As the cranes and wrecking crew demolish the buildings around PermaPress Recording, the video for So Long City drops. Art and life, intertwined perpetually. Read the review and watch the video in HD on Paste. #SoLongCity
I make my Morongo Basin debut opening for my pal, Joe Garcia, and his Urban Desert Cabaret, on March 5 at 5pm. Follow the link to the Facebook event to get all the details.
Spending time in Joshua Tree, CA, my FM radio dial came across the local station Z107.7 KCDZ right away. Sometimes, I have an affection for the brand of pop and youthful rock that the Z stations play and it's the only local radio station I've come across. The local Morongo Basin news and the occasional lost dog announcements are worth it alone...even if you're not into the pop. In fact, I only can pick up about 5 stations total while I'm in the area. I was amazed when we borrowed Susan's parents' car to drive from Allentown to Philadelphia for my show at The Dawson Creek Pub. There must have been more than 30 stations to pick from on the dial there.
I'm a regular KCDZ news reader of their online news and I was excited when there was an announcement about their long going local music show hosted by Pat Michaels. I hadn't stumbled across the show before and I made time to tune in that following Sunday when I was home in Landers. It was a cool show. I heard some of the local folks whose music I like; Jessica Von Rabbit and Ted Quinn. Plus a bunch of artists that I hadn't had the chance to hear yet. I wrote an email to Pat and asked him if he would consider playing my new record, So Long City. We corresponded a bit and I mailed Pat a copy of the CD the old fashioned way: US Post. Low and behold, he played nearly the entire thing (I just listened to the show. I can't even think what may have been left off). I was out playing shows on the East Coast when Susan started receiving texts from friends in the desert that they were listening to me on the radio. In the old days, those electromagnetic waves of my tunes going out the FM band would be long gone by the time I got back to the Morongo Basin. But it's 2017. Here's the link to the podcast. Go to the 1/29/2017 show:
I was on local TV this morning. Honestly, it's was a little nerve wracking. But they were giving me a chance to get across what I'm trying so hard to get across....music...and in this instance, music that is about my hometown. In some ways, despite the inherent weirdness of suddenly being inside a box, this works out well.
Music Millennium In Store, Fort George Brewery, and The White Eagle in January - Plus East Coast News
I'm kicking the new year off with an in-store performance at Music Millennium which has to be Portland's oldest record store. I've been shopping there since I was in junior high school when they still had a second location on NW 23rd Ave. Man, things sure have changed.
I'm also bringing the trio out for a couple of shows in January. The first one is at The White Eagle on January 11. Then we hit Astoria for a Sunday evening performance at Fort George Brewery on January 15.
Then I'm off to the east coast for a show in NYC....more news coming on that show very soon. Keep up with the latest here.
I'm excited to be doing this once again this year and bringing some guests along with me to join in the fun. We ask everyone who attends to bring a new, unwrapped toy which we will in turn donate to the KGW Great Toy Drive.
"At its essence, So Long City provides the getaway its title implies, an escape to more idyllic environs where outside interference finally fades away."
On the eve of my 46th birthday, my neighbor pounded on my door to inform me that there was a feature for my new album in this week's Willamette Week. It's a good review....I especially liked the headline, "Pat Kearns’ Debut Solo Album Is an Ode to a Changing City and the Doldrums of Middle-Age." Well, I really feel like I'm just getting started again....World, look out! Read the review here.
You can purchase a CD directly from me right here.
You can buy So Long City on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1169826440?ls=1&app=itunes
Or listen on Apple Music at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1169826440
Portland has created a map and chart showing the history of demolitions within its city limits. Flipping through the years, I can see that the trend has changed from most development occurring in the outlying areas of the city to most development....or at least destruction, occurring in the more historic areas of Portland.
To update my own situation, I received a phone call from the developer of the property next door to PermaPress Recording a couple of weeks ago. Construction is slated to begin June 1, 2017.
I am looking forward to the release of So Long City, my first official solo album, perhaps more than any other record I have been involved with. I know there's a beautiful butterfly in there....but nobody has seen it quite yet. November 2 is the day.
In the meantime, here's a flattering review of the album over at Vinyl Anachronist. This is the kind of review I might read to myself on one of those days that I need cheering up.