Pat Burns

“This song’s great.”

Sometimes people—even choir boys– surprise you.  You think you know your friends, as they say, like the back of your hand. But, occasionally, one of your friends reveals a latent talent that seemed to manifest through divine inspiration. This was the case with Pat Burns who stomped around Pottsville with the godfathers of Blind Pigeon records in their salad days. Pat could hang out with the best of them and was a regular at local gigs. No one knew he was taking notes until he picked up a guitar and clumsily, at first, fleshed out the first of many chords.

“Who is this?”

Nowadays, Pat Burns has provided the soundtrack to love, marriage, heartbreak, lust, and frustration in equal measure.  He manages to make his sound and style fit whether he is serenading diners at a restaurant or storytelling to barflies.  That’s the thing about talent. Talent works with every crowd.

If you find yourself in Schuylkill County make sure you find some local original music. You may hear something that sounds familiar that you can’t quite place. Couldn’t be a Beatles cover, right?  Is it a lost Elliott Smith tune?  The lyrics hit on well-worn universal themes, the melody is so catchy and memorable that you’re sure you’ve heard it before.  If you find yourself here in Schuylkill County, thinking those very same thoughts, ask someone next to you and they’ll probably say the same thing:

“It’s Pat Burns.”