It's been a crazy two years for JB and The Moonshine Band and there are no signs of things slowing down just yet.
While he wouldn't say whether this new addition would be permanent, Patterson did admit that he brings the band a little more “Texas legitimacy.”
“He plays quite a few instruments, but the one I'm most excited for is the fiddle. They say that if you're going to play in Texas, you have to have a fiddle in the band, so we finally meet that criteria,” he said.
This year also saw the release of the band's sophomore album, “Beer For Breakfast.” While some groups sweat such a release – there's always the persistent fear of the dreaded “sophomore slump” when coming off of a successful debut – Patterson said their second go 'round in the studio yielded better results than the first.
“I feel so good about it. If sales are any indication, we haven't hit a sophomore slump. In fact, we're doing numbers that far outweigh our freshman album,” he said. “Furthermore, I intend on releasing as many singles as possible from this album. We have done our best to make sure that every song is a good song with no filler on the album. I intend to release as many singles to the public as I can, as opposed to two or three, which is the norm.”
Patterson said he's quite proud of the album, especially in the way that it reflects who and what the band is. As in the first album, all of the songs are written or co-written by Patterson, a creative priority.
“It's very diverse. There are party songs. There are drinking songs. There are love songs. There is something for everybody on this album. If I had to give one specific accolade, that's what it would be,” he said. “What (the album) means to me is, I'm very proud of this album. I wrote most of the songs by myself. I co-wrote three or four of them, but I wrote or co-wrote every single song. This is basically my thoughts on a CD and, to me, that's very important that we are being authentic and I think that comes through on the album, whether we like it or not.”
Patterson said he's looking forward to having the opportunity to experiment the next time the band goes into the studio.
That said, Patterson wants to bask in the success (creatively and otherwise) of “Beer For Breakfast” before the band goes back into the studio. When they do, however, he's hoping they get a little more time to tweak and tune.
“Instead of trying to hurry up and record an album within a set amount of time. Our first album we did in three days, next in two weeks. I would like to spend six months at our leisure. I want to take our time with it and experiment,” he said.
More than anything, Patterson seemed truly aware of how indebted he and the band are to the support shown by fans and expressed a heavy amount of gratitude.
“We've seen so much support from East Texas and Tyler specifically, I just want to thank everybody for being so supportive,” he said. “It means so much to us to see our friends and family and fans to support us. Our family, friends and fans in East Texas are the best.”
The Billy Bob's show will take place tonight at 10:30. Tickets are $12 per person.
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