20 years is a long time. And on December 5, the Pat Green Band celebrated that anniversary. (Dang, that makes me feel old.) But Pat Green is unarguably one of the mainstays and original leaders of the Texas/Red Dirt scene.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Patrick Craven Green was born April 5, 1972 in San Antonio. Raised in Waco.
In 1995, Pat borrowed money from his parents to record Dancehall Dreamer with Lloyd Maines as producer.
After committing to music, Green drew the attention of Willie Nelson and joined a tour featuring Nelson and several other famous country musicians. Green’s appearance at the 1998 Willie Nelson 4 July Picnic was his first step towards nationwide recognition, and he was soon playing sold out shows in Texas. Pat was sponsored by Miller Lite and sold more than 250,000 albums, BEFORE signing a major label recording contract.
But the big labels came calling and his first major-label recorded album, Three Days was released in 2001. In 2002, Pat appeared on the BIG stage at the Houston Rodeo at the Astrodome with 56,873 fans screaming his name!
Wave on Wave released in 2003, with the title track reaching number 3 on the national radio charts by the end of the year. In late 2004 Lucky Ones was Green’s 3rd and final CD release on the Universal/Republic label.
Pat was also one of the first artists to have to deal with the whole “selling out” claim from so called fans for many years. But thankfully he has learned to take it in stride.
“I think it’s funny that people thought I sold out,” he told Rolling Stone Country. “I’m like, ‘Nothing changed; I just got paid more.’ Certainly, there are times when you’re on a BNA or RCA [label] when they’re like, ‘We’ve gotta polish this up for radio.’ That’s the way it goes. But I think everything else sounded like what I would do, anyway.
It’s been six years since Pat released a new original album and fans were certainly happy to have it! Home was released in August. “With [Home singles] ‘While I Was Away’ and ‘Girls From Texas,’ we weren’t going out there gearing for mainstream country radio at all,” Pat said. “We were going straight at Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana — taking that core audience that is mine and really giving them something for them.”
Pat loves creating and performing music but has also branched out by opening a music venue a few years ago in Dallas called The Rustic. He also spends a lot more time off the road with his family.
When people ask who are the leaders in this scene? Pat’s name and music will always be at the top of that list.
Here’s a listing of his other albums:
- George’s Bar
Release date: June 15, 1997
- Here We Go (Live)
Release date: June 15, 1998
- Live at Billy Bob’s Texas
Release date: April 27, 1999
- Carry On
Release date: February 22, 2000
- Songs We Wish We’d Written (with Cory Morrow)
Release date: March 6, 2001
- Three Days
Release date: October 16, 2001
- Wave on Wave
Release date: July 15, 2003
- Lucky Ones
Release date: October 19, 2004
Release date: August 22, 2006
- What I’m For
Release date: January 27, 2009
- Songs We Wish We’d Written II
Release date: May 8, 2012
Release date: August 14, 2015