Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies
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8/17/05: Glide Magazine - Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Compilation CD.

A few scattered reinterpretations should satisfy more adventurous tastes. Michael Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies add a Bakersfield shuffle to the Appalachian spirit of "Midnight Moonlight,"

Brian Gearing, Glide Magazine
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8/2/05: Jersey Beat CD Reviews - Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Compilation CD.

"Midnight Moonlight"- one of my favorites by Michael Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies, has that bouncy, catchy, feel-good, sing-a-long chorus that should bring a smile to just about anyone's face!- It comes across very cool and fun, as it was originally intended!  This disc has a communal vibe that many- and I mean MANY- tribute albums are sorely lacking.

Phil Rainone, Jersey Beat

Read the full article here: http://www.jerseybeat.com/localcds.htm

The "Legend" Speaks - March Issue of Upstage Magazine
"As the show started, The Suburban Hillbillies commanded the attention and respect of the audience. The response to music of the band’s new CD ROOTS AND BRANCHES was overwhelming. Michael’s performance was superb, establishing an immediate rapport with the crowd."

Read Jerry Pashin's Review & funny story of our gig with The Marshall Tucker Band !

Jerry joined us with some amazing trumpet sounds for the finale.

The Legend, Upstage Magazine - March, 2005

"Don't Take your Love From Me" is a rousing alt-country hootenanny, played by Michael Patrick and the Suburban Hillbillies.

Indigo compilation CD Review, by Splendid Magazine

Indigo  CD Compilation Review article:
"Other standouts include "Michael Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies' country-gospel rocker, "Don't Take Your Love from Me"


Bob Makin - Courier News (Thurs, 3/10/05)

Indigo Coffeehouse CD Compilation CD Release Party:
When all was sung and done, this night belonged to Morganville singer/songwriter "Michael Patrick." Appearing sans his band, "The Suburban Hillbillies", Michael Patrick (lead vocals/acoustic guitar) stole the show with outstanding renditions of "Big River (big crowd fave /a nod to the one & only J.C.), "Nothing's left behind" (mournful & moving), "Don't take your love from me" (big time twanger /best of set & one of the night's better songs) and "Incomplete" (another winner).

Uncle Mike - The Two River Times  (Music Scene/Night Grooves 2/25/05)

Makin Waves Award (Top NJ Independent Artists):
Best Country: Michael Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies : The former World Within jamster has grown up and formed an outfit that is on a mission to bring back roots, country and Southern rock. Based on a solid debut CD and tasty live sets, they seem to be succeeding.
View the full article here.

Bob Makin - Courier News (Sun, 2/20/05)

Michael Patrick and the Suburban Hillbillies brought their country music groove to the Library on Saturday, February 5th. Thanks to all those who attended, the overflow crowd of 100+ was one of the largest the Library has ever seen.
(View photos here)

Tim Niland, Old Bridge Library

Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies absolutely rocked the Starland Ballroom on 1/29/05 with the Marshall Tucker Band.
From their first tune, the band kicked off with an energy and air of confidence  that got this show rolling. The appreciative crowd of 1500+  voiced its' excitement over and over with applause that at times surpassed even the headliners response. Whatever you do, don't miss these guys next time around.

Dave's travelin' roadshow review

Many thanks for sending us your beautiful, strong release.
I’ve enjoyed listening to your songs and music and I will give your disc regular airplay in our radio show “Roots Revival” because you’re damn good. 
You can find our recent playlist on the website, www.geocities.com/rootsrevivalatlradio

Theo Geenan, Radio ATL, Belgium

Thank you for sending your CD, I am listening to it right now. You sound great. Shades of Uncle Tupelo, to my ears anyway.  Nice work Michael, best of luck with your music.  Hope we can meet in person sometime.

Jason Wilber (notable songwriter / backup guitarist) - John Prine, Iris DeMent, Todd Snider

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that your CD arrived and how much we enjoyed your music. You have a compelling voice and some great "radio friendly" tunes.

Frank Fara, Comstock Records, Ltd. (THE INDEPENDENT LEADER

I received your "Roots & Branches" CD and it sounds great!   You sure have some very good original material there including "Don't Take Your Love from Me", "Nothing's Left Behind" and "Rather be a Poor Man".
Looking forward to seeing you in April at the Hall !

Roy, President - Albert Music Hall

"If the big guys don't play it, I sure as hell will".

Raymond Swennen - Roots Revival Radio

Michael Patrick has written some fine original songs and appears to be on to something with his "countrified roots rock." 
M.P. shines on vocals in "Don't take your love from me."
As for their second set, Michael & the Hillbillies once again got off to a solid start with an inspired cover of Moot Davis' "Jug of wine" (boys came out rockin'), Michael's own "Left there knowin" (M.P. Stretches out on lead vocals/crowd favorite), and Johnny Cash's "Country Boy" (Some fine pickin')!

Uncle Mike - The Two River Times  (Music Scene/Night Grooves 11/26/04)

Michael Patrick's Roots Branch out!
The debut CD entitled "Roots & Branches offers a "warmth & charm" throughout that is rooted in the love that Patrick and his band have in roots music and hopefully will branch out to listeners. Stand out tracks include the harmonic, romantic "Should the river run dry," a faithful but spirited cover of Johnny Cash's "Big River" and the fiddle-driven pretty pickin' of "Left there knowin'."

Courier News - Bob Makin

Before his concert at Bayonet farm, I had not heard Michael Patrick and the Suburban Hillbillies. I am now a devoted fan. They had the crowd on their feet and dancing in the aisles with their unique blend of country rock, their energy, their musical virtuosity, and their vocal harmonies. From originals to 50s country to selections from Creedence, the Band and others, they covered the genre perfectly. The guitar playing was awesome, the bass and drums were a driving force behind the music. The powerful vocals were blended perfectly to each selection. These guys are obviously having a blast playing for audiences, and their energy and enthusiasm is contageous. If you have never seen them, find a local gig date and you will be hooked.

- Mike Rauchwerk, Mike Simpson
Music Organizers of "Bayonet Farm Arts & Music Festival"

Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies were just outstanding!!! It was wonderful to have such great talent come play @ Espresso Joe’s. It’s unbelievable that you guys only been playing together for such a short period. You guys were rockin’ like you been together forever! It was great to see the crowd so into it and having so much fun. We look forward to seeing you ROCK our house again! Thanks and see you soon!

- Ed Ko, Espresso Joe's

Michael Patrick brought the roaring crowd of "150 plus" to a near standing ovation for our Friday night Paladium Concert!
This is a seldomly seen occurence here and left our guests and staff wanting more. We anxiously await a future return visit. View the video here.

- Annabelle Paluski, Showcase Coordinator - Paladium, St Lucia

"This strummer of many talents shows that his dad's inspiration is very much alive in his performing."

Michael was recently interviewed by NJCoast.com! View the full article here.

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