Pat Flynn (musician)

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Guitarist, singer and songwriter Pat Flynn first gained attention as a member of New Grass Revival, appearing on the group's albums Live (1984), On the Boulevard (1984), New Grass Revival (1986), Hold to a Dream (1987), and Friday Night in America (1989), and writing songs included on these albums, including the title songs for On the Boulevard and Friday Night in America. "Do What You Gotta Do," which he wrote for Friday Night in America, was later recorded by Garth Brooks for his album Sevens (1997). Flynn played on the track, which initially made number 62 in the country charts; upon its re-release as a hit single, it reached number 5 in the country charts and number 39 in the pop charts in 2000. After his stint in New Grass Revival, Flynn became a successful country session musician, appearing on recordings by Glen Campbell, Roseanne Cash, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Bellamy Brothers, Mark Chesnutt, Nanci Griffith, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Kathy Mattea, Michael Martin Murphey, Leon Russell, George Strait, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, and Lee Ann Womack, among many others, during the 1980s, 90’s and 2000s. On August 10, 2004, he released his debut solo album, reQuest, followed by reVision 2007 and reNew 2007, completing the Trilogy. Turning to Producing in the early new Millennium, Flynn worked with Cadillac Sky, Crucial Smith, Grammy nominated Michael Martin Murphey, Cowboy Dan, Hobo Jim (Alaska Poet Laureate) among others. In 2017 he scored a number one Bluegrass album with Ray Cardwell. Although not on the road as much these days, he played lead guitar for Leon Russell for about a year before Russell’s passing. He crisscrossed the Country with Buddy Greene, and made several Annual Michael Martin Murphey Christmas Tours, along with short tours with The Greencards, and with John Cowan and Darrell Scott as Cowan, Scott and Flynn and A Holiday Celebration with Amy Grant. Flynn plans to stay busy in the studio, on stage and on the Radio and Streamers~


Flynn is featured on the Randy Travis album Rise and Shine released in 2001,[1] and on Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance (2000). In addition, Pat wrote and performed on Garth Brooks' hit single Do What You Gotta Do, which was originally performed by New Grass Revival.[2]

Pat is a featured artist on the Nashville Acoustic Sessions CD project, with Raul Malo, Rob Ickes, and Dave Pomeroy on CMH Records. The record ended up on many critics' “best of the year” lists and achieved Top-10 status on the Americana radio chart. Pat is also a featured player on The Greencards CDs, Movin' On and Weather and Water, released on DualTone Records.

In 2004, Flynn released his first solo CD project, entitled reQuest.[3] Appearing with Pat on this project are Béla Fleck, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Jim Hoke, Buddy Greene, and others.

In 2007, he released his second CD, 'reVision'. Flynn has been featured by cover stories in Flatpicking Guitar and Bluegrass Now magazines, and he was chosen as Tom T Hall's musical director and guitarist for Hall’s “Artist In Residence” month at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

In November and December 2009, Pat toured as lead guitar in Michael Martin Murphey's Rio Grande Band for Murphey's annual production of Cowboy Christmas.


  1. ^ "LP Discography: Randy Travis - Rise And Shine - Everywhere We Go". Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  2. ^ Cooper, Peter (November 1, 2014). "Pat Flynn scores as solo artist". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  3. ^ "Pat Flynn | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-24.

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