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article imageSinger Matthew Patrick talks about new EP 'Yard Sale' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 9, 2014 in Music
Roots rock and reggae musician Matthew Patrick chatted about his new EP "Yard Sale," which features the song "Fly" and "Howl at the Moon."
Regarding the song selection process of his new EP Yard Sale, he remarked, "I have a pretty diverse range of songwriting styles and I tried to reflect that diversity in the five songs I selected for the EP. The first song 'Fly' captures the Americana/Reggae hybrid feel that is central to my sound."
He continued, "The second song, 'Howl at the Moon,' takes it back to the primal Mississippi Delta blues that were my first musical inspiration. Bottleneck guitar is really at the heart of my musical vision. 'The Fool I've Got To Be' captures the country side of my musical persona. It also sums up my whole relationship with music. I am a musical lemming. No matter how badly my musical pursuits hurt my personal life, I can't seem to stop chasing my dreams. 'One Ride' has a nice funky groove that really sits at the crossroads of American roots music and reggae. The voice and slide are intertwined and float on top in a nice hypnotic, voodoo sort of way. 'Midnight Special' kind of lands the whole experience back with a nice synthesis of reggae and country sounds. The bass player David Kasochi is from Zambia and he contributed a happy bouncy African feel that I found to be really unique."
Patrick selected "Howl at the Moon" as his favorite track on the EP. "It is just an incredibly simple, straightforward expression of yearning. The blues is all about less being more. The whole song really comes from that one slide rhythm," he said.
His greatest musical influences include Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. "Really the whole river of American music both black and white from the work songs and field hollers up through the electrified music of the early Chicago blues, swing, jazz, rockabilly, country, and on to the rock of the late sixties and early seventies. Then I kind of lose interest a little," he explained.
His song "Midnight Special" was just nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award. It is a cover of the folk song "Midnight Special," which dates to the early 1900s and was notably recorded by Lead Belly and subsequently covered by The Beatles, Van Morrison and Bobby Darin.
He hopes his fans enjoy his new EP, especially since he has a sequel in the works.
For more information on singer Matthew Patrick, visit him on Facebook.
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