Pat Wictor | Waiting for the Water

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Waiting for the Water

by Pat Wictor

A return to the wellsprings of rural blues, country and gospel.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Where Did You Go?
2:49 album only
2. Love Is the Water
3:00 album only
3. Don't Dig My Grave Too Deep
5:03 album only
4. Train I Ride
4:36 album only
5. Dover Town
5:15 album only
6. Death Letter
4:38 album only
7. Sugar Baby
3:02 album only
8. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
4:31 album only
9. Shake These Blues
3:29 album only
10. Sleep Easy
3:48 album only


Album Notes
Pat Wictor stands out in a crowd. Seen onstage, he cuts an unforgettable figure. With shoulder-length red hair and a zen-like calm, he sings in a pure tenor and makes his instrument, the unusual lap-style slide guitar, "sing" back to him. He can bring a room to silence, effortlessly weaving several parts on his guitar. And his songs, drawn from the deep wells of rural blues, gospel, and country music, linger in the mind long after he's done.

As songwriter and singer, Pat echoes tradition-minded musicians of the present and past, while creating a distinctive voice of his own. His combination of bluesy and literate writing is reminiscent of Chris Smither. From Dave Carter and Bruce Cockburn he draws a penchant for symbolic and spiritual imagery. From Kelly Joe Phelps, a grab-bag of intricate guitar sounds, including lap-style slide guitar. The music of country pioneers Dock Boggs and the Stanley Brothers, and bluesmen Son House and Fred McDowell, all influence the memorable melodies and language of Pat's original songs.

In touring around the Northeast for the last three years, Pat has played at numerous stops on the "folk circuit," including The Point (Bryn Mawr, PA), the Minstrel Coffeehouse (Morristown, NJ), and the Nameless Coffeehouse (Cambridge, MA), as well as numerous other coffeehouses, libraries, bookstores, and municipal festivals. His playing has attracted the notice of musicians who've sought his slide guitar sounds for shows and recordings, and radio deejays (at WPKN, Bridgeport, CT; WFDU, Teaneck, NJ; WXPN, Philadelphia, PA; and others) who've enjoyed his live performances on the air. As a finalist in the Solarfest song contest, and a semi-finalist at the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Pat is also gaining recognition for his songwriting.

Pat is touring in support of his fourth CD, titled Waiting for the Water. The recording features the Civil War soldier's lament, "Don't Dig My Grave Too Deep" (by Rich Deans) and the gospel-tinged "Love Is the Water," along with several other originals and covers of songs by Skip James, Fred McDowell, and Son House. Pat's tour will take him throughout the Eastern U.S. and beyond in the months after its September 2004 release.



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Branko Hodzic

What a great album!
When I heard the opening guitar riff of Where Did You Go, I knew I was going to love this record. I'm not normally a regular listener of this genre, but like any genre there are artists and albums that strike a chord with me. I've been waiting for an album like this for a while. Waiting for the Water has definately filled the blues void for me. Pat's rendition of Hard Time Killing Floor Blues is probably one of my favorites I've heard. Its absolutely dripping with emotion. The recording quality of the record is top notch which captures the acoustic lap slide and Pat's voice wonderfully.

Eric Bridgham

Wow! A talented soul!
I had the pleasure of seeing Pat perform recently, where he sang some of the song from this CD. Sometimes CD don't capture the essence of a performer, or they are over-produced. Not so with "Waiting for the Water." The great emotion and soul with which Pat sings his songs on stage comes through this CD unhindered. I need to by two more copies, so I can stop bringing it from my house, to my car, to my office, and back again! You won't regret picking up this one!


Pat Wictor has done it again with heartfelt and humorous lyrics with universal appeal.
The lead song, "Waiting for the water," is a paean to the often sung but rarely expressed without saccharine sentiment of the sixties, love is the answer. This song does it without being smarmy. His musicianship is top notch and he draws on the blues without being derivative or derisive of the black blues tradition. His voice is warm and inviting, easy to listen to. Most of all, Pat's message is a sophisticated twist of the innocent 60's folk scene, all about love, loss, responsibility for one's fellow man and the suffering of the individual ("Don't dig my grave too deep"). A good sequel for fans and probably not the best introduction to the scope of his work, but worth having.

otto menner - acoustic music

a wonderful mixture of good taste
oh - what a great moment, the morning i opened Pats cd. - immediately within the first bars you go into a world of feeling so well. the recording quality is very high. the musical inspiration is transparent and clear. the variety of styles makes the listening easy. Pat is presenting a wonderful piece of his soul. it's precious music that will be loved by acoustically oriented people.

the first two titles developed to be my favourite songs of 2004 immediately.