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 a country album so fresh and energetic that one can’t help but love these old souls who are new on the scene.

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A song I wrote about the fantasy of meeting someone I liked at work. I got to wondering what it would have, could have been like if we’d meet under different circumstances. My imagination took me places in this little night dream…stretching the limits to say the least…

OWN ME TONIGHT “Beautiful stranger”

Starring in the eyes of stranger
Love is something I’ve never trust
Barely aware, of the up coming danger
We were Losing our minds in lust

She was looking for a reason
I was trying to buy some time
Couraging up, tired of the teasing,
I walked up and gave her my best line

Beautiful stranger, own me tonight
Lay me down, tie me up
Use me for a night, or fall in love,
Beautiful stranger, own me tonight

Before my lips could speak again
She was leading me by the hand
Outside of the bar, we got into her car
And speed through the night like the wind

And with my lips on her neck
And my palms on her knees
We were speeding through the night while she begging me please

Beautiful stranger, own me tonight
Lay me down, tie me up,
Use me for a night, or fall in love,
Beautiful stranger,
Beautiful stranger,
Beautiful stranger,
Own me tonight,
Own me tonight,
Own me tonight

Girls Trip

Fathers day weekend and I’m on my way/
picking up my baby girls/
you know that’s something they hate/
their daddy/ calling them babies at their age/

One’s 13 going on 23/
the other is 7 going on 13/
and their growing just like honeysuckle vines/so
stubborn, sweet, and wild

(pre chorus)
I’ve got’em all to myself for the next 3 days/
so much to do on my list of manly things/
we’re going huntin and fishing/c
amping and swimming/
ah but who am I kiddin…
I’m on a girls trip

(chorus)
Now we’re Shoppin at the mall
For make up and lip stick gloss/
And, oh dear god/…
Push up bras??/

Gossip magazines/
Pedicured toes on their feet/
Headphones blaring out toTaylor swift…
How did I ever get on this
GIRLS TRIP!

Once upon a time I hung the stars and moon/
For right now they kinda think I’m still cool/
That’s just an hour glass of sand/
running out soon/

Ive tried not to dwell on all ill miss/
Every bed time story every goodnight kiss/
I’m trying to make memories they’ll never forget/
I guess I’m giving in/
Come girls Let’s take a girls trip/

(chorus)
Now we’re Shoppin at the mall
For make up and lip stick gloss/
For, oh dear god/…
Push up bras??/

Gossip magazines/
Pedicured toes on their feet/
Headphones blaring out toTaylor swift…
How did I ever get on this
GIRLS TRIP!!

Bridge
The 1st, 3rd and sometimes 5th weekends/
Makes me feel like a sometimes dad/
But as they grow and look back/
I hope they remember all good times that we had/
And when the world seems broken
And they need quick fix/
I hope they say call up their dear old dad/
For a Girls trip!!

(chorus)
Now we’re Shoppin at the mall
For make up and lip stick gloss/
For, oh dear god/…
Push up bras??/

Gossip magazines/
Pedicured toes on their feet/
We’re still jammin out toTaylor swift…
I thank my lucky stars that
I’m on a GIRLS TRIP!!
Girls trip!!

Update from Brandon:

Today we received some photos from the video shoot which were awesome…green wheat field shots with blue sky backdrop, black and white shots, endless road, and more.  Some will be used for the inside of the CD and others for the website and other things.  We have new venues reviewing our music for a new shows including a summer winery residency.  

Each Rubicon season has yielded something that can be considered a “game changer”.  In retrospect some of the big changes have come into light during the middle of the season, and in the last season for me, the very last day was most influential.  You never exactly know when a new light is “switched on” but this time around it happened the very first week in which we redefined what practice and rehearsals should actually look like. 

Through the recording of our practice/rehearsal sessions we have been blazing forward with all components of songs from the lyrics and backup vocals to bridge development and rhythm tempo changes.  This results is the tightening these songs into more recordable-friendly compositions in the making.  This process within itself is inspiring and motivating.  This has also put us in the highest level of communication yet…which we find is critical to the underlying vibe…gotta break bread with family and friend ;)

Finally we took some time off this weekend and both went separate ways to tap into creative juices.  For Josh it was a trip back to Alabama…which he can weigh in on.  For me it was the river, where Josh and I met.  We watched literally 6 professional bands perform over the weekend at Whitewater, all of them from different genres and from right there on the side stage.  It’s amazing to analyze the crowd and performers from that perspective…for me that was inspiring, mind blowing and energizing…. you can see what energy it takes to move 5600 people into dancing their faces off (Skrillex) and how different the effect can be watching what I consider very talented American artists who only brought in about 800 (Band of Heathens).  The art itself is left to discussion and personal opinion of what music is better;  but irrespective of the art form….the performance value is what sells tickets and beer, and makes the people dance…even for just a few hours into another world where their cares are forgotten. 

The passion in art and the discipline that music requires is for the artist(s) to enjoy mostly…but it’s this performance aspect of music that gets you booked, gets you loved, and gets you paid.

Inspired by an past love from my youth and thinking of the senior year beach trip I missed to go off and play stupid football in Missouri…I wrote this…


My Sea (Josh Patton)

Lonely shipman with no home
Charted maps of the unknown
Only a fear of sinking alone
Lonely shipman without a home

There ain’t a ship we ain’t sailed
A thousand times we both fail
Anchored by a floatin prisoner cell
There ain’t a ship we ain’t sailed

Controls in the wheelhouse,
 and she is my sea,
release the helm to her currents,
 My starboard rests upon her beach.
I laid and bathed in her gentle waves,
 her salty tides wash over me,
Healing old wounds,
cleansing insecurities…
I am at her mercy,
I am at her mercy,
She is my sea

Face down in a shipwrecked tide
Old love rules of a past no longer abide
Driftwood rafts broken by my side
Face down in a shipwrecked tide

There ain’t a ship we ain’t sailed
A thousand times we both fail
Anchored by a floatin prisoner cell
There ain’t a ship we ain’t sailed

Controls in the wheelhouse,
 and she is my sea,
release the helm to her currents,
 My starboard rests upon her beach.
I laid and bathed in her gentle waves,
 her salty tides wash over me,
Healing old wounds,
cleansing all insecurities…
I am at her mercy,
I am at her mercy,
She is my sea

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Day 1’s shoot ended with a beer filled bang… Patton and I ended up playing acoustically late into the night campsite for a small group and we absolutely loved it. Day 2 was a busy day. Daran did a time lapse of the sun rise even though it was overcast. This is so rad because we will have time lapse sunset and sunrise for the footage.

We did some great shots with Brian on his bike in front of the truck driving down a long country road…the lead truck had a jib holding the camera inches above the ground and also away from the front wheel (which was cool). We got my solo standing in the bed of the truck and sitting on the tail gate to see what looks best. While we were sitting around on break I noticed that next to the road were hip high fields of wheat (still green) but flowing like a huge lake in the wind. Off into the field Patton and I blasted….it was funny cause you could hear the “oh yea…yea….yes!” coming from behind the snapping shutters from the camera nerds (I can say that because I’m a guitar nerd). Some amazing shots in the flowing wheat y’all!!!! The wind picked up at the right times and it was beautiful. I even did a solo scene in the wheat which was probably better than the back of the truck stuff.

In the very end of this scene Patton and I pretend that the truck breaks down and he and I walk off down the long endless road with guitars and amps in hand and disappear. What was so much better is that a big ass Chevy diesel came by and there were two twenty something girls sitting in the truck. Christine said, “We have to have these hot chicks pick up J and B!” Brian sped off on his bike to catch them and they agreed. So next thing you know they drive up honking and we throw up our thumbs. Hot girls say “Need a ride boys?” and we say yes and throw down the tailgate and hop in.

I’m going to leave the beach stuff for you all to see with your own eyes. There was some funny and amazing shooting in the creek. It should all come out really good. Josh had to re-emphasize his “no nipple” clauses in the contract but he ended up shirtless regardless in the cold ass water with me.

Can’t wait to see it all come together. All in all it was an epic weekend that left a nice impression on me as a person. I have to say it’s so great to reflect on the friendship I have with Josh which has blossomed into a brotherly bond. Josh’s family really came through big for us on the land, food, and quality hang time…it really felt nice to have that presence there. I am grateful for our buddies who were so giving with their weekend…I’m so grateful for everyone who shared their time with us!

What an amazing day we had today.  Patton Sparks for the first time gets to play on the radio 98.1 KJUG in San Luis Obispo, CA. Amazing hospitality from Pepper Joel and Austin. Hope Family Wines sponsoring the show and an event at Sullivan’s…”the Ron Burgundy room”!  It was amazing to be there in a room full great musicians like Mickey Braun of Micky and the Motorcars, Cody Canada and the Departed, Charlie Mars who played an amazing performance that gave me chills all the way up my scalp!   Just really really cool stuff today!  Makes me feel like we belong in the room and glad KJUG is spinning our record on the radio show out in California.  We got to play 2 songs, Lovesick Fool and Loaded Loud a lot of great energy and great emotion in a learning experience here at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. It always surprises me what I learn about myself watching other great musicians. - JP

What an amazing day we had today.  Patton Sparks for the first time gets to play on the radio 98.1 KJUG in San Luis Obispo, CA. Amazing hospitality from Pepper Joel and Austin. Hope Family Wines sponsoring the show and an event at Sullivan’s…”the Ron Burgundy room”!  It was amazing to be there in a room full great musicians like Mickey Braun of Micky and the Motorcars, Cody Canada and the Departed, Charlie Mars who played an amazing performance that gave me chills all the way up my scalp!   Just really really cool stuff today!  Makes me feel like we belong in the room and glad KJUG is spinning our record on the radio show out in California.  We got to play 2 songs, Lovesick Fool and Loaded Loud a lot of great energy and great emotion in a learning experience here at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. It always surprises me what I learn about myself watching other great musicians. - JP

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It’s official, Patton Sparks has been heard on the radio in Texas, Louisiana and now California. The EP title track Loaded & Loud was played between tracks by Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, no less!  

Listen to the aircheck on 98.1 KJUG by program director Pepper Daniels out in San Luis Obispo. He’s coming to SXSW so we’ll meet up with him here in Austin this week!

Thanks to Billy Oliver over at Today’s Texas Country for adding Patton Sparks to the site.  Glad to be included with all the great Texas musicians listed there.  Check out our profile and then check out some more of the bands!

Thanks to Von over at Americana Rock Mix for featuring tracks Loaded and Loud and Who Do You Think You Are on episode 131 of the weekly podcast!

Check it out and hear all the great tunes in the episode.

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Josh from Patton Sparks and Lloyd Maines at Rubicon - Mr. Maines cut a great pedal steel track for their new EP!