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 earn
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.
“I sometimes worry and think they should set their sights higher than me,” he said wryly. “But I'm sure thankful that I've had the opportunity in life to be at least in the front portion of the line as it comes to a brand of music. I think that I happened to be kind of getting onto the scene just about the same time that the scene was really starting to pop.”
“There's nothing bad about this job except for missing home every now and then,” said the married father of two.
Green's own musical influences range far outside the borders of Texas and country. The 40-year-old was raised in a blended family of nine children, so he grew up listening to a bit of everything, from '80s pop and country to Motown and classical. That eclecticism is reflected on his latest album.
His smooth Texas twang mingles with layers of piano and strings to deliver a countrified version of a Tom Petty tune, and Ingram helps him convert Todd Snider's raucous rocker “I Am Too” into a rowdy boot-stomper. Green and Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland strip down the
Despite his enthusiasm for covering songs he wishes he'd written, Green hopes to get into the studio this year to make an album that focuses on songs he actually wrote.
“The writing process is never-ending,” he said. “There's probably 20 songs right now that I feel comfortable are good enough to go on any record. You just gotta whittle 'em down, and ... it's kind of like putting together an outfit to wear. You don't wanna wear plaid and stripes.”
Pat Green album release show
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan.
Admission: $15, which includes a copy of his new album “Songs We Wish We'd Written II.”