Life Lessons, Love Lost and Man’s Best Friend.
New Jersey based Country, Folk, Americana Singer-Songwriter Michael Patrick will release his latest, long overdue recording, “John Wayne Movies” with two special CD release shows on October 13th at The Lighthouse Tavern, and October 20th at Roxy & Dukes. Named Top Country Folk Artist by the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, Patrick has shared the stage with Randy Travis, Clint Black, Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, Billy Joe Shaver, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, David Allan Coe and Gary Allan, Steve Earle, Carlene Carter, Justin Townes Earle and Chris Knight to name a few. In addition, he founded and fronts local bands, "The Suburban Hillbillies" and "Ring of Fire," a Johnny Cash tribute band. Patrick's latest recording, “John Wayne Movies” is his fourth studio release, and includes ten Nashville and New Jersey produced tracks, seamlessly blending styles of Country, Folk, Roots and Rock. In the vein of Patrick's influences Lyle Lovett and Johnny Cash, “John Wayne Movies” defies labeling, and instead incorporates danceable melodies and heartfelt storytelling that nicely fit under the umbrella of Americana music. The tales “John Wayne Movies” tells are born of Patrick’s own personal tragedy and triumph in the years since his last release 7 years ago, “Another Song You Never Heard.” Patrick, a longtime fundraiser for the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation with his annual Jersey Country Revival benefit concerts, lost his wife of 20 years to complications from Cooley’s Anemia in 2013. With “John Wayne Movies” Patrick leads the listener on a musical journey from the dark places to the uplifting and inspirational.