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Pat Johnson's songs from the town Boredom Built

by Pat Johnson

"Rather than sounding derivative Johnson seems to have something happening that's purely his own. If you like music that seems to have been conceived on a country front porch, this is for you." T. Bruce Wittet, Muzik Etc.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Baby Swing
3:56 $0.99
2. Stinky Woman Blues
3:41 $0.99
3. Soul in Its Place
3:41 $0.99
4. My Own Man
2:59 $0.99
5. That's My Heart
4:00 $0.99
6. 5x7
4:08 $0.99
7. Asbestos Sky
3:58 $0.99
8. 26 Years
3:25 $0.99
9. What Sort of Traitor
2:43 $0.99
10. Pocket Full of Dirt
4:01 $0.99
11. Cottage Slide
20:45 $0.99
12. Dangerous Milk
5:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pat was born in Montreal, Quebec in November of 1969, but moved to rural Eastern Ontario in 1973. Upon completing a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Comparative Development, he answered the call to write songs and make music.

Solo acoustic performances in a roots blues style are currently the focus of Pat's musical career. Regular appearances in the Kingston, Brockville, and Ottawa Valley areas have helped create a growing audience.

The debut release: Pat Johnson's Songs from the town Boredom Built
Features 11 original songs ranging in style from the Classic Piedmont single entendre blues of "Stinky Woman Blues" (yes it's a love song), the angry hillbilly reggae of "26 Years" and a beatnik gumshoe groove on "Pocket Full Of Dirt". A healthy personal vibe was created by enlisting only great friends and great musicians such as; Rob Joanisse (Bran Van 3000), Guy Kay (Luba, Cirque du Soleil), Chris DeZordo (Producer, Veronica Speedwell) and Matthew "Tuba" Wilson.

He has been a faculty member of The National Guitar Workshop since 1999. His book Beginning Fingerstyle Arranging & Technique is available through Alfred Publishing Co. As a music instructor in Brockville, Pat has established a dedicated and growing local practice.

"If you were to rifle through rural Ontario native Pat Johnson's music collection, I'm betting you would find the Rolling Stones and Ry Cooder well represented. I assume this from Johnson's vocal inflections, guitar style, and the lumpy feel herein. Rather than sounding derivative, however, Johnson seems to have something happening that's purely his own. If you like music that seems to have been conceived on a country front porch, this is for you, right down to the tuba, slide guitar, and sometimes curious ("My Own Man") and always organic drum parts. It's a humble CD, pleasing in its simplicity."
Muzik Etc. by T. Bruce Wittet

"Cottage Slide" 2003 winner of the Radar Screen Instrumental Song of the Year
This guitar-based instrumental track is a joy to listen to. The relaxing melodies and its bluesy feel fit perfectly when you're watching the snow fall on a crisp winter day. Johnson plays the slide guitar like the lost art that it is. Ever so carefully, yet forceful at times. This track is among the highlights of his record Songs from the Town Boredom Built.

"Perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon is Canadian export Pat Johnson's Song's from the Town Boredom Built. Straight forward simple blues is hard to do - and while everyone tries to give you the 2 a.m. juke joint jumping blues sound, Pat Johnson gives you the music at its roots - very much in the Keb' Mo' style. While songs like "26 Years" and "Asbestos Sky" feature poignant lyrics, the instrumental "Cottage Slide" is what music is all about."
Gregory Joseph, Radar Screen
2 Walls Webzine

"Pat Johnson knows a thing or two about style. The blues loving singer-songwriter from Brockville, ON has crafted an admiral debut that runs the gamut from angry hillbilly reggae to Beatnik gumshoe groove. Johnson's clean finger-style guitar gives the bluesier material a Mississippi John Hurt sort of charm and his lyrics are humorous and entertaining. What really makes this debut stand out though is the addition of what might be the most stylish of all instruments - the tuba. The duets between the tuba and guitar found here would surely make even Taj Mahal crack a smile."
By Brent Hagerman Exclaim!
June 02, 2003

"Pat has an incredible mastery of the intricacies of fingerstyle blues. He has immersed himself in the deep well of traditional styles and has used what he's learned to create his own original and exciting songs. I've shared the stage with Pat on a few occasions and have been impressed with the range of emotion in his performances, from deeply moving to rip-roaringly funny. Don't miss him."
Lou Manzi, National Guitar Workshop
Performer - Author

"deeply immersed in learning the traditional acoustic blues repertoire ... expresses his own take on each song, thus adding to the tradition while keeping it alive. With rock solid Piedmont fingerpicking and delta slide guitar styles ... His original songs are varied, some are blues, but he isn't limited to one style, drawing from many other influences as well.
Seth Austen, Performer - Author



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Bob MacKenzie (Roots Music Canada Reviews)

In a very subtle and probably accidental way, this music moves out of rural Onta
...By creating proper arrangements that include other instruments along with his own guitar, Johnson has given his work a certain polish that helps the songs along. Even better, he's added in some instrumentation that's, shall we say, non-standard in folk music and therefore adds interest. [For example: Matthew Wilson's funky tuba that seems to substitute for bass in "Stinky Woman Blues" and a couple of other songs.] While there is a unity and familiar similarity among these songs, there is also a variety of arrangement that enhances and distinguishes the flavour of each. The arrangements rove among rural white blues, a near-swampy ambience, a type of klesmer sound, modified reggae, a little bit of rock and roll, and just plain country music. In a very subtle and probably accidental way, this music moves out of rural Ontario and takes on a cosmopolitan face.