Pat Jordan Band
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Pat Jordan Band

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Santa Rosa, California, United States
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"Pat Jordan Band"

I always love it when an artist or group does something fresh and the Pat Jordan Band is just such a group. While giving me hints of Blues Traveler they still retain a distinct and original sound. The music is bluesy acoustic rock with a solid beat and exceptional production values. The band isn't your standard guitar rock lineup as they use several unusual instruments compared to today's typical pop sound. Sure they have an exceptional drummer, acoustic guitars and bass but they also include a sax and this puts the icing on the cake. The little decorations are crunchy guitar leads that are masterfully done in a tasteful way.

They lyrical content is mature and experienced yet it stays in touch with the younger demographic. This element, mixed with the great musicianship of the group, exceptional production, and engineering produces a jazzy, blues based finish that is neither boring nor repetitive. The songs range from soft melodic and thoughtful to swaying, whimsical and upbeat - a solid formula for any album release while not sounding or pretending to be formulated. Their unusual approach may not appeal to the hardest sugary pop fan but nonetheless their sound and progressions include something for everybody. These songs are well crafted and well thought out and compel the listener to explore deeper into the track list that the Pat Jordan band has compiled.

I am actually looking forward to hearing more material from the Pat Jordan Band. This is also a good tactic for any artist as it leaves the listener wanting more and that is how music should be. Satisfying but not too filling. Check out the Pat Jordan band at: http://www.patjordanband.com/music/ for more information and music. If you have great taste you will really enjoy this group.

Lee W., Absolute Media 2013
- Absolute Media


"Pat Jordan Band"

I always love it when an artist or group does something fresh and the Pat Jordan Band is just such a group. While giving me hints of Blues Traveler they still retain a distinct and original sound. The music is bluesy acoustic rock with a solid beat and exceptional production values. The band isn't your standard guitar rock lineup as they use several unusual instruments compared to today's typical pop sound. Sure they have an exceptional drummer, acoustic guitars and bass but they also include a sax and this puts the icing on the cake. The little decorations are crunchy guitar leads that are masterfully done in a tasteful way.

They lyrical content is mature and experienced yet it stays in touch with the younger demographic. This element, mixed with the great musicianship of the group, exceptional production, and engineering produces a jazzy, blues based finish that is neither boring nor repetitive. The songs range from soft melodic and thoughtful to swaying, whimsical and upbeat - a solid formula for any album release while not sounding or pretending to be formulated. Their unusual approach may not appeal to the hardest sugary pop fan but nonetheless their sound and progressions include something for everybody. These songs are well crafted and well thought out and compel the listener to explore deeper into the track list that the Pat Jordan band has compiled.

I am actually looking forward to hearing more material from the Pat Jordan Band. This is also a good tactic for any artist as it leaves the listener wanting more and that is how music should be. Satisfying but not too filling. Check out the Pat Jordan band at: http://www.patjordanband.com/music/ for more information and music. If you have great taste you will really enjoy this group.

Lee W., Absolute Media 2013
- Absolute Media


"Partying with Heart"

a gregarious, wide-eyed bear of a man - grabs hold of an acoustic guitar that looks more like a toy ukulele in his hands.
But before the punchline arrives, a party breaks out. A rowdy bar-band sing-along that quickly picks up any club, even the ersatz Irish pub Finnegan's in Novato last weekend (a stripped-down show sadly missing drummer Steve Toomey).
Barely legal Marin vixens chime in with a tongue-in-cheek cover of Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time." The hilarious lyrics to "Hugs Not Drugs" inspires a giddy dyed-blonde to yell, "He said, 'jugs!'"
No matter where the Pat Jordan Band plays - at Santa Rosa's Last Day Saloon this weekend for St. Patrick's Day, a regular gig at the Russian River Brewing Co. or the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco - the homegrown Sonoma County foursome is quickly becoming the most likely to move booties on the dance floor, sell beer and Jaegermeister at the bar and get a crowd to sing along.
Standing out on the back patio of Finnegan's after the gig, Pat Jordan is sweating so much he has to grab a flannel shirt from his car to throw over a baseball jersey. An executive-search maven by day, the 27-year-old Cardinal Newman grad is nursing a free beer around midnight, clearly happy about winning over another new crowd. It seems to happen wherever he goes.
His familiar rootsy songs channel the barefoot melodies of Dave Matthews or John Popper. But it's still a sound all his own - a catchy acoustic groove that goes over well from pub to frat party, as songs about 10-foot-high devotion and running into an old high-school crush in the hardware store segue easily from Bob Marley to Bob Dylan.
Chatty riffs set up jokes and knock them down. The art of playing wingman translates into "Taking one for the team, so your buddy can live the dream." "Hugs Not Drugs" keeps coming back to "can and jugs" before he name-drops Sugar Ray Leonard in a line "boosted" from outtakes of the "Liar, Liar" DVD.
But he's quick to mix it up. The song he's most proud of, "Lucky Loser," seems on the surface like a breakup song. In a plaintive tone, the chorus begs, "Who's the lucky loser of this fight?"
Beneath the melody, it's a very personal story.
"I'll probably never write another song like that," Jordan says, pausing and taking a deep breath as his eyes well up.
When he was old enough to understand, his mother told him about his twin sister who died at birth, leaving him with the question: "I wonder who the lucky one is, the one who died right away or the one left to fight - so who's the lucky loser?"
It's not something he dwells on, but the point is obvious: On the surface, the Pat Jordan Band may be a tip-jar party band, but it's a party band with a heart and a surprising knack for turning 20-something experience into compelling lyrics.
"We don't have a weird scarf on our neck and weird pants, and we're not booking our photo shoot tomorrow," Jordan says.
"It's not always about us. People say, 'Oh I want to go to the Pat Jordan show because I haven't seen that guy Steve in the longest time and I know he'll be there.' And I look down sometimes and it's heartwarming, and then other times I just want to party with you guys right now."
Harmonica player Dallas Jones doesn't see any separation: "It's like we're in the crowd. We are the crowd when we play music, there's no difference."
Since 2002, when Jordan started playing solo, working out the live dynamic, gig by gig, and slowly gathering a following, the band has played venues like Petaluma's Mystic Theatre and the Red Devil Lounge, opening for American Drag, Five A.M. and Bag of Toys. From benefit gigs at the Sonoma Developmental Center to annual Chico State alumni bashes outside AT&T Park, they'll play almost anywhere.
In 2004, he met bassist Justin Bordessa after posting an ad on Craigslist. The part-time dental hygienist was playing upright jazz bass at the time, but Jordan showed him the chord progression to "Get Go," which would later become the lead song on their independently produced debut CD "April's Fools." The two became inseparable.
Inspired by bands like O.A.R. Guster and Bob Schneider, Jordan ran into Jones, a journeyman carpenter who was playing "hip-hop harmonica" at a house party. Drummer Toomey eventually hopped on board, and the band started rehearsing in a Healdsburg warehouse.
Now, they're plotting a six-date run in June, starting off at the Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley, moving on to Santa Barbara and the Viper Room in Hollywood.
To uninitiated promoters, Jordan tells it like this: "We're easy on the ears. We have fans from like 50 years old to 5 years old. And we're the type of band that belongs in the corner of your bar because we're having a blast and our (stuff) ain't offensive and you can tune it out or tune it in as much as you want."
Back on the patio, a waitress drops off another round. Bordessa and his wife lament the demise of the Old Vic in Santa Rosa. Jones eventually wanders off with a lar - Press Denmocrat


Discography

Pat Jordan - LIVE -2004
Pat Jordan Band - April's Fools - 2006
Pat Jordan Band - Twice - 2010
PAt Jordan Band - King of Wishful Thinking (single) 2011

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Pat Jordan Band started in a garage, in living rooms, backyards, by lakes and on beaches and has grown into a powerful five-piece acoustic-rock band based in Northern California. With a sound carved from hundreds of live shows, and constant drive to evolve and progress, Pat Jordan Band has developed a devoted following spanning from coast to coast, and a style all their own.

Pat Jordan first picked up the guitar as a hobby, and quickly found it his passion. An outlet for his creativity at first; songwriting and performing have proven to be his calling. While he started performing on his own, and continues to enjoy it, he was inspired to find a away to appropriately take his songs to the next level, and formed a band. The line-up has gone through some changes over time, but friendships were forged and relationships built that have come to make the band what it is today.

On acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Pat Jordan deftly maneuvers from deeply personal ballads to much-better-than-average party jams, and sings with a clarity and presence that can get you off your feet, or move you in those places you’re soft. Drummer Rob Matteri is a sleeper force in the back, and he’s joined by Josh Barrett’s playful passion on bass to fill out the rhythm section. Simon Melrose’s distinct tones and understated solo work fill the spaces with electric guitar, and Brendan Buss rounds out the band’s sound with soulfully crafted work on the saxophone.

There is a joy and passion in watching Pat Jordan Band perform live; an interplay between the musicians, and a power greater than the sum of its parts that flows freely from the stage. This band truly enjoys what they do, and it’s fun to watch them do it.

PJB’s sophomore album, “Twice,” was released on January 25, 2011 and includes their first single For The Taking. The pop groove, heavy instrumental layering, and smooth melody blend very nicely together to make this a solid track. There’s a place where sincerity and musical creativity meet, and it’s where PJB and its diverse members have made their home. After years of shows and parties, rehearsals and relentlessly fighting for every last opportunity to play and improve, the band has reached a high-note and is earning their exposure on a scene that could use their presence.