Patterson Barrett | "When I Was Your Age..."

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"When I Was Your Age..."

by Patterson Barrett

This feel-good rocker from Austin icon is a perfect example of the genre-blending that is Americana and features contributions from the equally iconic Bonnie Bramlett, Gurf Morlix and Betty Soo.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Back to Me
4:51 $0.99
2. I'm Not Listening
4:33 $0.99
3. Forever Mine
3:13 $0.99
4. Now and Then
3:35 $0.99
5. Watching Amy Dance
4:29 $0.99
6. In Your Own Voice
4:00 $0.99
7. The Wrong Way
4:22 $0.99
8. Hot Potato
3:30 $0.99
9. I Don't Want to Go
3:59 $0.99
10. Nobody's Fault But Your Own
6:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Watching (and participating in) my son's entry into young adulthood inspired this collection of songs. Seeing what he was going through sparked my own memories of what I felt "When I Was (his) Age...”, and these songs are the result.

Writing and recording the songs was totally enjoyable; I love the process and the action of recording. That’s not to say it was quick—I love it so much that I’m not in any hurry to be finished. But eventually, it comes time to commit and move on, so here it is.

I played most of the instruments (again, more fun!), but was helped by some wonderful and talented friends.

Bonnie Bramlett, one of the most soulful singers on the planet, lent her vocals to the lead-off track, Come Back To Me as well as the CDs closer, Nobody’s Fault But Your Own. Her voice is so unique and full of character—I thought I was actually in Little Feat or on tour with Delaney and friends for a moment.

Longtime friend Gurf Morlix also sang on Nobody’s Fault and played a truly original guitar solo on In Your Own Voice.

Fellow Austinite (is she ever home?) Betty Soo sang harmony on I Don’t Want To Go, and left her own personal stamp on the tune.

The inspiration himself, my son Emerson Wells-Barrett, played drums on the cautionary but completely fictional tale The Wrong Way. Can you tell I’m beaming?

My dear and perhaps oldest friend, Jon “Doc” Simons played harmonica as only he can on The Wrong Way.

Just as dear (perhaps more), friend and frequent collaborator Julieann Banks sang with me on several tunes; without her, Hot Potato would be only half a song.

I was also ably assisted by Tommy Taylor, (yes, THE Tommy Taylor) Jon Hahn, and Mike Rieman on drums; all of them great players making me sound better.

I hope you enjoy listening to this record as much as I did making it.



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Lydia Doty

When I Was Your Age
Patterson Barrett's long awaited new release "When I Was You Age" is a pleasing eclectic mix with intelligent writing and richly layered musical performances. The work takes its direction from fatherly observations of a son’s coming-of-age. While many artists have produced meditations about their parental roles that speak more to those who have children, Patterson cleverly recasts this theme to engage and charm a much wider audience. He takes the mirror of youth and reflects it back on himself. In doing so, his self-revelations show how the past and present of a person's life are dynamically intertwined. Recollections of a younger persona still enrich and inform one's older perspectives of love and life.

Noteworthy tracks include guest performances by the legendary Bonnie Bramlett. She joins Patterson on "Come Back To Me" in a wry tragicomic comment on youthful romantic folly. As a counterpoint, the rollicking bluegrass-tinged duet with Julianne Banks –"Hot Potato"–spins a more egalitarian view of adult man/woman partnerships. "Now and Then" with its lovely, melancholy piano work regretfully muses on how a long-ago love succumbed “to the ways of the world.”

In another vein, "I'm Not Listening To You" and "In Your Own Voice" are a pair of rousing protest anthems that could comfortably fit into the electronic folk mold–think Bob Dylan with The Band. Their focus on adolescent rebellion and youth's pointed insistence on authentic experience stand as an admonition to adults who have allowed workaday concerns and social conformity to beat down their sense of adventure and idealism. “The Wrong Way" a tale about the twists of fate, "Nobody's Fault But Your Own" spiced with Gurf Morlix’s and Bramlett’s bluesy background vocals, “I Don’t Want To Go” with Betty Soo, and a very personal cover of Buddy Miller's "Watching Amy Dance" (Patterson’s piano was featured on Miller’s original recording) round out the CD.

But, the gem of the album is the heartbreakingly beautiful testament to the indestructibility of first love–“Forever Mine." Even if this were the only song that he had ever written, "Forever Mine" would be a major career defining achievement that any artist could envy. The intimate vocals and haunting guitar/mandolin performance deftly transport listeners to the immediacy and purity of first romantic feeling with a poignancy that can move them to tears.