Patrick - Lead Guitar
Patrick's earliest memories are sitting in front of a late 50's record player, spinning Elvis, Bill Haley and John Denver 45's and singing at the top of his lungs. Somewhere along the way, he picked up a copy of Rush's 1976 masterpiece 2112. When Patrick heard Alex Lifeson’s opening riffs, he knew he had to learn how to play the guitar.
Patrick started taking guitar lessons a couple of years later and hasn't stopped since. Like many guitarists, Patrick started off with the acoustic guitar and quickly became fascinated with the finger style mastery of guitarists like John Fahey and Leo Kottke. More popular music followed in the form of guitarists such as Neil Young, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia and Paul Simon. Somewhere along the way, he picked up a beat-up Telecaster and a Fender Champ and was transported to rock and roll nirvana.
Patrick's first band experience came in his junior year of high school, playing rhythm guitar in a name now forgotten band. The band covered tunes from Stray Cats, Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchet, Mott the Hopple, The Doors and The Vapors.
A seminal moment in Patrick’s life as a musician came when, as a freshman in Austin, Texas, he stumbled into a dive blues bar to find a hot young guitar player doing his thing for an audience of about twenty people. That guitar player was Stevie Ray Vaughan. “My first thought was who in the world is this guy and my second was I am going to quit playing”. Ultimately, Patrick decided not to quit and instead spent the next several years dedicated to learning the blues. SRV was and continues to be a huge influence on Patrick's playing. Although he never met the man, he had numerous close encounters with SRV – ask him about his experience with Number 1.
The 90's saw Patrick living and playing acoustic music in New York City. Patrick wrote and played his own brand of “americana” in bars such as The Back Fence, The Red Lion, C Note, Downtime and a myriad of other local spots. Patrick made a bunch of friends and even learned to play the dobro and the banjo along the way, though he never got away from his love of rock and roll.
These days, Patrick lives on a farm in Sussex County, New Jersey. When not building furniture or tending to his flock (wife and two lovely children plus 100 organic chickens), Patrick sneaks in daily practices on one guitar or another. You might catch him on his front porch, channeling Robert Earl Keene, Pete Anderson or Randy Rhodes. As for musical styles, when it comes to the guitar, for Patrick it's all good.