From: IN, United States

Folk, Fingerstyle, acoustic

The contrapuntal elements of Patrick’s music have long been loved and revered by many fans of acoustic solo guitar. Ever since the age of 16, the Indiana native has been playing every kind of gig imaginable, from coffeehouses, clubs, and street fairs to 500-seat venues. He cites his main influences as Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (of Rush), and Preston Reed. Michael Hedges, Will Ackerman, Wayne Krantz, and Alex DeGrassi are among some of his favorites as well. Being more influenced by Progressive rock than acoustic music, Patrick has carved out his unique brand of up-tempo driving acoustic instrumentals that are complex enough for advanced musicians, but melodic enough for the simple music lover. He is an avid acoustic-fingerstyle player to be sure, but he is no tradionalist, and employs techniques that go beyond average fingerpicking. These include string snaps, octave hammer-ons, harmonic sprays, flamenco strums, and punchy bass lines that all go together with a rythymic pulse. This ambitious way of communicating on a single instrument won him second place in Guitar Player Magazine's 2006 GUITAR SUPERSTAR, in front of judges Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather. He has also played in other contests such as the National Winfield Competition, and the Canadian Guitar Fest, and has opened for and shared the stage with other national and regional acts such as, Michael Kelsey, Pete Huttlinger, Brian Henke, Katie Reider, Doug Smith, Andy McKee, Blues Legend Guy Davis, and many more.

In the past ten years, Patrick has recorded a full length demo, NIGHTLANDS, and two full length studio albums POWER FIELDS, and VORTEX OF DISCOVERY. NIGHTLANDS, being his first demo, was recorded in 2000. For the first several years of Patrick's career, he used two guitars at his live shows: his trusty acoustic Wechter Pathmaker, and an electric ten-string treblebass – made by Sergio Santucci in New York City. The instrument has four bass strings and six guitar strings, so he can play both parts at once. His first two recordings, NIGHTLANDS and POWER FIELDS, feature the Santucci 10 string. In the Fall of 2008, Patrick decided to retire the Treblebass from his repertoire, in favor of an all-acoustic set. There were many reasons for this decision, but it was mainly due to the fact that touring with more than one guitar was a hassle, and the acoustic was much simpler to EQ live than a treblebass. His lastest album, VORTEX OF DISCOVERY is strictly all-acoustic, which he claims will be the main focus from here on out.

Recently, Patrick upgraded his acoustic sound with a brand new custom guitar made by luthier JJ Donohue. The next recording project will feature this new guitar.