Like everyone else probably does, I was scrolling through Facebook the other day looking at all the different posts and I came across one of Pat Ballard’s posts about him putting his songs up on ReverbNation. Pat happens to be the main DJ over at Madisonville’s on Power Rock 93.9 WKTG. He can be heard on the “Out to Lunch” program…But he is also a Singer and Songwriter.
And so like I usually do when I see a local video or music player showcasing local talent I give it a listen. Most of the time the songs are “ok”. Not that I am an authority of music. I just know what I like and don’t like… I tried to “make it” in the business and despite some close calls nothing ever came through. So here I am still trying and running to Nashville all the time… but back to my story about Pat. I saw Pat’s ReverbNation player and I hit the play button…
I gave it a listen and man do I have to say “WOW!!!”,
His music is kinda folksy, honest, heart felt, Americana, and more… It reminded me of John Melloncamp and his Midwest “feel”. It’s not Hollywood. Nothing wrong with Hollywood but Hollywood for the most part is fake. Pat’s music is real, down home stuff. You can sit on a front porch and enjoy it with a glass of lemonade or cold beer and watch the sun go down.
His influences? I dunno but I hear Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, John Melloncamp, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and maybe some Michael Stipe all wrapped up in there just to name a few… And those are good influences to have.
If have a few minutes here is the ReverbNation player. Sit back and hit play. I don’t think you will be disappointed. I keep hitting the repeat button on it. My favorite is the “Back Home Blues”. So as I tip back a glass of cold beer and sit on my front porch! Cheers!
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