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  01/27/2009            
Pat's new CD is awesome! I love every song.
Pat Green  01/27/2009            
OnlyGiGi much hatin' goin' on.... Congrats Pat on showing your musical diversity. I'm glad to see you refuse to get stuck in other people's musical ruts...
Pat Green  01/27/2009            
I think Pat meant for "Country Star" to be tongue-in-cheek or possibly even self-parody. It sure doesn't come off that way though. Blech. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and no matter what his intentions "Country Star" is just a bad song. The one decent song on the record, "Footsteps of Our Fathers", contains the word "shit". It's ironic that the best tune would also contain a one word summation of this effort.
Pat Green  01/27/2009            
pat green used to be one of my favorite tx music artists, now he is a sell out wrighting nashville songs. this album is horrible
Pat Green  01/25/2009            
sounds like keith urban. killed carry on. have fun with nashville
Pat Green  01/23/2009            
This is by far his best Nashville work to date. Yes he's from Texas, but his music is not. I wish him luck with this CD nationwide. But you can keep this trash out of Texas.
Pat Green  01/18/2009            
Texas Girl
This is some of Pat's best work yet. "What I'm For" is an awesome song. "Country Star" is a great tongue in cheek poke at the Biz. If you don't get it now, you never will. PG is pure talent and pure Texas!!!! LOVE IT :-)
Pat Green  01/16/2009            
CN 09
I do agree with the views on the re-do of Carry On, along with the number of tracks on the new CD but to dog the CD before it even comes out? Come on guys, don't base your thoughts on 15 second clips of each song, your selling Pat short but more importantly yourselves. Seriously 'Lostin Austin', I have heard Country Star all the way through and it is not about him shmoozing with Tim McDouche, Faith what's her face and Kenny All My Songs Sound the Same Chesnuts, it's poking fun at all the people who think that to make it in the biz they have to dress up like a cowboy and move to Nashville. If you're still hating on this album, go to Pat's myspace and listen to the song What I'm For. If that song doesn't send chills down your arms, bring a tear to your eye, and hit the nerve that Pat's old stuff did, then you need to think about moving to another state because I'm pretty sure the lyrics sound like something straight out of Cpt. Augustus McCrae's mouth. (and if you don't know who that is then you are absolutely not a True-Texan)
Pat Green  01/12/2009            
Dear Pat, I have always enjoyed your music. Live at Billy Bob's is a cd that I could leave in my player for years and never get tired of, and Three Days is turned me on to pure Texas Country. But I couldnt help but notice how listeners who bought Let Me also bought Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney. Now, I dont want to be one of those ignorant guys who complains about how much they miss the "old" Pat Green, and disses you for "progressing" as an artist, but I think had I not bought all your cds before I dont think you would stand out now. Maybe the RascallFlatts-listening soccer moms will come down to see you at Gruene Hall, grab a shiner and chant "Pat FN Green!", but I think i'll spend my money watching somebody that still wants to put out pure unfiltered Texas Music. -good luck
Pat Green  01/10/2009            
Great album from pat, i love all the songs. just listen to the previews, youll be sold.
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