Michael Patrick has shared the stage with many national acts including Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, Billy Joe Shaver, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, David Allan Coe, Gary Allan, Chris Knight and Justin Townes Earle, to name just a few.
He founded and fronts East Coast regional bands, "The Suburban Hillbillies" and Johnny Cash Tribute Band "Ring of Fire."
It has been 4 years since Michael’s last release, “Roots and Branches.” This new CD, “Something to Fall Back On” furnishes a more authentic and “under-produced” sound. This is exactly what Michael was aiming for!
Title Track “Something to Fall Back On” is a tale about growing up with big musical dreams, and the unfortunate realities that can stand in the way. For example, mom tells you to take your books and study, instead of playing that guitar, because you might not become a star. Hence, you'll need to have something to fall back on, when life doesn’t go according to plan. The song marks Michael’s first collaboration with notable local writer Joe Iantosca.
Another storytelling track is, “Cash in the Attic.” A song Michael penned about discovering the music of his idol, Johnny Cash. Michael was fortunate enough to be able to perform this song this past October for some members of the Cash family. Needless to say, it met their approval. Other uniquely orchestrated and original offerings include the tongue-in-cheek love song written to Michael’s first car, a ’74 Dodge Dart!
Those songs, combined with Michael’s own takes on a few Traditional Country and Folk standards, makes for a well-rounded, diverse and enjoyable listen. A CD rooted deep in the soul of the Country, Folk, Bluegrass and even Gospel genres.