Pat Bacon/Bacon's Rebellion
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Pat Bacon/Bacon's Rebellion @ Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Pat Bacon/Bacon's Rebellion @ Floyd's Bar

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

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Pat Bacon/Bacon's Rebellion @ Al's Bar

Glencoe, Minnesota, USA

Glencoe, Minnesota, USA

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Let's Live Forever with Pat Bacon's Rebellion

Just because an artist hasn’t been sanctified, deified, certified and fried in butter by a major label doesn’t mean that they aren’t any good. On the contrary, these ears have seldom found a corollary between talent, performance and entertainment value and a debt-ridden big league deal; indeed, for an independent-minded musician, signing with a major typically means jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Which, really, leaves an artist with one of two choices: sign a sometimes equally oppressive deal with an indie label, or simply do the damn thing yourself. With radio playlists strangled by mediocrity and label A&R departments literally scared-to-frickin-death of anything that doesn’t sound like what’s playing on the radio rightthisminute, it’s no wonder that many serious musicians are choosing to go the D.I.Y. route, rolling the dice and hoping that their MySpace brings a few friends to their web site to hear the music.

Pat Bacon hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the same artistically fertile backyard that spawned Bob Dylan, the Replacements, Prince and the Jayhawks, and in the grand tradition laid down by his musical forebears, Bacon rocks. Although he just started playing music a relatively short time ago, it’s quite obvious to the trained and untrained ear alike after listening to Let’s Live Forever – Bacon’s third album, and his first with the talented Pat Bacon’s Rebellion – that this is a guy that has been chomping at the bit to make music since he dropped from the womb and hit the ground running. Sometimes it takes some artists longer than others to hit their stride, and by the sound of Let’s Live Forever, Bacon has been training for this marathon for some time.

Let it therefore ring eternally from the heavens this undeniable truth: Bacon’s “Let’s Live Forever” is one of the greatest fucking-fantastic roots-rock songs that any single artist has ever had the balls to put pen-to-scrap-o-paper and scribble out the demented lyrics. Sounding like a less-nasally young Zimmerman, Bacon begins with a verse that any and every rock obsessive can relate to: “radio waves singin’ in the nighttime/no one could convince me this ain’t the right time/no one understood how we could feel the music in our souls.” From here, he soars across 50 years of rock ‘n’ rebellion, kicking out verses that brilliantly include aspects of every great working class hero from Dylan, John Fogerty and Springsteen to Steve Earle and Joe Grushecky.

“Let’s Live Forever,” you see, is about the power of the music to transcend mortality and memory and the mundane reality of everyday life. This is the story of the young rocker of Springsteen’s “Rosalita” before the fame and fortune, of “Johnny B. Goode” going for the brass ring, and Bacon’s lyrics manage to capture all of the desire and ambition and naked want that any creative person has felt in their life, often with verses that would knock a lesser songwriter out cold with envy. The chorus is pure gold – “c’mon now, let’s fly together/throw all these chains away/break through the golden tether/c’mon now, let’s live forever.” Throwaway lines like “runnin’ on the backstreets, racing down the highway/win or lose baby, I’m gonna do this my way/I’m blinded by the lights but I’m growin’ up the way that I choose” do more than name check Springsteen, they also pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Bruce’s characters three decades ago and take them to new heights.

When the song comes to its rollicking conclusion, with the protagonist breaking his mother’s heart by leaving home in search of fame and the Midas touch (“you can change your mind become a doctor or a lawyer” she says), he sings “told her not to cry/man I ain’t comin’ home ‘til I can look you in the eye,” tossing out “if Rosie calls tell her I’m just staying busy staying gold” as he walks out the door, bringing the song full-circle and back to the mythical Rosalita. It’s a powerful piece of songwriting, superbly crafted and clever as hell in its references; sadly, you’ll probably never hear it on the radio the way that God and Elvis decreed it should be.

There’s nothing else on Let’s Live Forever that stands up to “Let’s Live Forever,” the song, but not for lack of trying. There’s no shame in this, though, ‘cause I’ve certainly heard albums that had less to build around than this fine opening song. There are plenty of other strong tunes hereabouts, all of ‘em plenty entertaining, illustrating that Bacon’s songwriting chops don’t begin and end with the first tune. “Outstanding” intros with a meaty Andy Smith guitar riff that echoes Lou Reed, Bacon opening with the wonderful line “she was standing in her driveway/lookin’ like Madonna in her prime/thought I saw her lookin’ my way/it mighta been a trick in my mind.” The song, about the fleeting beauty that any heart-on-sleeve romantic witnesses in everyday life, is both dream and reality - Rev. Keith A. Gordon


Discography

Pat Bacon's Rebellion - "Let's Live Forever"

Pat Bacon (self-titled debut cd)

Pat Bacon - The Lucky Ones

All available at Itunes, CDBaby, Amazon.com and most download services

Recently released "Let's Live Forever" is already hitting airwaves.

Several tracks from The Lucky Ones have gotten airplay, some significant. "City Nights", "In Heaven" and "Audrey" are most prominent. Three tracks from the debut CD have gotten play, with "We Were Cool, Too" being the most significant. The CD has been played at over 125 stations and is still in the rotation four months later at some independent stations.

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Pat Bacon is a music junkie who is pursuing his real passion after a career in finance. He writes storytelling songs reminiscent of early Springsteen and John Prine, incorporating more recent influences such as Todd Snider, David Gray and Counting Crows. Bacon currently has the #1 song in the garageband.com Comedy genre as well as a song in the top 10 of the very competitive Americana charts.

Bacon's Rebellion is tight, with each talented musician respecting the others to give appropriate spacing. Bacon has recorded three independent CDs in the past four years and his songwriting has recieved critical acclaim from Nashville professionals. Promotion of the recently released "Let's Live Forever" is beginning in August, 2007.