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The CD "Blue Stories" is my introduction to Pat Pepin (www.patpepin.com), but let me tell you that this Readfield-based performer is somebody you should get to know.
Her brand of the blues is versatile, varied and very entertaining as she slides, swings and sways through the 13 tracks that make up this 48:54-minute-long CD.
It should also be noted that "Blue Stories" is her second album. Pepin's first release was "I'm Ready," which came out in 2002, and it presents the multi-instrumentalist playing acoustic guitar, bass, kazoo and one jaunty, smoking tenor saxophone (her primary instrument of choice).
She's joined by some of Hallowell's best and finest -- Bob Colwell on keyboards (he also engineered the Pepin produced album at his Root Cellar Studios), Steve Jones on guitars, Scott Elliot on bass, Richard Hollis on drums and Peter Re on violin.
As good a sax player as Pepin is, I find her vocal chops to be most compelling -- she can be sassy, witty, exuberant and sultry, but she's always passionate -- and powerful.
I strongly suggest that you check out Pat Pepin's excellent "Blue Stories." In short, this is a compelling, independent performance that will keep you moving, grooving and satisfied for repeated listenings.
- 3/25/2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.


Festival presented by Nova Southeastern University 11/07-9/2008
REVIEW by Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro (excerpt)
...With all due respect to the more famous artists, Saturday's highlights for me were, once again, some of the lesser-known stars. Not being a big fan of the over-top Blues rockers, as amazingly talented as they are, I sought out my kind of stuff. Some of that included finally seeing my dear friend from Maine, Pat Pepin, do a full show. Over the years, I've seen her sit in for a song or two with everyone ranging from local musicians to Blues Music Award-winning acts. Today was her time to shine and shine she did. Backing up Pepin were some of the local guys who did double and triple duty for this festival - Darryl Raines on keyboards and guitar, George Caldwell on bass and Dr. Sellani on drums. Showing why she has represented the state of Maine three times at the International Blues Challenge, Pepin easily established herself a new fan base as the loud cheers and raucous hoots from the crowd attested. Singing her heart out, blowin' the hell out of the sax, and telling stories to her new found fans as if they were old friends at a back yard barbeque, had to have people wondering why Pat Pepin is not a more recognizable name in the Blues world, as indeed it should be.



- BluesWax - Blues Beat


BLUES SISTERS

A local duo is headed to Memphis to compete in an international competition.

By Samantha C. DePoy
Sun Journal Staff Writer 12/31/03

By day, they are grandmothers and middle school education technicians. But when the sun goes down, Pat Pepin and Jan Sturtevant take to the stage, clad in denim and sometimes rhinestones, to belt out the blues.
Through marriage, children, divorce and grandchildren, music has remained a rock for the women.
“Both of us can definitely sing the blues,” said Sturtevant of Livermore with a hoot. “We’ve had some real tough times.”
They both got involved at a young age in music through church, living and making music just miles apart for years. They met for the first time two years ago at a festival.
“We had a ball. Right off, there was an instant con-section,” said Pepin of Readfield. Friendship came fast. Pepin – who has her own group, the Pat Pepin Project , and Sturtevant quickly decided to form their own band. They named it the Mojo Mamas.
Pepin is the front woman, jamming on the sax guitar and foot drums. Sturtevant cleans up on piano and vocals. They play with attitude, their sound more like a five-piece band. After shows, people ask, “How do you do that?”
In November, Mojo Mamas was chosen by a panel of judges to represent the Maine Blues Society in the 20th an-null International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The winner of the national title receives a cash prize, studio time, appearances at several major blues events around the nation and the title of “Best Unsigned Blues Band”.
The blues started in rural areas with people singing about hard times, Pepin explained. The music appeals to Pepin, she said, because of the genre’s honesty and full circle of emotions.
Pepin writes much of the music the Mamas perform. She wrote most of their set list for the upcoming Memphis gig.
The tow talk about Memphis like a 6-year old would talk about Disney World, though neither think the trip and the contest is a-bout winning.
“You don’t go down to win; you go down to network," Pepin said. “What you get out of it, that’s what makes you a winner. Just being there, ahh. These trips are what life is all about.”
It will be Pepin’s second appearance at the contest. There, the duo will have 20 minutes to wow the audience and the judges. “In 20 min-uses, you have to say, ‘Ta-da. This is who we are!’ said Pepin.
She’s not worried. With her flaming red hair and Sturtevant’s coy wide smile, Pepin said people will see them coming a mile away.
Music is Sturtevant’s life, and Memphis is just a way to get out there and get an education. “I just think it’s way cool," she said. “It’s exciting. I am just going to go and do my absolute best. We’ll just play our hearts and souls out. You never know, there is a chance.”
They’ll see who the competition is and try to top it.
Until then, they’ll be kick-in up their heels at gigs a-round the state, hoping to raise the $1,000 for the trip.
Fundraiser performances are set for 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11 at the Loose Moose in Gray and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 at Sully’s in Winthrop.
The Mojo Mamas will also be performing at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Midnight Blues Club in Auburn.
“You don’t choose music. Music chooses you. It’s true. It’s a passion. It’s like we have two lives,” Pepin explained with a giggle. “I’ve got to scrub the floor and then a few hours later, I’m wearing red velvet and rhinestones."
They see themselves as living proof that a life begins at 40.
“Don’t give up,” Pepin said. “It’s never too late to start following your dreams. Live kind, and good things will happen.
- Sun Journal - Lewiston Maine


Anyone who knows Pat Pepin knows that she REALLY is "In It For the Long Haul". She is a fully committed songwriter,singer, musician and entertainer. Pat writes stories of life, love, joy, and sadness, above all else, Pat Pepin is a storyteller. She pulls her ideas from the life scenes around her as well as her own life.
" In It For the Long Haul" reflects the many facets that comprise Pat Pepin. She can be bluesy, saucy & tart, smooth, jazzy, flirty, and playful. Pat has always had the ability to articulate what women feel about men, love and relationships. Women can really relate to a lot of Pat's songs. Alot of us have been to the places that Pat's been, we are just not able to put the emotions into words quite the way that she does.
Recorded right here in Hallowell, at The Rootcellar, Pat is joined on her CD by local musicians: Bob Colwell on all manner of keyboards, Steve Jones guitars and other stringed instruments, Dave Thibodeau bass, Dick Hollis percussion, Angela Plato on trumpet and a cameo appearance on guitar by Pat Colwell on "Long Haul Trucker."
Pat, herself ,a long haul trucker, has spent the last year or so, on the road bringing her brand of music up and down the east coast but a long the way, Pat has honed her musical skills. Patty's vocals on "Sunday Kind of Love" really shows what she is capable of, vocally. She shows fantastic vocal control and caresses her voice like a musical instrument. I was really impressed with Pat's vocals on this CD.
The soulful "Can't be Satisfied" has a danceable beat and tells a story of a thirst that can't be quenched. Bob Colwell's organ rifts add a somber texture to the overall tune. "Don't Call Me Baby, (Baby)" cast Pat in her most infamous role, as the saucy and tart jilted woman. Her down and dirty sax playing lends to the over-all bluesy feel of the song. Ladies, this is one we can all relate too!
"Can't Take It With You" has an awesome arrangement and creates the illusion that Pat is playing with a complete Dixieland Jazz Band. It is obvious that Pat was strongly influenced by her trips to New Orleans and came away with rifts of New Orleans style jazz floating in her head. Angela Plato on trumpet, Bob Colwell on clarinet and Pat not only playing the saxophone but the trombone as well, make you feel as if there is a Dixieland Band coming down the street at any moment. She captured the full flavor of Bourbon St. Dick Hollis's drum and percussion playing is spot on. I really enjoyed this tune.
"Long Haul Trucker" is a classic driving Rock and Roll tune that makes you want to jump up and dance. Pepin and Pat Colwell are no strangers to playing together and their musicality complements each other. Patty has a rocking sax solo embedded in this song.
"Til Death Do Us Part" is a different kind of sound for Pat with sax solos that remind me of the sax player that used to play with Sade. It is a serious song wrapped around a serious story of rose colored relationships. The tone of the music lends creditability to the story. Pat's does an awesome rendition of "This Dress" and "Why Me", where Pat shows us her smooth style and classic Pat Pepin saxophone playing. Both Steve Jones and Dave Thibodeau have a strong influence and add smoothness to both tunes but in particularly to "Why Me."
Once again, Pat spells it all out for us ladies, with "Sneaking Suspicion". I had all I could do to not stop typing and start dancing around the living room and Pat does some fine sax playing in here as well.
And then,we come to "Sunday Kind of Love"..... Pat really out does herself here vocally. I can see Pat in full "torch style" regalia belting out this song of love and longing. It's like Pat stepped back into a different era...very polished and as I stated above, this song really shows what Pat is capable of giving us, vocally.
"Left me Lonely" is a blues tune with a funk overtone and yet again another good dance number. Pat pulls out her playful side in "Ain't What You Got" (it's what you do with it!)
Fortunately, for us, there is a bonus track entitled, "Living at Walmart". (America's free camping ground from sea to shiny sea). The tune has a real kind of Les Paul 50"s style, thanks to the superb guitar playing of Steve Jones. Pat tells us of her observations as she travels from Walmart parking lot to Walmart parking lot in her RV.
This is Pat Pepin's best CD yet...each of her recordings best the one before and once again she blesses us with some memorable dance tunes and some wonderful stories! After hearing this, Pat may find that her fans are 'In It For the Long Haul' as well.!
- Liz Betit, The Hallowell Record 9/30/09


"In It For the Long Haul" is not just the name of Pat Pepin's latest release. They are the very words that she lives by and it's a phrase she confidently uses to describe her career in the music business. In a business that's short on longevity, those are some tough words. On the other hand, Pat's a tough gal. Just ask her where she's from and she'll proudly say "I'm from Maine, where the men are men and the women are too." With an attitude like that, along with having a mastery over the tenor sax, outstanding vocal talents and a great songwriting ability, I believe Pat Pepin may just live up to her motto.

On "In It For the Long Haul" Pat Pepin on vocals, tenor sax, acoustic guitar, soprano sax and trombone, is joined by: Bob Colwell on piano, organ, bass and clarinet; Steve Jones on guitar, bass, dobro, banjo and tambourine; Dave Thibodeau on bass; Richard Hollis on drums, conga and tambourine; Pat Colwell on lead guitar; Angela Plato on trumpet. The disc features a dozen tracks, of which nine are Pat Pepin originals. Showcasing her versatility, the songs cover many styles of blues.

One of her originals, "Don't Call Me Baby, Baby", features Pat doing two of the things she does best..... telling off a man and blowin' the hell out of her sax, and she may be at discs best on the latter. This one also features a great rhythm groove and several hot piano highlights.

You'll feel like you're strollin' down Bourbon Street when "Can't Take it With You" comes on. This is a nice mix of Cajun Blues and Dixieland Jazz and showcases Pat's sense of humor in her writing. The lyrics are a hoot and the horns are hot on this party style sing-a-long.

Be careful if you're driving when this one comes on. This smokin' Texas style blues will make you feel like a "Long Haul Trucker", speeding along on I-10 in a rush to get to San Antonio. This one's a no holds barred jam with everyone's pedal to the metal. Great lead guitar, fiery rhythm and flame throwin' sax all highlight this one.

This track has Pat wondering what a lot of us are wondering these days...."Why Me?". I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that Pat's got this jazz lounge, singer thing down pat. This one's all her. With the band in a smooth and tight jazz groove behind her, she shines on vocals and sax.

It wouldn't be a Pat Pepin disc without a song written, or made famous by, the great Etta James. This time she chose the very beautiful "Sunday Kind Of Love". Once again, it's her vocals and sultry sax riffs that highlight this soft, slow and very sexy ballad. The slow dancers are going to just love this one.

Before I tell you about the closing track, the one referred to as the "bonus novelty track", let me set it up a bit. Ya see, like many blues musicians, Pat Pepin travels the country in a van. Hers is a mini RV with a vanity license plate affectionately displaying it's name - PATIBGO (pictured on the back of the CD cover). Having - on many occasions - taken advantage of a major national retailers very relaxed policy towards RVer's, she was inspired to write "Living At Wal-Mart". It's an incredibly clever and extremely humorous "jingle" about spending nights at what she calls "America's free campground". You're just gonna have to hear it to appreciate it.

Other tracks on "I'm In It For the Long Haul" include: "Can't Be Satisfied", "Can't Take It With You", "Till Death Do Us Part", "This Dress", "Left Me Lonely" and "Ain't What You Got".

Now that Deanna Bogart has made women saxophone players winning Blues Music Awards a common thing, could it be long before another one does? Pat Pepin doesn't think so. If you want to hear why, check her out at www.patpepin.com. Hopefully you'll tell her how and why you're visiting... the Blewzzman sent you and you want to buy a copy of "In It For the Long Haul".

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com - Pete "Blewzzman" Lauro, Mary4music.com Sept 09


Discography

Pat Pepin:
* In It For the Long Haul, 2009 - finalist in 2010 IBC Best Self-Produced CD competition
*blue stories, 2005, independent release
*I'm Ready, 2002, independent release

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..."Singing her heart out, blowin' the hell out of the sax, and telling stories to her new found fans as if they were old friends at a back yard barbeque, had to have people wondering why Pat Pepin is not a more recognizable name in the Blues world, as indeed it should be." - Pete "Blewzzman" Lauro for BluesWax

Pat Pepin

Pat is a singer and saxophonist who knows the blues from the inside out. She sings with conviction and power, infusing her music with heart-felt emotion reminiscent of her vocal influences: Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Etta James. From a hardscrabble childhood in central Maine, Pepin began her singing career in the church choir, like countless blues and soul singers before her. As a young single mother, she earned a B.S. degree in music from the University of Maine at Augusta’s respected music program, majoring in saxophone and vocals.
While getting her degree, she began fronting her own band, the Pat Pepin Project, playing local and regional gigs. Pepin plays saxophone, guitar, drums and bass. She three times won the Maine Blues Society competition, representing the state at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2002, 2004 and 2008.
Pepin has performed in numerous blues festivals, including the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, ME and The South Florida International Blues Festival.

Pat's latest CD release "In it for the Long Haul" has advanced to the final round of judging for the Best Self Produced CD. The winner will be announced at Solo/Duo Finals on the Orpheum Theater stage January 23, 2010 as part of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

Pat’s passion is not confined to the stage. Her warm and upbeat manner is a hit with kids. She hosts the annual Children’s Program at the Maine Blues Festival and has had the honor of working with patients at the Barbara Bush and Shriners Hospitals as part of ‘Raising the Blues’.

Pat sincerely hopes that you will give her your kind consideration as regards her talents and what she offers in terms of being an accomplished Blues educator, saxophonist and vocalist.

Please visit patpepin.com for more information and YouTube for video clips!