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For a man whose new album begins with a powerful song called “Footsteps of Our Fathers,” Pat Green has blazed his own trail in a way that few artists today can claim. Even with all the artistic and popular success he has experienced along the way, What I’m For is the stirring sound of Pat Green arriving as a major American singer-songwriter who has managed to make his own way in country music and beyond.
True to the title of this latest, greatest and decidedly lived-in album, Pat Green has accomplished all this by truly knowing what he’s for -- and what he’s against too. He’s done it by daring to follow his own strong gut instincts as an artist, and more than ever before on What I’m For, Green has done it by making music that honestly reflects his own attempt in his mid-thirties to actually grow up and walk like a man -- one very human footstep at a time.
“I really do think of What I’m For as an album by husband and father,” Green says
So when it came time to make What I’m For, Green set himself some grown-up goals.
“I wanted to make a perfectly circular record -- one that you could just put on repeat and really live with for a while,” he explains. “But I also feel like my ultimate mission here was to beat the Wave On Wave album.”
The Wave On Wave album – with its enduring and moving smash title track – was released in 2003 and spread the word of Green’s remarkable talent far beyond the Texas borders where he had first established himself as a talent to reckon with back in the late nineties. By then, Green’s charismatic live performances were already evoking comparison to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffet, among others.
“If I listen to Wave on Wave correctly, I’d say that I was very young writing those songs, but they were still good songs,” Green says. “Now I feel like I’ve finally come into my own and I want to write songs by a man, by a father, by a guy that kind of has a handle on the situation. And as far as I’m concerned, What I’m For is the best album I’ve ever done, and it does beat Wave on Wave, at least for me.”
What I’m For is the sound of Pat Green, just the way he is today, walking in footsteps of his own making, with respect for the past but his eyes very much on the future.
Pat Green will perform on Jan. 14. The Bellamy Brothers will also be performing. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Las Palmas Race Park is located at 7509 N. Taylor Rd. in Mission.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at http://www.laspalmasracepark.com/events/, at Cavender’s, Melhart Music Center, or by calling 1-877-772-5425. Tickets are $35 at the gate.
For his full bio and samples of music, you can find Pat Green online at http://patgreen.com/.
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