Artist: Pat Simmons Jr.
CD: This Mountain
While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With Maui based Pat Simons Jr. and latest musical offering “This Mountain” it’s clear to me he has surpassed what many consider to be the a-typical musical release.
First a bit about Simons Jr. He is the son of legendary Doobie Brothers guitarist. Pat Simmons. Simmons Jr sings, plays guitar and Ukulele. Also present are messages that are uplifting and a vibe that is unmistakably from the Islands. I was extremely impressed with the opening 3 tracks “Up and Out by Five”, “Rust” and “Mauna Mele” They made quite the first impression and each one possessed my full unadulterated attention. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect when I put this CD on. What I discovered was actually quite amazing. The whole CD is wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call a rock steady spirit with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. As you would expect one will hear a slight Reggae vibe courtesy of The Hawaiian Island lifestyle. But also present are tidbits of blues, jazz, rock, folk, Americana and classic singer /songwriter. What I really like about Simmons Jr is he’s just being himself and letting the chips fall where they may, and they fall in his favor. There’s not cheery attempt here at releasing a record that sounds like the Doobie Brothers or anything like that. What you see is what you get, and what you get is Pat Simmons Jr proving he is his own man behind the microphone. His vocal delivery is perfect for this style of music as well. Along the musical journey I thoroughly enjoyed the guitar work from Willie K. and the vocals from Hawai’ian artist Keali’i Reichel on Track 3. The brilliance of this album is its sheer simplicity and conservative execution – or perhaps Simmons Jr. himself. Weather it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured Pat Simmons Jr. is taking you back in the right direction – period.
Bottom Line: To sum it up: Pat Simons Jr. will affirm your faith in good music again. Read the below article and you will further understand just who he is and what he stands for. Pat Simmons Jr is his own man. This album symbolized musical and artistic integrity. Pat Simons Jr. is one artist that will inspire you, and trust me when I say he knows how to walk on a Tour Bus. Pat Simmons’ latest CD “This Mountain” delivers everything the title implies and more. Pat Simmons Jr. is armed with a solid writing style, a brilliant creative mindset, and powerful messages many will enjoy.