Last year, country singer-songwriter Pat Green went on the road for a few shows with the Dave Matthews Band and later worked as the opening act for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. The 35-year-old Texan appreciated the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work on each of these tours.
“I’m thankful that what I am doing is right enough to have the top touring acts in rock and country music ask us to open for them,” Green says.
What’s the secret to such opportunities? According to Green, it’s pretty simple.
“You can either stand there, play your music and hope someone is paying attention, or you can play your music and make sure someone is paying attention!” he says.
And Green has worked hard to get noticed. Before he signed his first deal with a major label (Universal/Republic) in 2001, he sold more than 250,000 copies of self-generated albums. His talents as a performer were recognized not only by a growing number of fans but also by other musicians, including the legendary Willie Nelson.
Green’s latest CD, Cannonball — a terrific collection of country rockers and ballads — features eight songs that he co-wrote with several musicians, including his drummer Justin Pollard.
When it comes to songwriting, Green recalls advice given to him by another singer-songwriter who grew up in the Lone Star State: “Ray Wiley Hubbard [who wrote Jerry Jeff Walker’s classic ‘Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother’] told me, ‘You go out and write a good song, just be sure you want to sing the sonuvabitch for the next 25 years!’”