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Pat Green holds his head high

Paradise, Boston, Oct. 2, 2003

By Jeffrey B. Remz

BOSTON - In Texas, Pat Green is about as huge a music star as they get. Well, maybe not quite in Willie's league as an icon, but Green has been one of those Texas guys who make a living with his music even though pretty much no one outside of the state has ever heard of him.

Until now that is.

Green is riding the success of his new album and single. "Wave on Wave," both of which are doing very well on the country charts.

Now while Green may be doing just fine in Texas - he released 4 albums there and sold more than 100,000 units, before signing with Republic/Universal - he also is expanding his horizons quite a lot currently on a nationwide tour. Apparently there are a whole lot of Texans in the Boston area because they turned out in force to comprise a sold-out show in his first visit to Beantown.

And they were clearly turned on as well, sometimes with good reason.

Green has been considered part of the country crowd - that's partially true. He tended to rock more from the outset, taking awhile to get into slower numbers and/or more country-flavored musical stylings. On "Wave on Wave," the country sound comes through far more clearly than it did in concert.

For awhile, the pedal steel of Mike Daly and fiddle of Brendon Anthony were well under the overall sound punctuated far more by guitar.

But eventually, Green opted for far more of a country sound where the aforementioned instruments kicked in with much more prominence.

Green, who writes almost all of his material, shifts pretty easily between the more rocking sound and the more country flavored one.

Green has been associated as a frat rocker, and to some extent that could be true. The tunes are generally readily accessible. They tend to last awhile in their groove, but ultimately they don't seem to cut all that deep.

Vocally, Green clearly went to Robert Earl Keen U. Green is a bit less nasal than the Texas superstar, but they sure do mine the same territory.

One had the sense that Green was there entertain - and that he did quite clearly - instead of make any sort of musical statements. Yet, there seems to be a number of religious references in the songs, including "Wave on Wave" where Green signs "We're all looking for redemption."

And it sure was clear from the reception he received from the faithful that the fans were quite receptive to his message as well - there's also a fair amount of references to drinking and his beloved Texas such as the encore song "Southbound 35" - greeting him with a thunderous ovation and often singing along.

Who knows if Green can expand upon his base in this fickle musical world. But rest assured even if Green is not the next wave of country, he is likely to go back to his Texas Greenheads fans with head held high.

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