If you've never been to Austin, Texas you might be surprised to find out that the relatively small, mid-Texas town is bursting with a live music scene that is unrivaled in most US cities. Austin has brought us a diverse group of hi-profile musicians that include Christopher Cross, Charlie Sexton, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr., just to name a few. But perhaps the best part about the Austin music scene is the talented independent artists that have yet to be discovered on a National scale. One such artist is singer/songwriter/guitarist Patricia Lynn. With a soulful/pop vocal style and the knack for writing hook-laden songs, Patricia is a standout in the hotbed that is the Austin music scene. Epiphone's Don Mitchell recently spoke with Patricia about her influences, a new project, her Epiphone DOT and more.
I love your voice. You kind of remind me of a soulful Leah Nash meets Adele, meets Norah Jones. Who are your vocal influences?
Thank you! Oh gosh, there are so many vocal influences. I've found a voice of my own, but I'm constantly being influenced by more and different, old and new artists alike. It's tough for me to pick one genre for me to head down because I love so many different kinds of music and, not to puff myself up, but my voice can lend itself to several styles. I think it's because, while I probably had a natural ability for singing, I sort of taught myself growing up by mimicking other artists. When I was younger, I listened to a lot of oldies jams in the car with my dad, artists like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Temptations and Sonny & Cher, of whom my dad is a huge fan. In the mid to late 90s I listened to popular and strong female artists like Celine Dion and Shania Twain.
Really, Shania Twain? I wasn't expecting a country artist.
Yes. I mostly listened to country music in middle school. It wasn't until high school that I gotinto what the kids were calling "indie music." That's when my lyrical world was opened up with bands like Dashboard Confessional and Death Cab for Cutie.
You spent a lot of time in a band called The Soldier Thread. How did that band come about?
I met (keyboardist) Justin McHugh through a friend, Ryan Lipman, who was in the sound recording program at Texas State, where I went to school. Ryan produced The Soldier Thread's first EP. I originally went in to lay down some female vocals on one song for them, but we hit it off after they learned that I also played viola. They asked me to be in the band very early into the project, which was originally called The Tourist. It was Justin's idea to change the band name to The Soldier Thread.
And that was based on a song that you wrote?
Yes, a song I wrote before I met the guys. I wrote it when I was a freshman in college, and called it "Soldier Thread." At the time, it was just something I made up to represent something we all use to get over the tougher things in life. It was the imagery of a soldier marching on despite his hardships.
I understand the news is that you have left The Soldier Thread.
I just recently quit the band to pursue a project that is a little closer to home. The band was together for five years. I am now working on a project called 'The Wind and The Wave,' which consists of myself and Dwight Baker, a producer the Soldier Thread worked with quite a bit. This project we are working on together is going down much more of a solo road and I am very much at peace with that.
We just received some great pictures of you with an Epiphone DOT. Tell me about that.
My boyfriend gave me that guitar. I had been talking about how much I wanted an electric guitar and he gave it to me for Christmas last year. We had only been dating for a few months. After I posted a couple pictures of my new pride and joy on Facebook, Greg Giannukos, a photographer in Austin who had shot The Soldier Thread in the past, contacted me about photos with the DOT. I was more than happy to oblige him!
So after a year of playing it, what is it you like about the DOT?
I find the Dot is easy to play and I love that it looks huge on my tiny self. I'm a big fan of the f-holes also, as I've got f-holes tattooed on my wrist from when I used to play viola.
I'm excited about the new project. What are the immediate plans for The Wind and the Wave?
The only concrete plan for The Wind and The Wave at this point in time is to make music that the two of us love with all our hearts and share it with the world. I'm not yet sure when or in what capacity it will be shared.
I can't wait to hear the new music.
We've had the pleasure of having some really great musicians come into the studio to add some awesome texture to this collection of songs. Guitarist Clint Wells (Jesse Baylin) came in last week and played on five of the songs. And bassist Dave Monsey (Fiona Apple, Charlie Mars) was in the studio today. We just confirmed guitarist Billy Harvey (Rhett Miller, Trish Murphy), and keyboardist John Ginty (Charlie Mars, Sheryl Crow, Santana, Citizen Cope) to play on a few songs. John will be doing recording remotely from New Jersey, and Billy from LA. Gotta love technology! I am so happy, and feel very lucky to have them be a part of this project with us.
Thanks Patricia. How can people keep in the loop on what is going on with you?
My personal Facebook page is facebook.com/PatriciaLynnMusic and my Twitter is twitter.com/pattykinskins. Also, keep an eye on thewindandthewave.com, which will soon be streaming new music and follow us at facebook.com/thewindandthewave and twitter.com/thewindthewave.
(Photos courtesy of Greg Giannukos of El Ojo Photography)