Occasionally we hear an artist, seemingly working alone, way out in the sticks, who despite less-than-perfect sound quality flat-out knocks us for a loop. That's exactly what happened when we listened to Patterson's "Hey Darlene" and "Melody Strong." Both are so simple, so soulful, so memorable—just a voice, acoustic guitar riffs and basic beat-box percussion is all he has, or needs. Patterson's soul aches, his heart cries and his music—captured in reverb-drenched desolation—emits an aura (absent from his live recording, "Get Away") that is hard to resist. An artist with this much natural potential deserves a producer-engineer who can help him live up to it.
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Style: Country, Americana