MATTHEW PATRICK Releases 'The Fool I've Got To Be,' On New EP 'YARD SALE'


MATTHEW PATRICK Releases 'The Fool I've Got To Be,' On New EP 'YARD SALE'

Sharing the straight, unapologetic truth about who he is as a person and artist, Matthew Patrick ( speaks for all struggling indie artists with a day job on "The Fool I've Got To Be," a quirky, country flavored tune on his new five-track EP Yard Sale.

Over a rumbling beat, lively piano and jangly guitars, the Maryland-based singer/songwriter sings: "I've got one straight job and I'm damn sure gonna keep it/Sometimes things don't seem so clear to me/In the morning I"ll sure wish that I was sleeping/But tonight I'll be the fool I've got to be."

That grand "foolishness" is starting to pay off for Patrick, who launched his career in college as a roots rocker in the band 32-20, which released two popular indie albums and opened for numerous blues and classic rock acts.

While still playing regularly with his electric blues outfit Muskrat Sally before wildly eclectic audiences at JoJo's Tap House in his adopted hometown of Frederick, the anesthesiologist by day, singer and slide guitar master by night has been making major inroads as a solo artist. His 2013 full-length debut album Blue Sun, whose vibe Patrick playfully described as "redneck reggae," received numerous rave reviews - and various tracks from the collection played on over 50 college radio and NPR stations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Patrick's "Memphis meets Kingston" flavored debut was produced by Jack O'Hara, lead singer of the '70s country rock band Eggs Over Easy. While the opening track "Fly" is in that same vein, the singer shares a wider variety of his influences and musical passions on Yard Sale, which he produced with Ben Fraker, an old bandmate from 32-20; the five tracks were mixed by Joe Digiorgi ofHeadline Studios in NYC.

Patrick is releasing Yard Sale in January and will be releasing a follow-up EP, its "sequel," in May. Yard Sale will be promoted to Triple AAA radio by Peter Hay ofTwin Vision.

Patrick grew up addicted to his parents' Elvis and Beatles albums, and became a huge fan of blues legend Muddy Waters, whom he discovered via The Rolling Stones. He shares his lifelong love of the blues on the straight blues tune "Howl at the Moon" and the psychedelic blues of "One Ride." He mixes blues, Americana roots rock and a touch of the reggae vibe on a cover of the public domain folk song "Midnight Special," which dates to the early 1900s and was notably recorded by Lead Belly and later everyone from The Beatles and VanMorrison to Bobby Darin.

'Midnight Special' is a song I have been performing live for a long time, and its history as a Southern prison songs fits in well with the theme of escaping that comes through in all of the songs on Yard Sale," says Patrick. "Running with the escape theme creates a catharsis for me, and it is metaphoric for the way music provides me an outlet from the responsibilities of my day job and family life. By helping me escape, music allows me to dig deep and find my truest self."

Like Blue Sun, Yard Sale is the product of a fascinating and unexpected collaboration with a dreadlocked multi-instrumentalist (drums, keyboards, guitar) named Andrew Diamond. Diamond, who lived in a suburb of DC when the two worked on Blue Sun, now lives, performs and makes music in his studio inZambia, Africa. Diamond created the foundation of each track with a rough vocal, guitar and click track, which he would send digitally across the Pond to Diamond, who created all the rhythm parts - this time including grooves created by a funky Zambian bass player named David Kasochi.

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