Pat Flynn is a well known name, in one way or another, to music fans all over the world. You may recognize him as a member of a groundbreaking musical group, or a first-call Nashville recording session player, or a producer, songwriter, and artist. One thing is for sure: in the last couple of years, Pat has found a way to combine all of these talents and showcase them for you on his latest CD releases.
As guitarist/singer/songwriter for New Grass Revival, Flynn, along with Sam Bush, John Cowan, and Béla Fleck, influenced many of today's best-known artists while building New Grass Revival's own loyal audience to near cult status. Attesting to the group's continuing popularity and influence, Capitol-EMI Records has released a very special two-CD New Grass Revival 20 year retrospective, entitled 'Grass Roots'. This historic collection features previously unreleased live, TV and studio tracks.
During his tenure with NGR, Frets magazine's National Readers Poll voted Pat as "Best Acoustic Guitarist" for five consecutive years. For winning five years in a row, Flynn was inducted into the Frets "Gallery of Greats" alongside Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Tony Rice.
Flynn has also been a session guitarist on more than 350 CD projects, including 26 Gold and Platinum records, as well as CMA and Grammy award winning projects with a wide array of top artists. Flynn wrote and performed on Garth Brooks's hit single "Do What You Gotta Do," which has recently been reissued in the new Garth Brooks box set.
Pat is a featured artist on the Nashville Acoustic Sessions CD project, with Raul Malo, Rob Ickes, and Dave Pomeroy on CMH Records. The record ended up on many critics' "best of the year" lists and achieved Top-10 status on the Americana radio chart. Pat is also a featured player on The Greencards much acclaimed CDs, Movin' On and Weather and Water, released on DualTone Records. The Greencards invited Pat to perform with them as they opened the Bob Dylan / Willie Nelson tour this past summer.
In the past couple of years, Pat has added the role of producer to his resume with up and coming acts such as Cadillac Sky, Tim May, Alan Thornhill, Joe Nolan, Tyler Flowers, and Candace Corrigan.
Pat's first CD, 'reQuest', was released to enthusiastic reviews and attention world wide. Appearing with Pat on this project are Béla Fleck, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Jim Hoke, Buddy Greene and others.
Pat's second CD project, reVision, was released in January 2008. Both CDs are distributed nationally by Sony/Thirty Tigers, and are available NOW from patflynnmusic.com and established music outlets everywhere.
In addition to Flynn's cover stories in Flatpicking Guitar and Bluegrass Now magazines, he was also chosen as Tom T Hall's musical director and guitarist for Hall's recent "Artist In Residence" month at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, a retrospective of Tom T Hall's incredible musical career.
Recent festival seasons have found Pat performing again at many of the country's most prestigious festival stages: MerleFest Americana Music Celebration, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Grass, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield), Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, as well as a slot at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass event. Flynn's signature line-up of "Pat Flynn & Friends" featured some of his best friends and musicians he most admires: John Cowan, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Greene, Michael Card, Charlie McCoy and Danny Wheetman, and many others.