What matters is that Canadian Singer - Songwriter Patsy Thompson made her way to Texas, and back, and now Canadian audiences will only be the better for it. Now they can experience her rich, moving voice, raw edged rough one moment, smooth and tender the next, always dear and soulful, in songs with catchy turns of phrases and such universal themes as love, big cars, Harleys, and dancing your socks off.
Her sound is a textured blend of driving beat, growly blues with a bit of Canada's airy accent, molded by the influence of musicians she loves: Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, KoKo Taylor, and Bob Seger, to name a few.
She has the look of a hipper Joplin: finger rings, red leather, black lace, short skirts, décolletage. On stage, she is a powerhouse, passionate, purposeful, and always personal.
While in college, she and Wailin' Walker and the House Rockers made Rock'n'Roll music and blues for biker dances and parties around British Columbia until Thompson felt it was time to do her own thing. She put together a band, The Patsy Thompson Band, and the lot went on the road. Across Canada they played, in good spots, and the no-so-good, but always having fun. And learning. And Crafting. Texans got their first taste of Patsy in 1992 when she played at the now famous South-By-Southwest Festival in Austin.
Her first CD "Rainbows Follow Rainy Days" was released in Canada in 1993 contained 10 songs. She continued touring to support it's release and quickly became one of western Canada's hottest acts.
Migrating to Texas thru Nashville, she has found a home in Austin where she recorded her third CD at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Recording Studio. The CD, entitled "Make Me Crazy" included seven brand new Patsy Thompson originals.
Patsy's fourth self titled CD focuses more on her songwriting and is some of her best work yet. The CD features seven new original songs, two Willie Nelson Classics, One written by Jody Payne, Red Lane, & Hank Cochran, and a remake of Lucinda Williams' "Lines Around Your Eyes".
Then it was "Passion", released in 2007 was produced by Patsy with help from the late David Zettner, along with Bobby Mac and Matt Hubbard. It explores a more jazz and salsa groove, without losing her signatue sound. It is comprised of 11 tracks recorded in part at Willie Nelson's Luck Studios and Fire Station Studios in San Marcos TX.
Musical guest's on the record include on guitars Boomer Norman (Stop The Truck and Mau Mau Chaplains) and Bobby Mack (Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall, Lou Ann Barton). Brandon Aly (Edie Brickell and New Bohemians) on drums. Brad Houser (Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Boom Box) on saxaphones and clarinet. Joel Guzman (Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Wayne Hancock) on accordian. Don Raby (Stop The Truck, Dale Watson) on fiddle. Matt Hubbard on keyboards and David Zettner on bass.
Her most recent work, done back in Vancouver BC, brings Patsy back to her roots, working with award winner Paul Shatto, recording her latest Friends Like You... and it shows the versatility and love for what she does the best, writing, recording and performing. Do yourself a favor and catch her live, you will never be disappointed.