Bill Patton


Seattle-based singer-songwriter Bill Patton will have his full length debut for new label Versicolor Records out next month. Bill has played guitar and pedal steel for the Fleet Foxes, Low Hums, Poor Moon, Gold Leaves, J. Tillman, and many others. 

Here’s the track listing for “A New Kind Of Man”:

Side A:

“Jenny From The Block” (Jennifer Lopez/Troy Oliver/Mr. Deyo/Samuel Barnes/ Jean Claude Oliver/Jose Fernando Arbex Miro/Lawrence Parker/Scott Sterling/ Michael Oliver/David Styles/Jason Phillips)
“I Broke Your Toy”

Side B:

“I Want To Hold Your Hand” (John Lennon/ PaulMcCartney)
“The Color Of The Moon”
“I Don’t Blame You”
“Oh Yoko” (Lennon)
“If I Had A Home”

What’s the new album A New Kind Of Man all about?

Bill Patton:It is a rich and buttery tapestry. Definitely more layered, on so many tracks. But still in mono, like the other ones, though I’ve only done one full-length previously (Gets it On). I also have a yet-unreleased 9″ coming out maybe this year or next, on a new label associated with an art gallery in Los Angeles. I think I must have played like 50 different instruments on A New Kind of Man. I also inhaled a bunch of glass dust during the sessions at Chroma Sound from some sort of glass factory next door (I thought it was some kind of incense smoke or something from the sex club which was also next door to the studio), so it’s possible that the recording will someday have killed me. One time a lady wandered in thinking the studio was the sex club, but we’re all gentlemen so no one tried to hook up with her, though clearly that would have been a pretty ideal scenario for that sort of shenanigan.”

What is the story behind recording A New Kind Of Man?

Bill: “That is the Longest Story Ever Told. It started at my drummer’s grandmother’s house in Ballard, where we tracked about eight songs with Justin Gerardy (engineer) on a laptop. That was with our bass player at the time, Don McGreevy, and Jason Merculief on the drums. I did some overdubs and what-not at Justin Gerardy’s house, as well as at home. Later, I booked time at a now-defunct studio called Chroma Sound and recorded another six or so songs with an engineer from San Francisco named Desmond Shea. That was with our newer bass player, Joe Kaufman, and that is also where most of the main vocal tracks were recorded, as well as Zach and Josh Tillman’s backing vocals on ‘Oh Yoko’ and ‘I Broke your Toy.’ Then I did a bunch more overdubbing at home. Finally, I took the hard drive over to Kory Kruckenberg’s studio, VU Recording, where we did lots of edits and some overdubs, and mixed. Then Mell Dettmer mastered it at her studio, Aleph Studios. She also did the vinyl master.”

How’d you hook up with Chris Early’s sexy new label Versicolor Records? 

Bill: “I know Chris from playing in bands with him mostly. We actually met at my first real solo show, which also happened to be Horses‘s (later Band of Horses) first show, at the Green Room in Seattle. Later, we played together in a band called Joseph Giant. Then I joined Gold Leaves (another Chris Early band), after about their third show. And now Chris has joined Low Hums, another band I play in. So that’s the connection, and he and Heather were into Gets it On, and they heard A New Kind of Man and decided to sign it.”

Is it true you play out a lot with the other musicians on the label? 

Bill: “Yes, besides with Chris, I play with Gabe Mintz, locally and on a tour, and Tomo Nakayama is in Gold Leaves, so we’ve played a lot together.”

Bill Patton BIO:

“My first release got a lot of college airplay, and was radio-promoted by Josh Bloom at Fanatic in NYC. It charted at a few college stations, I think number two maybe in Baton Rouge and number three in Reno? Something like that. I play in tons of bands all the time, and record on a lot of stuff. I was on the last Fleet Foxes album (lap steel and pedal steel on “Grown Ocean”), and on a bunch of the last Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter album, and the Poor Moon full-length, as well as on most of the J. Tillman albums before Father John Misty. I got to play guitar and pedal steel with Crosby, Stills, and Nash one time (also Shawn Colvin, Brandy Carlisle, Jason Mraz, The Long Winters, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Paul Allen, Pete Droge, the Head and the Heart, a bunch of stuff at a “fundraiser all-star jam out, brother!”). Currently, I’m playing with Bill Patton and the Credentials, Gold Leaves, Whiting Tennis, Mike Dumovich, Gabe Mintz, Low Hums, The Wet City Rockers, The Sumner Brothers, and Ghosts I’ve Met.” (Whew!)


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