Pat Green Interview: Texas Troubadour Gives Fans More 'Songs We Wish We'd Written'
Pat Green is not a big advance planner. He will tell you this openly, and if you spend more than a few minutes with him, it is fairly obvious that not much rattles the tall, easygoing Texan. As he prepares to release his 12th career album, Songs We Wish We'd Written II, his second collection of cover tunes featuring guests like Jack Ingram and Collective Soul's Ed Roland, he muses on the long, somewhat gnarled path that's led him to this latest chapter in his career. Amazingly, after 18 years on the road and several different label homes, he still approaches making music in basically the same way. This time, however, was admittedly a little different.
"This is the very first time I've ever used my band the whole time on an album," Pat tells The Boot. "I've always used my band in pieces, somebody on this track, somebody on that track, but never as a whole. But I really wanted it to be our project. So that was different. But I'm a very casual, seat-of-my-pants person. I am not that anal-retentive or micro-organized or anything, I just let life happen. If I try my best, and if I'm focused when I'm doing my work, then it usually comes out great."
Fans of the Texas phenom would be hard-pressed to argue that point on this new collection, which features songs like the Lyle Lovett treasure "If I Had a Boat," the Collective Soul smash "The World I Know," and the Tom Petty classic "Even the Losers," all colored in different shades of Green. The CD is a sequel of sorts to the one released over a decade ago, but it's definitely not a carbon copy of that project, (although Cory Morrow joins his longtime buddy again on the