The mark of a great entertainer is one who can elicit a wide range of
emotions from the audience. Recording artist Pat Garrett is such a
At any given moment at a Pat Garrett concert you can see members of the
audience wipe away a tear during a tender ballad, roar with laughter by
a humorous novelty tune, or brought to their feet by a soaring anthem.
This talented singer, with a rich baritone voice, was signed by Polygram
Records and achieved six nationally-charted Billboard singles. Also a
prolific songwriter, several of Pat’s songs have received national
attention. In 2003, his song “The Saddam Stomp” was aired coast to
coast, hitting the Billboard charts, as Pat appeared in Country Weekly,
Rolling Stone, and ABC News.
Another song that hit the national airwaves was the very popular
patriotic tribute "If You Love America", written in response to 9/11.
Profits were donated to the America Red Cross, raising thousands of
dollars for those who were most effected by the terrorist attack.
His pure and simple ballad “In the Blue Mountains”, a tribute to his
home state of Pennsylvania, received rave reviews and was a favorite of
Grammy-award winning songwriter and nationally-syndicated radio
personality, Bill Mack.
On the lighter side, the hilarious "Monica Lewinsky Polka" (which "isn't
really a polka", he laughs) was also a huge hit with audiences. And his
song “Old Timers”, written about the lack of traditional country music
on the airwaves, was lauded by Grammy-award winning songwriter, Hoyte
Axton, and singer Tommy Cash, who also cut the tune.
But this diverse singer/songwriter had another goal: to begin own music
festival, which became a reality in 1994 in the form of the beautiful
Pat Garrett Amphitheater. Nestled at the foothills of the Blue
Mountains, this highly lauded venue has featured legendary artists like
Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Loretta Lynn,
and Willie Nelson to name just a few.
On a recent trip to Nashville to celebrate the 78th anniversary of the
Grand Ole Opry, another life-long dream came true as Pat was invited out
on stage by country legend, Porter Wagoner, who asked him back to sing
again on the Opry.
When not touring with his five-piece group, The Pat Garrett Band, which
includes Suzy Dalton on vocals and bass guitar, Mitch Wolfe on keyboards,
Tom Vollmer on Steel guitar, and Keith Brobst on drums, he divides his
time between Nashville and Pennsylvania, always working on writing that
#1 hit song. “I’m getting closer every time,” he grins, “and until it
happens, I’ll never give up trying.”
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PRS, TLC Radio, August 2005