February 12, 2012: In our New England Spotlight, an interview with Andrew Patterson of Citizen Bare. David Bridges joins us again with Yin Yang, and a commentary on creativity and the ‘net.
freeradiovermont.org – great streaming music from VT musicians.
citizenbare.com – download their music, buy band gear and learn more about the artists.
Andrew James (Patterson): Vocals/Guitar
I started performing in musical theater when I was 11 years old, played in some talent shows in high school and finally learned how to play guitar when I was 19. I was lucky enough to meet my future wife (Elizabeth) in high school chorus and her and I have been performing together ever since. I grew up in a family that put a lot of emphasis on helping others in your community through running the local food shelf among other things. In 2005 Elizabeth and I spent a year doing peace and reconciliation work in areas of conflict such as: Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kigali, Rwanda and Gitega and Bujumbura, Burundi. Our time overseas has inspired much of my songwriting as social justice has been in the forefront of my personal experience.
John Gratton: Lead Guitar/Vocals
I grew up in a musical family. My father was in bands as long as I can remember and summers were spent singing around the campfire. I picked up the guitar when I was 6 and learned my first song (Bad Moon Rising) by the time I was 9. I started playing in bands in High School and by the time I was 16 I had played in most of the bars in Burlington. In 1998 I went to Japan and helped out people surrounding the olympics and played music. Currently I am on the board at the Haston Library in Franklin, VT.
Jesse Cowan: Bass/Vocals
I grew up as the younger brother to a fifteen year old shredder guitarist, naturally he would groom a bass player. I started with upright bass in the fifth grade and moved on to the electric by the seventh. Enjoyed orchestra, jazz band and rock operas through high school. Donated time to build shade structure timber frame for Underhill Central School and donate Luthier work from VT Fret Works to silent auction and other charitable events.
Elizabeth Patterson: Keys/Vocals
I started playing the piano at a young age and loved to sing and dance. In school I performed in musical theater, sang in chorus (and met Andrew), played keys in jazz band, played french horn in band, sang in the regional music festivals and joined the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Choir when I was 15 years old. Andrew and I have played music together in various different venues over the years. I joined AmeriCorps*VISTA after high school to do literacy work. Andrew and have done reconciliation and humanitarian work in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Northern Ireland and East Africa. Music has been an important part of our experience in every place we have lived.