Time for new music! 

Well, it's been awhile—5 years—since I've released a full-length record (there was a single in 2020), so I guess it's time. There'll be a new single on May 19th, and the full album on June 16th. It's called I Just Can't Call It Quits, so you can draw your own conclusions. We'll also be revamping the website a bit and adding a store where you can buy music and some other stuff as well, so stay tuned!

I'm A Lucky Man 

Sure, it may go without saying, but the statement contains a greater degree of truth every day.
More and more often, I'm getting to play music of a certain quality (good, that is) with good friends in good places. How cool is that?
And if you're interested enough in what's going on with me, Patterson Barrett, to be reading this, I'll tell you I'm one kidney lighter than I was on May 16th, 2022. Some people who know a lot more than I do about such things decided it (the kidney) might not be up to snuff, and…

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A New Reality 


Yeah, it's hard to write about a world that changes by the hour, but one thing we know for sure, live performances are not going to look the same for some time.  

As of now, no gatherings of people in close proximity are allowed pretty much anywhere. And so we see folks taking to the internet; to listen to recorded music, (which by the way, is often superior to many live performances) and live streams of music performed from artist living rooms, artists of every sort imaginable. Perhaps you'll be able to…

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Do I Smell Spring? 

Well, maybe. Spring comes early in Austin Texas, and I'll be spending much of February and March among the budding Redbud trees, the blooming Peach and Plum, the beautiful Bluebonnets. And of course Spring break, and with it, SXSW, St. Paddy's Day...you know the drill. If not, let me just say it's a great time to visit Austin, just don't expect to drive anywhere quickly. And look me up when you're there!

I'll be playing shows with The Lost Austin Band, Stephanie Urbina Jones, The Texicana Mamas, and who…

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Happy Holidays!? 

Well, judging from my most previous news post, it's been a long dang time since I've had news. Not true! i've been so busy that I haven't been making the time to keep this page up to date. I'm gping to make an early resolution to do more.

I've led Stephanie Urbina Jones' Honky Tonk Mariachis in our 2nd and 3rd appearances on The Grand Ole Opry, produced a record for Libby Koch, I've been to Europe for another month long tour, I've hosted a 13th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot show in Austin... a bunch…

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Spring in Austin 

Back on dry land after sailing to Jamaica and the Yucatan with a bunch of great music makers and fans on the Cayamo cruise, I'll be headed to sunny Austin Texas for SXSW season. I'll be playing some shows of my own as well as with my long-time-sometime-bandmates in Denim, and accompanying Stephanie Urbina Jones, Mary Battiata and who knows who else, finishing the week on St, Patty's Day with the Lost Austin Band. Wow. You can find details on the calendar page. Hoping to see you at a show soon, and as…

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Well, time for another go round. Hey, it started out nicely (for me, at least) playing with folks at the Texas Songwriter's Music Legends Hall Of Fame Awards, including a set with Michael Martin Murphey. A reunion of sorts. Many years ago I would sit in with Michael and his band before I moved to Texas. As a matter of fact, thats where I met my current cohorts in the Lost Austin Band, Bob Livingston and Craig Hillis. The band is keeping Classic Cosmic Country alive doing the songs of 70's Austin and…

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Wow, I've been so darned busy enjoying my wonderful life, I seem to be neglecting to provide insightful updates in this space. Well, just now coming to the end of a great 3 week tour in Scotland with my friend Brian Langlinais. We've each been singing songs from our recent CDs, and thanks to our trusted promoter and guide Rob Ellen, who let's face it, is a little video crazy, you can see a whole bunch of it on my Facebook page. Next up, a festival in Spain with Stephanie Urbina Jones, then some Labor Day…

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2 months so far 

That's right, I've been on the Nationwide Coast-To-Coast Radio Tour for 2 months thus far, and it's sort of flown by. I've visited so many wonderful people, new friends and old (you know who you are), and seen some truly amazing scenery. I've been posting a bunch on my facebook, so check that out. I've still got some radio folks to visit, and I've just released a second single from the record, "Elephant In The Room", which you can listen to at the Words & Music page., along with some background stories and…

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Give'em What They Want released! 

Gosh, I've been so busy setting up everything for the CD release, that I somehow managed to overlook my own website! My bad!

Yes, my latest CD, "Give'em What They Want" saw it's official release last Friday. An early review from No Depression says "

...ready made to endear him to his listener, even on first hearing. Give ‘Em What They Want provides all it promises". You can read the entire review here. Now I'm Nationwide, having embarked on an ambitious coast-to-coast radio tour, with some gigs sprinkled…

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