Pat Buchanan has worked with some of Nashville’s top artists as one of the top session players in Nashville. In this episode of Thinkin’ & Drinkin’, Pat talks all about his career as a guitarist and touring musician. He shares how he got his start in the music business, life on the road touring, and gives an inside look into studio sessions as a studio musician working with songwriters. Pat also shares about Home Overdubs, where he can play on your next project from his home studio.
Meet Pat Buchanan:
Nashville, Tennessee-based session guitarist, Pat Buchanan, has worked with a wide range of recording artists, including Cameo, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, and many more artists. Pat won ACM Guitarist of the Year in 2005 and has been nominated for several awards over the years.
Growing up in Florida in a musical household (his father played bass in jazz bands while his mother is a singer), Buchanan was playing guitar from an early age. Graduating from the band circuit, he started his recording career recording on jingles for radio and television in Atlanta, Ga in the mid-'80s. He went on to record on the groundbreaking album, "Word Up!" with the hit funk band Cameo. He joined their US and UK tour before going on to record and tour with both Hall and Oates and Cyndi Lauper in the late '80s and early '90s.
In 1994 Buchanan moved his family to Nashville and became part of the Nashville session scene. He has since recorded with many artists and bands. Pat has also recorded on many songs on soundtracks for movies and television including the ABC/CMT television series "Nashville."
What Bart has to say: It was always a thrill when Pat was one of the musicians on my demo sessions. If I could make him smile with one of my guitar riffs, I knew he was going to do something great with it!
In this episode, you’ll hear:
Bart & Pat discuss Pat’s career as both a studio musician and a touring musician
Pat talks about how both the Beach Boys and the Beatles influenced his songwriting
Check out Pat’s new album “Sandbox” available on iTunes & CD Baby.
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