“Drop the needle down and dig that crackle and pop. Er, how old is this guy, anyway? Young Kenneth Pattengale’s ace new disc, Storied Places (Milan), like a lot of youthful musicians’ material of late, spans a range of classic American styles, from rhythm & blues and C&W to nice folkie interludes to heartfelt pumping piano balladry. Pattengale’s songs are done with a subtle but significant wink of the eye, as if to tacitly acknowledge the passage of time from these tunes’ origins, and the resulting challenge in dealing with them in anything but ironic terms. Pattengale tosses the songs into a big grab bag of musical history, and delivers each with a wise eye, yet — crucially — a sincere, simple affection. And please enjoy augmenting Tin Pan Alley cats the Found Object Orchestra, on hand to enhance your trip down false-memory lane.”
May 8th – Room 5 ( Los Angeles ) – Solo Set
May 31st – Rockit Room (San Francisco) – Solo Set
Storied Places out now Milan Records
“Local indie fixture Kenneth Pattengale holds court tonight at El Cid, unveiling his newest record, Storied Places. The album is speckled with influences ranging from folk to R&B and lonesome country; woven together, Storied Places offers a set of narratives buoyed by Pattengale’s rare lyrical grace. He’s joined by the Found Object Orchestra, a vivacious cast of characters on pedal-steel guitar, banjo, accordion, and other musical tools.”
“…we insist that you spend the evening with local singer-songwriter Kenneth Pattengale and the Found Object Orchestra at El Cid. Mr. Pattengale recently released his six full-length effort and his first for Milan Records, Storied Places, exhibiting a jolt of folksy wisdom well beyond his years.”
Pasadena Weekly (3 stars out of 5):
“Songwriter/film composer Pattengale is often evocative of avowed heroes Tom Waits and Randy Newman, thanks largely to some twisted vocal affects, his eclecticism, odd meter shifts and taste for unusual musical narratives like “Memoirs of an Owned Dog” (“I had dreams of walking the world on my own/ Four on the floor every night all alone”). All are on vivid display throughout this savory, 13-track stew blending elements of troubadour rock, early 20th-century jazz, quasi-blues, junkyard percussion and varied acoustic instruments.”
Radio Free Silver Lake:
“Kenneth Pattengale performed at the Bessie Smith night and it was pretty darn good (the sibilant sounds of “who is he?” all around the room).”
“Ah, paving his own path with subtle reminders of Tom Waits and old-timey Americana rock, Kenneth Pattengale is setting himself apart from the Los Angeles indie scene…The images evoke nostalgic sentiments of the past with street mimes running amok and hot air balloons gliding overhead. The speckled vintage aesthetic and passionate flair of the young troubadour makes this video a pleasure to behold.”
LAist: Kenneth’s Top Ten of 2008
WHO IS KENNETH PATTENGALE
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.
http://www.myspace.com/kennethpattengale For more information contact Samantha Tillman @ Daffodil Publicity- firstname.lastname@example.org