins song ‘If It Weren’t For You,’ that was somebody else’s idea completely. There were all kinds of ideas going around from Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Colin Hay from Men at Work – all kinds of crazy stuff from the ‘80s. Of course, we ended up with Petty from 1979.”

They also ended up with a stellar list of guests. Collective Soul’s Ed Roland brings an authentic cynicism to “The World I Know,” Jack Ingram’s threads a snarling desperation into “I Am Too,” Cory Morrow adds a craggy earthiness to “If I Had A Boat,” and former Sons of the Desert member Drew Womack adds a smooth, Vince Gill-like presence as a backing vocalist on the driving “Austin.”

Monte Montgomery provides a thick, expressive blues voice on the Allman Brothers’ “Soulshine” and trades licks with Green’s guitarist, Chris Skrobot, in some of the most riveting moments on Written II, with their dueling lines careening like pinballs.

Skrobot also introduced Green to Aaron Lee Tasjan, who’s something of a new discovery on the album. Tasjan’s “Streets Of Galilee” combines a seemingly random parade of images into an escapist story while Tasjan makes a wry vocal appearance, adding an ethereal presence in the mold of AAA talent Brett Dennen.

“Aaron is a super guy, an amazing talent, and he has a band in New York called The Madison Square Gardeners, so he’s obviously a very funny, very clever human being,” Green assesses. “He’s definitely the kind of writer I really enjoy listening to.”

“Galilee,” “Soulshine,” “Jesus On A Greyhound” and the imagery in “Austin” combine to form a spiritual undercurrent on the album akin to the message of Green’s biggest hit, “Wave On Wave.” It’s appropriate – Green spent much of the last two years searching his conscience as he battles the prism of limitations that were created by his own successes in Texas, and on a national stage.

And in a way, Songs We Wish We’d Written II is the first chapter in the next act of his career.

“There’s a man inside of me now that didn’t used to live here, whereas there was only a boy before,” he says. “The boy was so strong and had done so much, so I’m kind of seeing things in a new way. The last couple years have really been an eye opener, much more intense and richer.”

That’s a large statement – Green’s life and career have already been filled with rich experiences. He’s co-written songs with Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Jewel and Rob Thomas. Appeared on such national TV shows as Austin City Limits, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show With David Letterman. Been hailed by Billboard, USA Today, Esquire, People and Country Weekly. Toured with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Dave Matthews Band. And become a concert force in his own right, regularly selling out venues from Los Angeles to New York, where he’s now sold out his last seven appearances.

All of that is impressive. But it’s also history. As much as he appreciates it, Green puts it in his place on his cover of “Even The Losers,” where he highlights a lyric that Petty obscured in the original: “It’s such a drag when you’re living in the past.”

Green may be recognized for those past achievements, but he doesn’t intend to be limited by them as he continues to progress creatively. And that progress will come by simply testing what it means to be Pat Green.

“I want to be me,” he says. “There are so many people who live with so many masters in their lives. I really just need one.”

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Pat Green  06/03/2009            
I screwed up that was suppose to be 1 star on my original post. "I gave up on Nashville a long time ago". What a joke. What's next Pat?? How about a duet with Carrie Underwood?? That should really set your career on fire. I mean if selling out isn't enough.
Pat Green  06/03/2009            
Can you say SELLOUT. YEA Pat sold out to Nashville. I find it hard to enjoy his old music now. On this album he has the same producer that Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban have. Absolutely horrible. Hey Pat enjoy your fame,but don't mess with Texas.
Pat Green  06/02/2009            
Everyone needs to go back and listen to Dancehall Dreamer, that is the true Pat Green.
Pat Green  06/02/2009            
Its real simple the man did what he had to do to make it.... If your a true pat green fan then you will like his music no matter where it comes from (Nashville or Texas). Don't down the man for going to nashville trying to make some money doing what he loves. If you don't like his music then don't buy his cd's but put yourself in his shoes before you talk trash about him and try to be human if at all possible.
Pat Green  05/25/2009            
sold out.........
Pat Green  04/20/2009            
Well pat music has changed the last 2 or 3 cds but he needs to make a living just like the rest of us. So if he is making better mony now then back when he first started why not. yeah his new music is alright. I do like some of his new music from his cd's since his "three days" cd came out. Well Pat maybe your next cd can like some of your older music.
Pat Green  04/15/2009            
State of Texas
im gonna make this post short as some people can't read past 4 lines. Wave on Wave= "best period"...umm no. It sounds like Kenny Chesney mixed with U2. If you were as passionate about his music as i was before he got Nash'd (before 3 days) then you would feel that he sold out too. and as for "getting married and not partying"- not a sin. but for all you who think he has quit singing about drinking and partying...wrong. he just sings about drinking champagne and partying with the rest of nashville. and for Mr "quit your bitchin," this is a are allowed to bitch
Pat Green  04/08/2009            
I have seen Pat play two shows in Missouri/Kansas and one was at the state fair. At the state fair no one was there for Pat (except my family of course) and he played the songs people would recognize. In January I saw Pat play in Lawrence, KS and he sang "Songs about Texas" and his other older songs. The enitre place was sold out and Pat was the only headliner, the opening act was unknown (but good). So Pat played all his stuff from his first album to some new stuff. he knows how to tailor his show to who he is playing so everyone will have a good time. And can you blame him for getting married and no longer wanting to write about getting drunk and partying? That's like asking a ten year old to sit nice and watch barney. People get older. If you don't like it fine just quit your bitchin'.
Pat Green  04/04/2009            
ali sue
It really disgusts me to see how people insult pat. If you liked him then and not as much now, then that's fine, be respectful about it. He is doing what he loves, and if you compare songs like "Feeling Pretty Good Tonight" and "In the Middle of the Night" to the songs on the Wave on Wave album (his best,period) they are very similar material. those songs are of the same type of thing you have ccr, and mmc, and wade bowen,and rrb, are singing about. it's all what lonestar music is about now. sorry to break it to you, but there is more to music than just pride in texas. much more. I give Pat all the props and he should never take those harsh comments to heart, because for every stupid little insult from a person, Pat, You've got a million positive comments from twice as many fans. One big fan, who shares the passion in your music, is worth every 20 fans that have given up on your music.
Pat Green  04/01/2009            
wow! thats way too long to read your useless post!
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