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Leaving, TX
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Location: Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A
Description: This original alternate country outfit delivers a clever blend of twang-rock with a healthy dose of classic country. LEAVING, TX is driven by songwriter Chris Patterson's rugged, in your face vocal style, ripping telecasters, and sweet pedal steel.
Biography: CHRIS PATTERSON vocals, acoustic and electric guitars. The bands songwriter is a native of Iowa although he has called sixteen cities home over the past twenty years. Patterson received his first guitar at the age of 8 but claims he didn't learn to play it until he was 30. He carries with him very strong Irish roots and spends a couple weeks each year in Ireland seeking out music and his ancestry. His songwriting is strongly influenced by Tim Easton, Jon Dee Graham, The Waterboys, and Hank Williams. GARRY CECIL - bass and backing vocals. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Cecil was raised in the wee village of Corstorphine. He was raised on British music but when he arrived in America he soon became schooled by Hendrix, Zappa, and Capt. Beefheart. This eventually led Cecil to the country rock movement and later to bluegrass. It was a trip back to Scotland that had him dive head first into the punk/new wave scene. He has played in numerous bands over the years, Non- Dairy Creamers, Gunpoint Affection, and The Swinging Richards, and most recently the highly regarded Primitive Mind, opening for such greats as BB King, Lunasa, Junior Brown, and Doc Watson. THOR SMITH - drums. Smith is a native of Halden, Norway. He started drum lessons in the first grade and played his first professional gig at twelve years old. After a few years in a Hawaiian show band, Smith moved to New York in the early eighties with an original new wave outfit called Ice Nine. He then spent almost six years with the DC group The Smash Band. Semi-retired from music he was coaxed back into the scene after meeting Chris Patterson and getting hooked on his draft beer at rehearsals and original tunes. ANDREW BUHLER - electric and pedal steel guitars. Buhler is a proud native of Miami, Florida. He started fooling around with the guitar after his father bought him an LP of Hendrix's Smash Hits at age 10. From Miami to Japan to Cuba, he's been tormenting his family and friends with the instrument ever since.
Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For Additional Information Contact: Chris Patterson 240.447.9620 LEAVING, TX DEBUTS AT #8 ON EURO AMERICANA CHART February 5th, 2006 (Washington, DC) The album "100 Miles to Sunday" (Lucky Range Records) debuted this week on the Euro Americana Chart in the 8th position strengthening the bands growing popularity overseas. The Euro Americana Chart ( is compiled monthly by DJ's, Journalists, Promoters, and Retailers all across Europe who are focused on Americana music. Each month these individuals submit their top six CDs based on airtime, requests, reviews, sales, and quality of the music and from these lists, the top 25 CDs are ranked and placed on the Chart. "100 Miles to Sunday" is the debut release from LEAVING, TX, the Washington, DC Based twang experts. With it, the band has seen great success all across Europe. To date, eight of the twelve tracks on the CD have seen airplay on multiple stations in five different countries. The European music press has also been very favorable about the CD. Here is a brief sample... "This is a band which deserves to be heard more often." - "Dreamy ballads alternated with edgy rockers, Telecasters mixed with sublime pedal steel, the gravel voice of Patterson... Excellent Album." - Rootstime "It's Hard not to like the record... Throughout fiddles, guitars, pedal steel, and Patterson's voice add up to an excellent (disc)." - Americana UK "... a journey where true country gets reconciled with rock and punk. Whiskey, bad women, and bars where you learn about life and know truth... This is the world in which the songs of Leaving, TX take you and obviously a place where the band feels very much at home. Listen up DJ's and do your thing!" - MazzMusika. Formed in late 2004 by songwriter Chris Patterson, LEAVING, TX has rapidly come to life in the Washington, DC music scene. The band has somewhat of an international flair as Patterson is joined by bassist Garry Cecil (Edinburgh, Scotland), drummer Thor Smith (Halden, Norway), and guitarist Andrew Buhler (Miami, FL). With "100 Miles to Sunday" this original outfit delivers a clever blend of twang-rock with a healthy dose of classic country. The album is driven by Patterson's rugged, in your face vocal style, ripping telecasters, and sweet pedal steel. Anchored by a tight, driving rhythm section, this powerful group of musicians allow Patterson's songs to shine. The sound for "100 Miles to Sunday" was magically captured by veteran producer/engineer Paul Grupp (Boston, Byrds, Charlie Daniels, etc.) during a 9-day marathon session in Vienna, VA at Shuman Recording Studios. Grupp's influence is quite evident on both the dreamy country ballads and the edgy rockers. The CD seems destined to be another in a long line of Grupp successes. Additional information and sound files can be found on any of the bands websites.




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