Bi-municipal, that is. I now have a residence in both Austin and Nashville. In an effort to expand my career and musical reach, I've been spending a good bit of my time in Nashville since last fall. During that time, I've been in the studio producing tracks (Renee Wahl), playing on other projects (Julie Christensen, Brian Langlinais), appeared in the ABC-TV series Nashville both onscreen and on soundtracks, and traveled—a bunch: Switzerland, Germany, South Carolina, Kansas City, Lafayette LA, Mexico. I'm still seeing what kind of trouble I can get into here in "Music City, USA", so stay tuned!

In looking at this here website of mine, I can't believe I haven't written anything since Spring! Well, let's see...I'm leaving for Switzerland and Germany tomorrow for performances of my own stuff and with Stephanie Urbina Jones and Augie Meyer. I've got lots of things to report...I'll write about them soon! In the meantime, thanks for listening!

Looking back, I see that in addition to my recurring Wednesday nights at the Saxon Pub in Austin with Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros, I've played some with Noel McKay & Brennen Leigh, Craig Marshall (both live and in the Studio), Steady Freddie Krc (recently elected to the office of president for the Austin chapter of the musicians union), Texas guitar legend John Inmon, played numerous events with Stephanie Urbina Jones (including a festival in San Miguel deAllende, Mexico), was part of a Lost Gonzo Band reunion, some Austin All-Stars shows, some shows with Denim, accompanied Brian Pounds (recently voted off the Voice), newcomer Micah Wagner, and played alongside Well Worn Soles (a duo featuring my son Emerson).

I also found time to sing some of my own songs, most notably at the International Folk Alliance Festival & Conference and the infamous Bluebird Café.

I'll try and write about any future gigs before they happen, so you can make a plan to come and listen. I promise to try and do better. Thanks all!

The Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot was wonderful; lot's of folks proclaiming it  "...the best yet!"  Look for audio and video from the show to be posted soon. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year (Sunday, November 2nd, 2014).

Now it's time to finish out a very good year. Among the many great gigs I get to play on a somewhat regular basis, I'm looking forward to sharing the evening with my son Emerson at the New World Deli on December 17th. We'll be joined by his friend and singing partner Chelsea Dix Kessler. Sounds like fun? It sure does to me! I'm also eagerly anticipating the Barn Dance at Leeann Atherton's,  where I'll play with Georgia based songstress Caroline Aiken and my ol' buddy John Inmon, in addition to singing a set of my own songs. Check out the calendar page for info about all this and more.

It's time to celebrate Gram Parson's birthday! I do this each year by hosting a show here in Austin featuring some of the best musicians in town (I ain't lyin'...or even exagerating!) performing Gram Parson's music. It's this Sunday, November 3, at Threadgill's World Headquarters. We'll open the doors at 6, music will start at 7, and continue non-stop until 10:30. Click here for details, including the line-up. You don't want to miss it! And listen to KOOP radio Friday morning at 11amCST to hear me and some of my friends singing Gram's praises on Miz Pearl's General Store.

Well, let me start by saying the drive from Austin to South Carolina's Atlantic coast is...long. I arrived last night and I'm poised to begin my little Autumn tour tonight with an appearance at the Pawley Island Tavern. This trip also includes playing the wonderful South By Southeast concert series in Myrtle Beach, and that will be great—it's on my birthday, and I'll be joined onstage by my son Emerson, his musical partner Chelsea Dix Kessler, my longtime pal Jonathan "Doc" Simons and his son Daniel. We'll finish up the weekend with The Grand Strand Tribute To The Band, a show put together by Jonathan to celebrate the music of The Band. Then it's on to Nashville for a couple of performances before heading home to get ready for the 7th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot! More about that soon...

Well I certainly had fun playing yesterday for WDVX's Blue Plate Special. Hostess Red Hickey was charming, the sound was great, the audience appreciative—and being joined by my son was a real treat! Emerson even sang one of his own. In case you missed it, you can hear an archive of the show by going here and selecting September 12th's show. It's available until 9/25/13. I'll put it up somewhere after that. Our segment starts around 22 minutes into the show. I'd love it, if after listening, you'd go to the guestbook and tell me what you know, if you like it that is. Or not. But maybe constructive criticism. OK, I'm done talking.

Taking a shower in Europe is a challenge for this Americana artisit. I know, "oh, poor Patterson has to struggle to keep himself properly bathed while flitting about in Italy, Switzerland and France..."

You're absolutely right. I'm having a great time playing some dates with Stephanie Urbina Jones, and we are being treated graciously, wonderfully fed, seeing some amazing sights...everything so fantastic. Sure, the showers are small, as in the size of the one in your Grandpa's RV—I don't know how anybody washes their feet here—but everyone should have such problems.

Soon enough (July 29th), I'll be back home in Austin Texas, taking a nice, long shower in my spacious American bathroom, after spending the afternoon trying to find shelter from the blazing summer sun, and spending the evenings inhabiting the numerous local music hotspots, listening to and playing the music I love.

Life is good; mine, at least. Here's hoping you should be so lucky!

Spring in Austin comes early, and we've certainly been enjoying it here. But I'm going to chase spring around the east coast with some wonderful gigs during the first part of April. Washington DC, NYC, NJ and a couple stops in Tennessee are all on my list, so check out the Calendar page for details!

Original Christmas song out of the attic for another year!

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