Pat Ferguson
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Pat Ferguson

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | INDIE

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Americana Folk




"Pat Ferguson paints masterpiece on debut album"

Pat Ferguson really sucked me in with his first full-length solo album, “Light of Day/Dark of Night,” just based on the music. It’s a blend of folk, country, Americana, bluegrass, even 1970's pop, that I’d stack next to favorites of mine like Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and Gram Parsons.

When I got a chance to talk with Ferguson about the album, what it took to get it made, who helped him make it and the story that it tells, it hit me that “Light of Day/Dark of Night” is not just great music. It’s a deeply meaningful and artistic masterpiece. - La Crosse Tribune (Randy Erickson)

"Pat Ferguson - "Light of Day / Dark of Night""

Musically the Smokin’ Bandits offer few glimpses of what was to come for Ferguson, who has developed into a fine acoustic guitar finger-stylist and a songwriter capable of reaching into the depths of both despair and gratitude to fuel his inspiration. But the world is currently busting at the seams with sensitive New Folk singers brandishing wooden guitars, both male and female, as the economics of music in combination with technological advances continue to move artists toward simpler means of expression, both in recording and performance realms. With such proliferation Ferguson was able to break through by developing expansive arrangement techniques, transforming standard singer-songwriter fare into mini-epics, and by capitalizing on his history with his producer Adam Greuel and with Chad Staehly.

There is plenty of beauty permeating Light of Day / Dark of Night. With emotional directness Ferguson is able to stand out in the crowded field of modern folk contemporaries. His inventive approach to the guitar and to his arranging are able to set him apart. Though he’s a seasoned professional, this is a strong solo debut, one that bears the hallmarks of a truly gifted songwriter and of more good things to come. - Local Sounds Magazine (Rick Tvedt)

""Light of Day / Dark of Night" - Album Review"

With musicians coast to coast dipping their toes in American Roots music and dosing the airwaves with an onslaught of hipsters sporting acoustic guitars and crooning out their fractured melodies it can be arduous to find an artist who digs deeper into their being to pull out something greater than a whimsical tune played at the local coffee chain. Pat Ferguson (The Smokin’ Bandits) is that rare light shining through the darkness of generic Americano. The Wisconsin based performer has emerged as a renowned and nationally recognized solo artist and released this first full-length solo effort, “Light of Day/Dark of Night” on LoHi Records and it is brilliant. - Honest Tune Magazine (Amber Jennings)

"Leader of the Pack - Pat Ferguson releases a lean and accomplished solo album"

In a town brimming with gifted folk rock artists, Ferguson’s new songs show him to be the current leader of the pack. - Isthmus Magazine (Andy Moore)

"Release day picks - April 27th, 2018"

Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by Willie Nelson, Dr. Dog, Okkervil River, Nolatet, Janelle Monae and Pat Ferguson. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin. - JamBase

"Cover Story: Pat Ferguson"

He isn't new to the music scene, but Pat Ferguson has a new feeling about it. "There are exciting things happening right now for the groups coming out of Madison. Really exciting times around here," Ferguson says.

And his own timing may be contributing to the excitement, as he is on the road promoting his first solo album, "Light of Day / Dark of Night," after touring with a band for years. Pat also has a regular Wednesday night residency at HotelRED in Madison, which he says has helped fuel much of the material on the new album. Pat will be releasing the album for the first time at a show on April 27 at the Stoughton Opera House, and took time to answer our questions about this new stage of his career, and how he's always been connected to music. - Maximum Ink Music Magazine (Teri Barr)

"Pat Ferguson shares new single, "The Night (The Temptress)" featuring Jacob Jolliff"

Madison, Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter Pat Ferguson will issue his debut album Light Of Day / Dark Of Night on April 27 via LoHi Records. The solo release features several special guests, including Yonder Mountain String Band mandolin player Jacob Jolliff on the single “The Night / The Temptress.” - JamBase

"Pat Ferguson to release "Light of Day / Dark of Night""

Originally making waves as a founding member and lead guitarist for longtime Midwest music scene staple, The Smokin' Bandits, Pat Ferguson has emerged as a renowned and nationally recognized solo performer, songwriter, and vocalist. His sound channels Americana, bluegrass, and folk, deeply influenced by his Upper Mississippi River musical roots.

Based in Madison, WI, Pat has announced the release of his first full-length solo effort, Light of Day / Dark of Night, due out 4/27/18 on LoHi Records. Produced by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day / Dark of Night is a record that paints the picture of retrospect and builds an appreciation for what it means to ride the highest of highs or lowest of lows, while longing with admiration for the other. The album showcases a collection of original music that combines gorgeous instrumentation, stirring harmonies, and powerful songwriting rooted in his core influences.

Featuring guest contributions from the likes of Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), Kyle Keegan (Ben Howard & Mandolin Orange), Kenny Leiser (Wheelhouse), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi), Sarah Vos (Dead Horses), and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day / Dark of Night is a pure representation of the power of musical collaboration, chronicling a journey that will speak to music lovers of all genres and generations. Pat will be on tour the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2018 performing solo and also with his band, The Sundown Sound, in support of the record. - Grateful Web

"Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound"

Madison-based, nationally recognized roots musician, Pat Ferguson, celebrates the release of his first solo album Light of Day / Dark of Night with the Stoughton Opera House on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 pm. The founding member and lead guitarist for Smokin’ Bandits took to his own with a fifteen year solo career that had him touring and performing with world-class musicians, Country Music and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers, and Grammy Award winners. Produced by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day/ Dark of Night shines a light on Ferguson’s years of collaboration as the album features a host of names familiar to those ingratiated with the Americana scene: Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), Kyle Keegan (Ben Howard), Kenny Leiser (Wheelhouse), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi), Sarah Vos (Dead Horses), and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Pat Ferguson and his friends are bound to make this album release show a good old fashioned party! - ISTHMUS


Light of Day / Dark of Night 

Release Date: April 2018
Artist: Pat Ferguson
Recorded: 11/2016-1/2018 at Blast House (Madison, WI), Wash n' Dry Studios (Brooklyn NYC), and Actual Sound Studios (La Crosse, WI)
Producer: Adam Greuel
Lead Engineer: Landon Arkens 
Engineer: Bennett Paster (Wash & Dry Studios)
Engineer: Mike Von Muchow (Actual Sound Studios)

Artist Contributors:

Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)
Jacob Jolliff (YMSB)
Kyle Keegan (Ben Howard / Mandolin Orange)
Kenny Leiser (WheelHouse) 
Sam Odin (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)
Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi)
Sarah Vos (Dead Horses)
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (on "Please Be With Me")



Originally making wave as a founding member and lead guitarist for longtime Midwest music scene staple, The Smokin' Bandits, LoHi Records recording artist Pat Ferguson (Madison, WI) has emerged as a nationally renowned performer, songwriter, and vocalist. His finger and flat-picking style channels Americana, bluegrass, and folk; a signature sound deeply influenced by his Upper Mississippi River musical roots. 

Ferguson is coming off of a wildly successful 2021 Summer Tour a part of the Ferguson, Carbone, & Peck trio, which featured Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Elliott Peck (Midnight North, Phil Lesh's Terrapin Family Band), and which culminated with an epic tour finale at the Dillon Amphitheatre alongside Railroad EarthPeter RowanDan TyminskiBill Nershi (String Cheese Incident), and more. This incredible momentum continued into Fall 2021, where he and his band, The Sundown Sound, shared the stage with Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan for a standout set at Boats & Bluegrass Festival and culminated with an East Coast solo tour alongside Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Midnight NorthJacob Jolliff, and more.

Now, 2022's light promises to shine even bigger and brighter, with plans to release his highly anticipated sophomore LP in late 2022 and a run of final shows to support. Recorded at Mix-o-Lydian Studios in Delaware Water Gap, PA and produced by Tim Carbone (Railroad EarthThe High Hawks), the new record features Carbone, Bobby Gronna (People Brothers Band), Carey Harmon (Railroad Earth), Jacob Jolliff, Kenny Leiser (Joseph Huber), Teresa Marie (People Brothers Band), Tony Marino (Phil Woods Quintet), Elliott Peck (Midnight NorthPhil Lesh’s Terrapin Family Band), Mike Robinson (Railroad Earth, Sarah Jarosz), Kevin Rowe (Buffalo Gospel), and banjo great Tony Trischka.

Light of Day / Dark of Night, Pat’s first solo record, was produced by Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades) and released in 2018 on LoHi Records to widespread critical acclaim.

Pat performs solo, with his band The Sundown Sound, the Ferguson, Carbone, & Peck trio, and many other collaborations with some of the best that the Midwest and National scenes have to offer. In nearly two decades of touring with a variety of collaborations, Pat has shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Little Feat, Dr. John, Peter Rowan, Railroad Earth, Billy Nershi, Todd Snider, Jason Isbell, Trampled by Turtles, Trigger Hippy, The High Hawks, Chicago Farmer, The Big Wu, People Brothers Band, Pert Near Sandstone, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Band of Heathens, and many more 

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