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Kenneth Pattengale works outside-or at least on the fringes-of what the music industry might traditionally call its own. Overthe last eight years, Pattengale has taken inspiration from the career paths of artists like Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and personal hero Joe Henry byexploring what it means to wear the differing hats of film composer, recordproducer and performing songwriter.
The music calledinto question is hard to classify.It runs the gamut from swamp musicto rhythm & blues, lullaby to country & western, folk song to pianoballad and beyond. The songs take direction from the stories they tell, notnecessarily held together by a clear musical style but by the authenticitywith which the stories are told.Along with the artists thatPattengale looks towards for career inspiration, he hopes to follow TomWaits, Gillian Welch, Chris Smither and Loudon Wainwright in their abilityto conjure a unique American voice by transforming emotional experience intonarrative.
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 materialentitled Storied Places, the first to see a departure fromPattengale’s own label Four Six Productions.The record is tobe released on January 27, 2009 by Milan Records (Ryko/WEAdistributed).
Pattengale spent 12 weeks at the beginning of2007 writing and recording what would become the score for the Germananimated film Die Drei Rauber, which was produced by Tom Tykwer’sproduction company X-Filme.Shortly after, he started to perform hisown material for live audiences in Los Angeles. “I hadn’t played live foralmost four years.I was always scared of not having enough controlover the performance environment, or lacking the textures only available inthe studio.In many ways, working on the film-being collaborative innature-forced a re-evaluation.It made me yearn to make a connectionwith people beyond what the recordings alone have to offer.”Hecontinues 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 labelInterscope to rootsy Americana newcomers Matt Taylor and his Laurels forPattengale’s own indie imprint.It’s the balance between the threearenas Pattengale works within that drives his career.He explains,”Upon seeking advice from a hero of mine, I was urged to simply do the workthat lay in front of me.I’ve found a tremendous personal and emotional success in following that advice-putting myself in situations thatreward a hard work ethic and a healthy imagination but, above all, acommitment to honesty in your work.”
Pattengale is, as he putsit, a “ripe but withered twenty-six years old,” holds a bachelor’s degree inhistory from the University of Southern California and “fights [himself] forelbow room among stacks of books, scraps, instruments & computers” inLos Angeles, California.
Tracklisting: Kenneth Pattengale – Storied Places
3. Dig ThisHole
4. On the Mend
5. Girls, Gather ‘Round
6. Memoirs of an OwnedDog
7. Sad, Sad, Story
8. July 24
11.Close Your Eyes
12. Last One to Know