When one thinks of Atlantic City, tumbling dice and card tables may come to mind. My most recent guest, however, is definitely not a gamble! PATTY BLEE is what one would call
a "good bet!"
This singer/songwriter, who labels herself as an Americana/acoustic artist, has a long list of accomplishments, with many more yet to come. In the past, she has opened for the likes of Jackson Browne,
Martina McBride, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, and Kansas, to name a few.
This Thursday, Nov. 19, she'll be opening for Greg Allman at the Bergen PAC and, on Nov. 29, she's leading the way for John Eddie at Coffee Works in Voorhees, NJ.
Blee grew up in South Jersey as one of nine children. Inspired by her father who used to play his guitar at parties and family gatherings, she started playing because there was "always an instrument
lying around the house."
It seems that her dad's favorite place to shop was "Irv's Music" in Atlantic City. Blee said that he would love to browse around and purchase small instruments. "There was always something lying around.
Tambourines, shakers, small guitars, and the such."
Coming from a large family, when her dad would pick up his guitar; she and her siblings would all join in. It was from these humble beginnings that she developed her love of playing and performing.
Blee began writing her own material as she grew older. Over the years, she had amassed a large catalog of original material as well as some great musical "insider" contacts.
In 2003 she released her first CD, "Disguise." On this initial offering, she was fortunate to have Bob Dylan Band members Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier and Richard Crooks, as well current E-Street Band
member Soozie Tyrell, as her studio players.
Her second CD, "Acoustic Vibe," is Blee in her purest form. On this disc, she revisits several songs from "Disguise" as well as some new, never-before-heard material in a total acoustic set.
Blee's third and most recent release, "From The Inside," is an incredible thirteen-song collection that showcases her "gutsy" vocals and great acoustic guitar work. Once again, she was blessed with a
phenomenal backing cast. Four of the tracks on this disc were recorded in Burbank, CA, and the other two at home here in New Jersey.
Her guitarist on the Jersey tracks was her long-time friend Ernie Trionfo, who's been described as "the best guitar player in South Jersey". Ernie accompanied her to the studio and played live along
with Blee while we were on the air. It was very easy to see why he's achieved this moniker.
I asked Blee off-air how she came to be part of such a talent-rich community. Her response was simple: "I just got lucky." On-air, she told us how she accepted every opportunity that was thrown her way
and always keeps a positive vibe. One of those opportunities was doing several gigs with Soozie Tyrell, one of which was an appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
A second was a CD release party where she "HAD" to share a microphone with Bruce Springsteen.
In the future, I see nothing but the best for this vibrant songwriter. Blee's songs are honest, straightforward, and done with emotion. Good things happen to good people and Patty Blee is one of the
best in the business!
One may contact Patty Blee at www.pattyblee.com or through her Myspace page at www.myspace.com/pattyblee
. Her CDs are all available at the usual online outlets.
This Sunday, Nov. 22, I'm joined by satirical "Americomica" rockers THE BOOMERS. These guys, who claim that they're "too young for Medicare and too old for chicks to care," should be an interesting interview.
To see all of the upcoming guests on ROCK ON RADIO, check out the show schedule at www.myspace.com/rockonradio1460.
Turn on... Tune in... and, as always... ROCK ON!