1. Hello Patrick can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?Well, I’ve pretty much always been a musician. I began playing guitar around 11 and before that, I was a pretty average kid always playing soccer and stuff. Before I began pursuing the artist thing, I spent a few years as a lead guitar player for a few acts around town. In 2018, I broke off to do my own thing, but I still will join in with my friends as their guitar player here in there. Over the past few years I have also been pursuing a football-coaching career as well. I spent 3 seasons at Franklin High School in Franklin, TN and recently, I was hired at Lipscomb Academy for the 2019 season. Outside of country, I have a heart for worship music. I played at my home church St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Madison, MS my whole life and I still do when I go home. When I came to Nashville, I really looked hard for a church to assist in Worship with. That lead me to Brentwood UMC and Otter Creek in Brentwood, TN. I am very thankful for my musical gifts and playing in worship has been such a great way to give back.
2.When did you realize you wanted a career in country music? Probably when I was really young. Almost immediately after I began playing guitar, I knew I wanted to do this. I remember watching Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” video one summer and saying “I wanna do that!” I remember seeing Bon Jovi and just being blown away by their presence and ability to have the crowd feeding from the whole band and I knew I wanted to be those guys.
3. How did you come up with the name of your most recent album “Friday Night Hallelujah?”Haha so that’s a funny story. I had heard the phrase in another song and I thought that was such an interesting idea because it could be it’s own song and everyone has his or her own version of a “Friday Night Hallelujah.” Whether it’s a beach, a bar, a farm, everyone has their own escape. The idea then grew to were the songs on this album the songs that you would hear on your Friday Night escape? It’s a soundtrack to a Friday night party.
4. What is your favorite song off your newest album?. Ooh good question, I love so many of these songs for so many reasons. I do favor “Daydream” quite a bit. Daydream is a total beach party anthem about living your best life and forgetting about the constant drag of living a life that you don’t want. The funny story about this song was that I actually wrote the majority of the song at work while I was sitting at my desk. Haha guess I was literally daydreaming about my daydream!
5. What was the first country album you ever bought?Wow I haven’t thought about that in a while. I’m pretty sure it was “When the Sun Goes Down” by Kenny Chesney. I mentioned how “I Go Back” was the song that made me want to pursue this and that was on that album. Pretty soon after that I bought “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley and that album really inspired me to hone in on my guitar skills and between guys like Brad, Keith Urban, Richie Sambora, they are why there are so many guitar antics throughout my music.
6. What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?Well I’m fresh off playing at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS. That was my first venue to headline and I had a great buddy and talented musician, Anse Rigby, open for me. We had an incredible night. It was so cool to go back home after the success of this album and celebrate with my friends and family from my whole life. Around Nashville, I really love playing writers nights. I’m a big fan of the Bluebird Café’ and the Listening Room. Last year we hit the festival circuit pretty hard and had a chance to play at the Franklin BBQ Festival and they were so welcoming and took great care of the band and me.
7. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?I’m working on a doing a Christmas release this fall/winter. I’m pretty sure what I’m going to do, but I can absolutely promise it’s going to be so guitar-driven it’s not even funny haha. I am working on a music video as well, that feels like the next best step for me. I’m always writing and working on new stuff, but it’ll probably be next year before I release anything new. I don’t wanna diminish the importance and the success of “Friday Night Hallelujah.”
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?“If you see a turtle on a fence post, it probably had help getting there.”– Brad Paisley. Brad said that during his CMA Entertainer of the year speech and I’ve always loved it. I used to think that all of this was based off one person, but it truly takes a team of great people that work together and collaborate well for this to really work.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?I’m just grateful for where this is all headed. It has almost been a year since I released my first EP. I remember hoping that people would just like it; I didn’t think it would ever chart on iTunes and take me places like it has so fast. I’m truly grateful and blessed for where I’m at and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!