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Well, I'm still basking in the warm afterglow of another great Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot, the annual show I host in Austin Texas. So many wonderful singers and players, absolutely perfect weather...what's next? Plenty.

That new cd I've been yakking about for a while will be released March 9th (2018), so I'm gearing up for a bunch of touring to promote the thing, you know, to give the songs a chance to connect with their audience; "On Tour: The Songs Of Patterson Barrett (Accompanied by Patterson Barrett)". 

But before then, I'll be spending a good bit of December playing with Stephanie Urbina Jones in Texas for her Spirit Of Christmas Tour. 

Then I'm honored to be performing a few times at the 30A Songwriter Fest alongside some pretty big time folks (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earl, Patty Griffin, James McMurtry).

And as if that's not enough, I'll be performing on the Cayamo Songwriter Cruise , again with an amazing line-up.

And so much more to come...stay tuned!

I'm sitting in Dulles Airport (Washington, D.C.) with a 6 hour layover.

But don't feel sorry for me; I'll be boarding a plane to Dublin, where I'll begin a 2 1/2 week stroll through Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Switzerland, before jetting back to Nashville just in time for the American Music Association festival and conference. From there, a couple weeks in Austin before going out to San Francisco, where my buddy, Buddy Miller, has invited me to join him in his stage band at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, where we'll be backing up Dan Penn, Bill Anderson, Gurf Morlix, and Lillie Mae. Lots of other stuff coming up after that, not the least of which—The 11th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot in Austin. Stay tuned for more details, and use plenty of sunscreen!

Spring is here! And I get to see it from a variety of vantage points: Austin, where the Bluebonnets are reaching towards the big, warm, sunny sky—when it's not raining. Nashville, with it's crisper, cooler air and so many blooming trees and flowers. New England, with it's last minute snow and Daffodils poking through to collect the lengthening daylight. All this while getting to play great music with so many great artists! (too many to list; check out the calendar page) and sing my own stuff too. Life is good. Thanks for listening!

Okay, now what? For me, finishing my upcoming CD for release sometime this year. I'm really pleased with it; just a few finishing touches, an additional guest appearance or 2, and voila!

February means the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City; always a good time. Plus some touring with my good friend Brian Langlinais in support of his fine recent CD, Right Hand Road, that I was happy to contribute to; check it out!

After that...well, I'll write that verse when we get there. See you soon?

If you're like me (gosh, I hope not), you might be looking around thinking "how the heck can it be November already?"

Along with finally figuring out who the next president might be, November also means mounting our yearly celebration of Gram Parsons music. Gram was certainly an influence on my own music, and doing this show is a blast for me. As it is with each year, I'll be joined by many talented friends, some of whom come from many hundreds of miles away. If you can't make it this time, mark your calendars for next year's show (November 5th, 2017).

Then I'll spend the rest of this year based from my Austin Texas home (you may recall that I am bi-municipal, living, at times, in both Austin and Nashville). Lots of playing, (which I'll try to be better at letting folks know about), and putting some final touches on my next CD, due out mid 2017. That's it for now, thanks for listening!

After observing the last concurrence of the summer solstice and full moon that I'll see in my lifetime, summer begins! How'd we get here?

Well, in May I spent 10 days in Tularosa, a small town in southern New Mexico, laying down tracks for an upcoming record I'm producing for Stephanie Urbina Jones. Using local musicians, we've recorded vintage classic country hits re-imagined as mariachi songs. Think acoustic instruments, lots of percussion, violins, trumpets, large manly chorus—it's going to be pretty cool.

Also, continuing to work on my own CD, with the addition of some great guest appearances; all pretty exciting (for me, at least)!

Looking forward, I'll be spending a couple weeks in Europe again this summer with Stephanie Urbina Jones in Norway, Scotland and Great Britain. Play some music and see the world. Thank you World.

The record I produced for Renée Wahl, Sworn Secrets, will be out in the fall (on So' Fish Records), as will my good friend Brian Langlinais CD Right Hand Road which I joyfully contibute to, and I'll be playing some wonderful music with the both of them as well. Life...is... good. Thank you world.

How can it be? Spring is springing all around, and I'm traveling around a bit to see what it looks like in different spots. But I'm also spending a good stretch in my recently adopted second home, Nashville. While there, I've been working on a new cd project, and the results are pretty exciting (to me, at least!) I think that's a good sign; that the stuff sounds good to me. And I'm planning to capture some guest performances from some talented folks who are found here in Music City. So that's what I'm up to for now. Get outside and enjoy the season!

Wow, last night the Texas Songwriters Association actually inducted me into their Music Legends Hall of Fame. Huh...it's nice to think that if you hang around long enough and do good work (or try your best to do good work), somebody, maybe even your peers, will notice and say something nice about you. Such as, "...to honor those in the music community that have helped to shape and make Texas the fertile music landscape that it is..." Thanks to the Austin Songwriter's Group, and congratulations to all the other inductees.

People ask me in conversation, "so, have you moved to Nashville permanently?".

How do you answer any question about permanence?

This fall will mark the first time since leasing a house in Nashville last February that I have spent 4 consecutive weeks here. I have family, friends, pets, and belongings in Austin, so of course, that is a home to me. But at this point in life, is anything permanent? Especially for a musician.

My kids are grown and travel almost as much as me; my daughter is on a road trip that includes Glacier National Park in Montana (after returning from a month in Zambia). And my son, who is half of the duo Well Worn Soles (whose debut record came out this month, produced by yours truly) is a full time traveling musician as well.

"Home is where you hang your Hat"? Well, I don't wear a hat, but I do lay my head down in a lot of different places all around the world, and it's amazing how many of them feel like home.

...untill now, that is. I'm in Gijón, a medium-sized town on the northern coast of Spain, where I'm traveling and performing with my friend Stephanie Urbina Jones. Talk about seeing the world! After returning from a week in Scotland in June, we got back on a plane 2 weeks later and headed for Switzerland to play a "Trucker and Country Festival" in the beautiful alpine village of Interlaken. These Europeans sure do like their line dancing and cowboy garb! Now Spain, next week Switzerland; then Germany and Amsterdam.

After returning to Nashville (on July 20th, but who's counting) I'll take a nice long American shower and resume production duties on the next Renée Wahl cd (it's sounding real good).

Coming soon—A big (I hope) party and performance at Threadgill's World Headquarters in Austin celebrating the release of Well Worn Soles debut cd "Country/Folk" on So' Fish Records, produced by...yeah, me. Hope to see you soon, and enjoy the website!

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