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 think...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!

You’re invited (heck, the whole world’s invited) to join me as I celebrate the release of my new CD, “When I Was Your Age…” on Sunday, November 25th inside Threadgill’s World Headquarters on Riverside Drive in Austin, Texas.  I’ve assembled some talented friends to help me play songs from the CD, and of course there’ll be copies for you to purchase at a special CD release party price (can you say holiday gifts?).  We’ll start up at the very reasonable hour of 8PM, and then at 9 or so I’ll accompany talented guitarist and singer John Inmon as he plays a set of his own stuff.  So please come on out.

 And if for some reason you can’t make it down (California’s too far?) you can watch the festivities streaming live at www.threadgills.tv (and if you miss that, it will be archived there, available for viewing, for eternity)

 You can also hear me yak and perform some of the new songs live on KOOP radio (91.7 fm, www.koop.org )10AM Tuesday, and KDRP radio(100.1 fm, www.kdrplive.org )  9AM Friday.  Wow. Media blitz.  Thanks for listening!

 

It's time once again to celebrate the music of Gram Parsons at the 6th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot.

On November 5th at Threadgill’s World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, an impressive collection of performers will gather from 7 to 10:30PM to celebrate the music of Gram Parsons, benefiting the Americana Music Association and the Gram Parsons Foundation.
 
Host Patterson Barrett will lead the house band, as invited guest artists perform their favorite Gram Parson’s songs in this annual musical homage to the man whose influence on the artists and music of today’s Americana movement is still felt today. This is not only a night for Parson’s fans to remember, but an opportunity for those not familiar with his music to hear and enjoy it for the first time.
 
This year’s event will benefit the Americana Music Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the genre of music that Parsons helped define, and the Gram Parsons Foundation.
 
As anyone who has attended previous shows will attest, this evening promises to be a wonderful time for all, filled with great music and memorable performances.

Click here for details

Ok, happy birthday to my mother, Bunnie Barrett, who left this world way too soon (29 years ago) AND happy birthday to my latest CD "When I Was Your Age..."

The powers that make So' Fish Records run have decreed the store open for business! Please, no running or shoving, there are plenty of copies for everyone!

And what a week it was. I went with only with the intention of yakking to folks about the upcoming CD and seeing friends and peers. I ended up Driving Miss Anna (Egge), who found me while looking for the bus into town from the airport. We discovered we had many mutual friends and musical collaborators, were introduced to some new ones, and heard some great music.

Then I got a phone call from Jim Lauderdale asking if I'd like to play with him and the North Mississippi All Stars for his showcase. Well, yeah! It turned out to be a great gig, with legendary Muscle Shoals musician and producer David Hood on bass and a killer horn section. We played songs from an as yet unreleased CD Jim recorded with the N. MS. All Stars with lyrics by frequent Grateful Dead contributor Robert Hunter; really cool.

With lots of wonderful music in between, I finished out my time in Nashville by recording a segment for the new Buddy & Jim Radio Show on Outlaw Country. I'll let you know when it will air, sometime in October.

Whew— now to the business of releasing a CD, "When I Was Your Age..." out October 2nd. See you soon!

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