The Patrick Godbey Band
The Patrick Godbey Band Born and raised in Houston, Patrick Godbey is a Texas singer-songwriter no matter where he hangs his hat (New Orleans at the moment). Godbey is probably still best known as the guitarist for the legendary Texas hardcore band Dresden 45 (1985-1994). That should change as his solo project gains momentum. After a long period of musical inactivity (during which he earned an MFA in Creative Writing) Godbey moved to Austin in 1999 and started writing more songs. The songs that emerged were very different from anything he had written for Dresden 45 and reflected an entirely different set of distinctly American influences: Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and Willie Nelson to name a few. He formed the Patrick Godbey Band in 2004 and -- after not performing for more than a decade -- started gigging around the "Live Music Capital of the World." The Patrick Godbey Band released an eponymous CD in 2006: a collection of 12 carefully wrought original songs performed, not by studio pros, but by an honest-to-god rock 'n' roll band (including drummer Jeff Chavez from Dresden 45). The CD features Godbey's songwriting skills and rock guitar chops more or less equally, and reminds one of the highly literate debut records of singer-songwriters like Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, and James McMurtry. Godbey relocated to New Orleans in 2007 and formed the second incarnation of PGB. When pressed, Godbey will describe his sound as "a little Jerry Garcia, a little Jerry Jeff Walker" or "Dylan at his most electric."