Pat Green is spending the summer spreading the word about his sequel.
The Texas troubadour hasn't gone Hollywood, but he does dabble in pop and rock, along with country on “Songs We Wish We'd Written II.” The new album is the follow-up to his well-received 2001 covers collection “Songs We Wish We'd Written,” which paid homage to the music of Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver and Steve Winwood, among others.
“I figure if every 10 years I put out an album of everybody else's stuff, that can be fun,” Green said in a phone interview last fall. “Man, we got in there with all the usual suspects: Jack Ingram and Cory Morrow and Walt Wilkins and a bunch of my friends and just had a good time.”
Green will play a CD release show at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wormy Dog Saloon. Admission is $15, which includes a copy of the new album, and the Texas country star will be signing CDs after the show.
Released Tuesday, the album marks the former RCA/BNA recording artist's first on Sugar Hill Records, a sister label to Vanguard, one of the longest-running indies in America.
“It's just a more independent record label that kind of lets the artists do what they want to do,” Green said.
“This idea and this particular covers album, it was a just-for-the-hell-of-it kind of thing and it turned out to be a lot of fun the first go-around. And we had some really good success with it, so we're gonna do it again. If it works the first time, don't break it.”
While he partnered with Morrow for the first “Songs We Wish We'd Written,” Green took on the sequel as a solo project. But he got several guest stars to perform on the follow-up and reunited with Morrow for one track, a rendition of Lyle Lovett's “If I Had a Boat.”
Not surprisingly, Green's new collection pays tribute to many of his fellow Lone Star State songsmiths: He opens the album with Joe Ely's “All Just to Get to You,” gets toes tapping with Jon Randall's “Austin” and makes earnest romance with Liz Rose's and Wilkins' “If It Weren't for You.”
After all, Green is considered one of the subgenre's top artists. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter received the Decade Award from the Texas Music Chart as the most played artist on Texas country radio from 2000-2010, and many young stars on the scene cite him as an influence.