Session 225: Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound // Coyote Brother

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July 10, 2019

Originally making waves as a founding member and lead guitarist for longtime Midwest music scene staple, The Smokin' Bandits, Pat Ferguson has emerged as a renowned and nationally recognized solo performer, songwriter, and vocalist. His sound channels Americana, bluegrass, and folk, deeply influenced by his Upper Mississippi River musical roots. 

Based in Madison, WI, Pat has released his first full-length solo effort, Light of Day / Dark of Night, out 4/27/18 on LoHi Records. Produced by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day / Dark of Night is a record that paints the picture of retrospect and builds an appreciation for what it means to ride the highest of highs or lowest of lows, while longing with admiration for the other. The album showcases a collection of original music that combines gorgeous instrumentation, stirring harmonies, and powerful songwriting rooted in his core influences. 

Featuring guest contributions from the likes of Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), Kyle Keegan (Ben Howard & Mandolin Orange), Kenny Leiser (Wheelhouse), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi), Sarah Vos (Dead Horses), and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day / Dark of Nightis a pure representation of the power of musical collaboration, chronicling a journey that will speak to music lovers of all genres and generations. 

Coming off of a successful 2018, which took him on runs through the SE, Colorado, and a host of headlining, support and festival appearances (including Revival Music Fest, Bon Fire, Moon Dance Music Festival, Big Wu Family Reunion, Larryfest, Great River Folk Fest, WanderFest and Boast & Bluegrass), 2019 will be ramping up with "Light of Day / Dark of Night" release shows planned across the Midwest and beyond.  

When off the road, Pat hosts two residencies in Madison. He is the house musician at HotelRED and performs every Wednesday evening, and also hosts a "Pat Ferguson & Friends" residency the last Tuesday of the month at the UpNorth Madison which features some of Madison's finest musicians. In fifteen years of touring, Pat has shared the stage and performed with Grammy Award winners, Country Music and Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame members, and countless other world-class musicians including Merle Haggard, Little Feat, Dr. John, Jason Isbell, Todd Snider, Great American Taxi, The Big Wu, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses, The People Brothers Band, Bill Miller, Trampled by Turtles, Chicago Farmer, and many more. 

LoHi Records is an independent record label out of Greensboro, NC that was formed by Todd Snider, producer Tim Carbone (also of Railroad Earth), marketing executive Jim Brooks, and Chad Staehly of Gold Mountain Entertainment in Nashville (also of Great American Taxi and Hard Working Americans).  

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J. Hardin and Hayward Williams have been crossing paths for a decade on their separate songwriting journeys. After collaborating on their recent solo releases, the two troubadours decided to hitch their wagons together and form Coyote Brother. The duo has been compared to Gillian Welch, Milk Carton Kids and Townes Van Zandt, focusing on rich storytelling and close harmonies with an intimate atmosphere. Coyote Brother’s songs are steeped in the spirit of traditional country music with rich imagery and poignant melodies that carry the listener through the drama of the modern world.

 

 

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