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Patton Sparks

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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LOVE the tracks. I’m not a big fan of country but great music like this could sway me to their team. Each track is authentic and gripping and fresh and memorable. I could easily hear this at the Emmys. Impressive. Well done all around. Isn’t music wonderful? - Dr. Joe Vitale, a star in the hit movie The Secret, bestselling author of The Attractor Factor and Z

Patton Sparks is equally comfortable doing rough and rowdy Friday night anthems and songs for lovers. For your sweet-tooth there’s “Sweet Suzanne”. The melody makes the eyes close and the hips sway. Songs like “Loaded and Loud” give the listener a window into the joy of a blue-collar Texas weekend. The husky guitar tones combine with a cool organ sound and of course that Texas fiddle. It all blends perfectly and makes you wish you were riding shotgun. - Matt McKenney Z-107.5 Program Director Ruston, LA

The Patton Sparks Band must have listened when Alabama let everyone in the county world know that “you gotta have a fiddle in the band” then add some strong steel guitar notes that blend oh so well with the knock your socks off guitar playing of Brandon Sparks; mix it with Josh Patton’s bona fide singing abilies and concrete lyrics to create a EP called “Loaded & Loud”. This EP has 5 radio worthy singles that are real life and relatable. Each listener that has the pleasure of hearing this EP will find themselves singing along and wanting more. I already want more and the EP isn’t even one week old yet!!!!!!!! The Patton Sparks Band have all the tools in the shed to be a fixture in the mainstream (Top 40) country scene. Watch out Billboard these guys are gunning for #1 and have the ammunition to make it happen over and over again!!!!! - Patrick Hall - KXKZ - 107.5 FM - Ruston, LA


Loaded & Loud - 2012



Seconds into Patton Sparks’ Loaded and Loud, listeners will know they are hearing the result of years of hard work and paid musical dues packaged into an album so fresh and energetic that one can’t help but love these old souls who are new on the scene.

An Austin, Texas based country duo who have been playing clubs and bars around Texas for several years, Patton Sparks have shared the stage with established acts such as Sean McConnell, Ryan Beaver, Bri Bagwell, Ben Danaher, and Django Walker. Their array of musical influences includes country legends Hank Williams, Johnny Horton and Marty Robbins, the gritty southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, and the blues rock of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughn. Loaded and Loud fuses all these influences into an album that grabs the listener from the get go and doesn’t let up until the last note, much like the dynamic personalities of Josh Patton and Brandon Sparks.

Josh Patton grew up in Brazoria County along the gulf coast region of Texas. He was steeped in music from an early age, singing hymns with his grandmother in church on Sundays and listening to 8 tracks of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Charley Pride while riding around in the truck with his grandfather. Brandon Sparks grew up in Rockwall in northeast Texas. He fell in love with music at an early age, experimenting on everything he could find from keyboards to drums. At 13, his stepfather opened his eyes to Texas blues and rock guitar and it was then he realized he was born for the instrument; he hasn’t spent a day without a guitar in his hands since.

The duo was formed during a jam on the Guadalupe River one night after a day of tubing with friends. Sparks notes that the cliche is true; “We were at the right place at the right time...our styles fell in sync like clockwork.” The two have forged a strong bond based on creating an authentic, honest sound and also sticking to the values they hold dear - hard work, balance, and living their passion.

Patton Sparks recorded the Loaded & Loud EP with producer Daniel Barrett at Rubicon Artist Development in Austin. A mixture of Patton’s gritty vocals and Sparks’ driving guitar work, the songs let this duo shine with their honesty and devotion to the good times, whether it’s celebrating the moment in the swampy, rock-driven (“Loaded and Loud”) or working through heartache to find the truth (“Lovesick Fool”). Josh Patton shares that, “Much like a movie scene, whether recollection of past true events, or imaginary ones, the story seems to write itself most times...on a good day.” Sparks adds that he hopes their music, “takes people away from their pain but also supports the thrills we all have in life.”

The speed of their journey is remarkable. Over the course of the year Patton Sparks went from having no songs to their name to recording an album and hearing themselves on country radio stations in Texas and Louisiana. With their heartfelt devotion to the song and penchant for a good time, Patton Sparks is poised to be the next breakout act on the country scene.

The esteemed cast of musicians on Loaded and Loud includes Rick Richards (Joe Walsh, Ray Wylie Hubbard), Lunchmeat (Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis), Warren Hood (South Austin Jug Band), Paul Glasse (Johnny Gimble), Red Young (Eric Burdon and the Animals, ), Daniel Barrett (porterdavis), and Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Dixie Chicks).