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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: J.B. and the Moonshine Band visiting Pittsburg

  • J.B. Patterson didn’t exactly have a well-laid-out plan when he decided to give the music business a try.



    “When we started a little over three years ago, I had no idea how to go about doing any of this,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Texas. “I’d just wrote some songs and wanted to see if anybody liked them.”

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  • J.B. Patterson didn’t exactly have a well-laid-out plan when he decided to give the music business a try.
    “When we started a little over three years ago, I had no idea how to go about doing any of this,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Texas. “I’d just wrote some songs and wanted to see if anybody liked them.”
    Local country music lovers will have an opportunity to form an opinion when JB and the Moonshine Band play at 8 p.m. Friday at Crazytown in Pittsburg.
    However, somebody must like Patterson’s songs, because last March, when he and his Moonshine Band released their second album, “Beer for Breakfast,” it debuted at No. 7 on Billboard Heatseekers chart, No. 31 on the Billboard Country Charts and No. 4 on  iTunes Country Albums. The title track reached No. 1 on  the Texas charts, and the second release  from the album has made it to the top 10.
    Music video for the current single, “No Better Than This,” features CMT “Sweet Home Alabama celebrity couple Paige Duke and Jeremiah James Korfe. The video reached No. 4 on CMT Pure’s 12-Pack Countdown.
    Patterson said he’s been writing songs since he was about 16, which was around 15 years ago. He finally pursue his dream when he learned that son Parker was on the way. How could he honestly encourage the boy to follow his own dreams if his father didn’t have the courage to do it?
    “My songs are a smorgasbord, from funny to serious, loving, break-up and get-back-together songs, drinking songs,” Patterson said. “The main thing is to stay authentic and true to who I am.”
    So just who is J.B. Patterson?
    “I’m a husband, father, singer/songwriter, a rambling man,” he said. “I like the road and also like home.”
    He said the band plays around 150 to 200 shows a year.
    “It works,” Patterson said. “When I get sick of the road I go home, and when I get sick of home I go on the road.”
    He said the group plays in a lot of clubs and at fairs and festivals.
    “Several months ago we did a 17-state tour and did 17 states in three months,” Patterson said. “We got as far as New York City and our bus broke down on Broadway, the busiest street in America. If you do that, you can break down anywhere and not worry about it.”
    On the up side, he and the band saw a lot of beautiful country along the way.
    “That’s my favorite part on the bus,” he said. “We carry our fishing poles with us wherever we go, and put a line in the water when we can.”
    Page 2 of 2 - It  helps a lot that his band members are also friends. They got together when  Patterson decided he needed a band and set up an audition in Tyler, Texas. He thought multitudes would show up and want to be in his band, but instead he got just three people.
    “But they were the three right guys,” he said.
    Gabe Guevara is on drums, with Hayden McMullen on lead guitar and Chris Flores on bass guitar.
    “Now we’ve added a fiddle player named Scott “Skittle” Johnson,” Patterson said. “Scott on the fiddle turned into Skittle, the way he tells it.”
    He  and the band will have a new single coming out soon.
    “My  band plays on all our recordings,” he said. “In Nashville the way is to get hired musicians to come in the studio. I believe there’s something more that gets recorded in these musical tapes than just notes. Maybe it’s a feeling or something, so I have my band members record in our records, not guys I don’t know.”
    They have just announced plans for their upcoming Taste of Country Christmas Tour 2012 with Casey James. Starting Nov. 15, the tour will run throughout the holidays with 11 stops in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
    The group also has a web site, jbandthemoonshineband.com.
    “I’d like to encourage people to visit the web site because we do a lot of cool stuff,” Patterson said. “Every Monday we give stuff away.”
    He said he’s looking forward to visiting Pittsburg.
    “It’s just a nice little drive up from Texas, only about 12 or 16 hours,” he said.
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