Songwriter/performer. One of the most prolific and talented folk songwriters in the U.S. today, Patrick Douglas Dodd is a poet with a guitar.
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Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
One of the most prolific and talented folk songwriters in the U.S. today, Patrick Douglas Dodd provides an evening of non-stop original music. Even a partial cruise through Patrick’s massive catalogue of recorded songs will show you why so many fans consider him one of the better songwriter working today (his songs have been downloaded over 3 million times); but what a studio recording doesn’t show is the fantastic fun so many people have at his rare public performances. From simple sing-alongs, to comedic stories and song introductions, Patrick entertains and engages his audience wherever he goes. Patrick’s music and performances reach out to the young and old alike, and while his writing has a distinctive American flavor, Patrick has tens of thousands of fans in all parts of Europe; he’s even a popular karaoke choice in China. People everywhere love his down home “proud to be a hillbilly” style and identify with his music. It’s become common to hear fans express the feeling that he wrote one of his songs just for them. Patrick’s eclectic and prolific writing, and his insight and sensitivity into the human condition, affords him the ability to quickly size up distinctly different audiences, and then tailor the evening on the fly. Patrick is also one of those rare songwriter/performers who with nothing more than a solo guitar can get a roomful of people on their feet dancing in the isle.
Outlaw Songwriter Patrick Dodd
Patrick Dodd is a prolific songwriter with over 400 songs to his credit. He began his musical journey in Kansas, but like so many of the greats of his era he soon drifted to Austin Texas – “guitar slingers grad school” as he calls it, where he became a friend of Blaze Foley, Jimmy Lafave, and Townes Van Zant. But unlike most of his contemporaries after Austin, even though his commercial career was blossoming, (he was a much in demand host for open mic’s like the Chicago House in Austin as well as touring regularly performing at festivals and concerts across the U.S.) Patrick like Woody Guthrie, and Utah Phillips before him decided to employ his talents in the interest of social justice and for three decades Patrick lived the life that most folk singers only talk about – performing on the front lines of history. As a social justice songwriter he has provided his audiences with more well-crafted musical moments of relevance for these worrisome times of crumbling empires than nearly any other artist who comes to mind. As a social justice songwriter, Mr. Dodd never shied away from political or controversial subjects just to protect his spot in main stream music, and yet his sensitivity and his willingness to give all people room to be heard have helped him make friends and fans all across the political spectrum. Patrick’s dedication to being the songwriter for the disenfranchised led to his induction into the Scottish Royal Academy of Lifetime Political Folksinger at the almost unheard of age of 40 and his music has been chosen for the scores of numerous documentaries and films as well as being chosen as bumper music for top progressive radio shows like Portland’s Tom Hartman and N.P.R.’s "Democracy Now". Patrick’s focus on performing for causes limited his availability to perform at more main stream venues for many years but it never obstructed his popularity with fans around the world, in fact, he has been called the most famous non-touring of his time. His songs, which have been downloaded from his web site more than 3 million times, seem to strike directly at the heart of his subject and dozens of his songs have found their way, at times to our dismay, onto seemingly hundreds of other web sites around the world, amounting to millions of additional downloads. Several of his songs have even found their way onto Chinese Karaoke machines.
Now after a lifetime of social justice music, Patrick Dodd has returned to his roots – country with a distinct outlaw bent. Though "commercial" music has not been Patrick's historical focus; fans everywhere are finding his outlaw country songs top shelf in craftsmanship and creativity, and just plain entertaining. I have enclosed a copy of his double CD set "Crooked River", showcasing his outlaw suite (a project dreamed up over too many pitchers of beer with Blaze Foley on night at the Austin Outhouse) as well as a collection of his comedic and often ribald barroom ditties. This double CD set of original songs has met with critical approval and has introduced 40 years of fans to a whole new side of Patrick and his music. With these songs the social justice music great invites people into the funny, and odd, world of Slim Douglas, a hard living outlaw with a definitely twisted sense of humor. Beginning with a gun fight that takes out 12 bad guys in three verses (Justice or the Badge), and on through laugh out loud funny songs that poke fun at the boss and even manage to get a giggle out of the plight of the working world (Beer n’ my Boss/ Nickels and Dimes), Patrick is making people everywhere laugh, sing along, and remember why going out for music used to be such a good time.
Though Mr. Dodd currently revels in calling himself a scumbag country writer his musical style is really as eclectic as his subject matter; he dives into outlaw country, folk, punk rock, jazz and Broadway style progressions with equal ease, using genres in the way some writers use arrangements to showcase his always impressive lyrical poetry. Mr. Dodd is a rare performer who can take an audience on a complete emotional journey in a single evening. People respond to his musical poetry with laughter, tears, cheers and thunderous applause. Songs like “Hillbilly Heaven” and “Cheap Beer and Punk Rock” leave folks rolling in laughter while songs like “Salty Johnson” have them stomping their feet for a moment of justice for the little guy. Regardless of subject, and Patrick touches on many each night, people rave about his guitar chops and the down home hillbilly approach that he brings to the stage. In a world of simulated perfection and multi-track virtuosity Mr. Dodd is a throwback – one man with a guitar, a single human voice, and a deliciously twisted sense of humor, who seems to take his audiences by the hand and lead them down paths once walked by performers like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and U. Utah Phillips.
From his role as co-host of the Siskiyou Mountain Outlaw Radio Show (a distinctively entertaining, funny, and informative radio show with his co-host Betty Jean employing music, comedy, and commentary to entertain inform and inspire the masses that was loved by all, “conservatives” and “liberals” alike) to his front row position on the lines of social resistance, Patrick Dodd has for forty years been a writer whose music always seems to find a way to move us in a direction we need to go. Whether he is making us laugh, cry, or get downright angry Mr. Dodd always strives to educate, motivate, and empower common folks everywhere to stand up and resist the injustices so many other writers seem afraid to broach. Mr. Dodd is an artist who delivers on so many levels. It is no exaggeration to say that few songwriters have had more of an impact upon the social fabric of positive change in this country than Patrick Dodd. It is equally true that I have not heard the likes of such Outlaw Country talent in recent memory. We at Wooden Heart Records are proud to present his work.
Patrick will be departing home for his “Outlaws and Crooked Rivers” tour this winter. You can keep up to date on performances at his web site (link hidden) His CD can be purchased at CD Baby, and venues interested in booking, or radio hosts interested in interviewing Patrick can reach him at (phone number hidden) or
Amber Birmingham – president Wooden Heart Records
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