Kenneth Pattengale @ Hotel Café TONIGHT W/ A Full Band, Storied Places Out On 1.29.09 On Milan Records

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“California son Kenneth Pattengale’s  sense of frontier musicianship is at once evocative of Tom Waits and the  tumbleweed troubadours of the American West. That’s not to say his songs are  simple: they fuse elements of folk, blues, and jazz for a sound that’s  straight, old-school Americana.”

TONIGHT, Nov 21st at HOTEL CAFÉ at 10pm
Performing songs from his forthcoming album Storied Places with the Found Objects Orchestra including Miss Megan Goldstein on gypsy reeds, Mister Christian Castillo on contrabass and Mister Robert Nava on junkyard percussion.

LISTEN TO “Charlie” Here

LISTEN TO “Memoirs Of An Owned Dog”

Kenneth Pattengale works outside-or at least on the  fringes-of what the music industry might traditionally call its own. Over  the last eight years, Pattengale has taken inspiration from the career paths  of artists like Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and personal hero Joe Henry by  exploring what it means to wear the differing hats of film composer, record  producer and performing songwriter.The music called  into question is hard to classify.  It runs the gamut from swamp music  to rhythm & blues, lullaby to country & western, folk song to piano  ballad and beyond. The songs take direction from the stories they tell, not  necessarily held together by a clear musical style but by the authenticity  with which the stories are told.  Along with the artists that  Pattengale looks towards for career inspiration, he hopes to follow Tom  Waits, Gillian Welch, Chris Smither and Loudon Wainwright in their ability  to conjure a unique American voice by transforming emotional experience into  narrative.

Beginning with Downtown LA in 2001,  Pattengale has independently released five full-length albums of original  material.  He has just finished recording a new collection of material  entitled Storied Places, the first to see a departure from  Pattengale’s own label Four Six Productions.  The record is to  be released on January 27, 2009 by Milan Records (Ryko/WEA  distributed).

Pattengale spent 12 weeks at the beginning of  2007 writing and recording what would become the score for the German  animated film Die Drei Rauber, which was produced by Tom Tykwer’s  production company X-Filme.  Shortly after, he started to perform his  own material for live audiences in Los Angeles. “I hadn’t played live for  almost four years.  I was always scared of not having enough control  over the performance environment, or lacking the textures only available in  the studio.  In many ways, working on the film-being collaborative in  nature-forced a re-evaluation.  It made me yearn to make a connection  with people beyond what the recordings alone have to offer.”  He  continues to perform live sets of original material often in his native Los  Angeles.

In addition to countless short films, two features and  five albums, Pattengale has produced records for a varied group of artists,  from hardcore sensation From First to Last for major label  Interscope to rootsy Americana newcomers Matt Taylor and his Laurels for  Pattengale’s own indie imprint.  It’s the balance between the three  arenas Pattengale works within that drives his career.  He explains,  “Upon seeking advice from a hero of mine, I was urged to simply do the work  that lay in front of me.  I’ve found a tremendous personal and  emotional success in following that advice-putting myself in situations that  reward a hard work ethic and a healthy imagination but, above all, a  commitment to honesty in your work.”

Pattengale is, as he puts  it, a “ripe but withered twenty-six years old,” holds a bachelor’s degree in  history from the University of Southern California and “fights [himself] for  elbow room among stacks of books, scraps, instruments & computers” in  Los Angeles, California.

Tracklisting: Kenneth Pattengale –  Storied Places

1. Charlie
2. Freckles
3. Dig This  Hole
4. On the Mend
5. Girls, Gather ‘Round
6. Memoirs of an Owned  Dog
7. Sad, Sad, Story
8. July 24
9. Desert
10. Momma
11.  Close Your Eyes
12. Last One to Know
13.  Effie

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