SOURCE: Singer/Songwriter Matthew Patrick

December 27, 2013 15:45 ET

Matthew Patrick Finds the Perfect Escape Being 'The Fool I've Got To Be,' Exploring His Love of Blues, Rock, Country and 'Redneck Reggae' on His New EP 'Yard Sale'

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 27, 2013) - Sharing the straight, unapologetic truth about who he is as a person and artist, Matthew Patrick ( speaks for struggling indie artists with a day job on "The Fool I've Got To Be," a quirky, country flavored tune on his new five-track EP Yard Sale.

Over a rumbling beat, lively piano and jangly guitars, the Maryland-based singer/songwriter sings: "I've got one straight job and I'm damn sure gonna keep it/Sometimes things don't seem so clear to me/In the morning I'll sure wish that I was sleeping/But tonight I'll be the fool I've got to be."

That grand "foolishness" is starting to pay off for Patrick, who launched his career in college as a roots rocker in the band 32-20, which released two popular indie albums and opened for numerous blues and classic rock acts.

While still playing regularly with his electric blues outfit Muskrat Sally before eclectic audiences at JoJo's Tap House in his adopted hometown of Frederick, the anesthesiologist by day, singer and slide guitarist by night has been making major inroads as a solo artist. His 2013 full-length debut album Blue Sun, whose vibe Patrick playfully described as "redneck reggae," received numerous rave reviews -- and various tracks from the collection played on over 50 college radio and NPR stations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Patrick's "Memphis meets Kingston" flavored debut was produced by Jack O'Hara, lead singer of the '70s country rock band Eggs Over Easy. While the opening track "Fly" is in that same vein, the singer shares a wider variety of his influences and musical passions on Yard Sale, which he produced with Ben Fraker, an old bandmate from 32-20; the five tracks were mixed by Joe Digiorgi of Headline Studios in NYC.

Patrick is releasing Yard Sale in January and will be releasing a follow-up EP, its "sequel," in May. Yard Sale will be promoted to Triple AAA radio by Peter Hay of Twin Vision.

Like Blue Sun, Yard Sale is the product of a fascinating and unexpected collaboration with a dreadlocked multi-instrumentalist (drums, keyboards, guitar) named Andrew Diamond, who now lives, performs and makes music in his studio in Zambia, Africa.

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