“Long Road” is filled with songs that will have you tapping your feet, dancing and singing along. It is a fantastic mix of Pop Rock and Blues with a twist of Reggae. The song this album is titled after, “Long Road”, received a lot of media attention in January and February of 2013 when a video of Pat J Peterson performing his song went viral on you tube. The video received comments from people all around the world.
This album “Long Road” was written, performed and produced by one of Wisconsin’s most talented musicians. Pat J Peterson was a truly talented and passionate artist with endless experience in the music industry. Since 1992, Pat has been a well-respected musician, accomplished songwriter, and many describe Pat as being one of the best music performers they had ever seen. The touring and/or successful groups he was a major part of as front man, songwriter, singer and guitarist were:
Savage Myth (1992-1995) – Hard rock/metal
The Pipe Circus (1996-2013) – Funk/Rock/Reggae
Pats Solo Act (2006-2013) - Pop Rock/Funk/Reggae
Avengers Assemble (2007-2013) – Pop Rock
Pat had played an average of 130 + shows per year since he was 20 years old. His experience includes appearances at 150 + venues and theaters, 50 + Midwest festivals (including five appearances at Summerfest, three appearances at Taste of Madison, and many more), regular tours in 15 + states, and he had opened for major national acts like Candlebox, Hoobastank, Doobie Brothers and more.
Pat has won awards from WAMI in performance as well as national and world wide songwriting contests. Pat has been on major and college market radio stations, TV appearances including the Jenny Jones show, 10 appearances on Urban Theater, and he was named one of the Top Four Wisconsin Guitarists in Madison Magazine, April 2011.
On September 18th, 2009, Pat J Peterson was diagnosed with a Stage IV Brain Tumor. He had surgery to remove the tumor and that followed with 6 weeks of radiation treatment, and one year of Chemotherapy treatments. A few months after he finished his first year of treatments, a second tumor was found. Pat continued to perform live shows during all of his treatments, he never stopped performing or recording his music.
On June 17th, 2011 Pat had surgery to remove his second cancerous brain tumor. Thirteen short days after his second surgery, Pat got on stage at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI. He performed for an hour and a half on the Harley Davidson Stage with his band “The Pipe Circus”.
Pat continued to receive Chemotherapy treatments until May 2012 when they found the third brain tumor. He was then started on a different Chemo treatment which almost shut down his liver and landed him in the hospital several times. The Dr.’s then tried a re-radiation treatment. Pat spent the entire summer of 2012 receiving radiation treatment, and still performing live shows and recording as many of his original songs as he possibly could.
On December 15th 2012, the Dr.’s informed Pat and his family that the tumor had spread, the Dr. said there were no more treatments left to give Pat and that he would have days, possibly weeks left to live. Until that point, Pat had been performing live shows right up until his last show on November 22nd, 2012.
During the time Pat had left, he spent most of it finishing as many recordings as he possibly could. The “Long Road” album was one of 8 albums Pat was working on. He managed to complete two, almost three, of the eight albums he was working on. His wife Ruth, along with help from many others in the music community is working on finishing the remaining albums Pat recorded including a couple of live recordings of his performances.
This album “Long Road” is very special because it was the final album Pat saw through completion. We held the CD release Party for this album on Friday February 1st 2013, and Pat lost his battle with brain cancer on Thursday February 7th 2013.
Pat also used his talents to help so many others through benefits he would put together, funds he would raise for worthy causes like Children’s Hospital, the Red Cross, and families in need. He was also a guitar instructor for 15 years, teaching young minds how to play guitar.
Pat has touched many lives, friends and family as well as fans and complete strangers from around the world. His strength through his battle with cancer inspired many others to fight on through their own battles in life. All he ever wanted out of life was to have his music live on and continue to bring happiness and love for music to as many others as possible. Pat and his musical gifts will truly be missed, but his songs will live on!