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The blues are in this dude’s veins and he mixes it very well with his folk and country influences. Like a fine blended whiskey, aged, and pour straight up…this stuff is smooth. –Redline Roots
“His plainspoken and sometimes gruff delivery reveals the restless soul of a wandering minstrel, very much in the dusty-soled tradition of wayfaring strangers such as Gram Parsons, Steve Earle and Neil Young” -Dan Bolles, Seven Days (Burlington, VT)
Patrick Coman plays the reds and blues. Merging bluesy barroom shuffles with the red dirt of his native Oklahoma he has garnered fans for his upbeat and contemporary take on traditional American music. In addition to performing, Coman hosts the popular For the Sake of the Song concert series, which brings together top songwriters to collaborate in performing songs from their biggest influences alongside their own original work. He also produces and hosts the weekly “Local Folk” radio show on WUMB (Boston’s NPR music station).
An Okie from just north of Muskogee, Patrick grew up under the spell of his hometown’s famed Tulsa Sound. Equal parts red dirt, blues, rock, soul, and country this unique regional sound was the perfect template for a budding songwriter with a voracious and wide-ranging appetite for roots music.
Patrick’s latest effort Reds & Blues was written in homage to the albums that lie at the heart of this foundation. Each song was written as a mythical “missing track” to an album that has contributed to the unique style he calls “playing the reds and blues”. These albums include everything from touchstones by Bob Dylan, The Band, and the Rolling Stones to work from Tulsa Sound pioneers Leon Russell, JJ Cale, and lesser known gems from Whiskeytown, Big Star, and rockabilly legend Jerry Lee Lewis.