Pat Green

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Pat Green
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Pat Green at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, California, August 10, 2004.
Background information
Birth name Patrick Craven Green
Born (1972-04-05) April 5, 1972 (age 43)
Origin San Antonio, Texas, USA
Genres Texas Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Rhythm guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Green Horse

Patrick Craven "Pat" Green (born April 5, 1972 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American Texas Country artist. Active since 1995, he has recorded a total of ten studio albums, including several independent works, three for Republic Records and two for BNA. Fifteen of his singles have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which the highest-peaking is the No. 3 "Wave on Wave" from his gold-certified album of the same name.[1][2]


Green was born in San Antonio to Craven Earl Green and Patricia Burgess. He was raised in Waco, Texas, where he attended Vanguard College Preparatory School for grades 7-12. Green's father was a former Air Force officer and stage actor who influenced his son's love of music. His parents divorced when he was seven. His mother later remarried.

After high school, Green attended Texas Tech University where he was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity.[3] Green started his music career as an 18-year-old at Texas Tech playing small gigs at bars and clubs around Lubbock. In 1995, Green independently recorded and released a series of albums produced by Lloyd Maines using money borrowed from his parents.[4] Green did not commit fully to his music career until 1997 when his stepfather fired him from his job as a fuel wholesaler. Green had been counting his money from a weekend of singing and his stepfather knew he would need motivation to fully pursue music as a career.[5]

After committing to music, Green drew the attention of Willie Nelson and joined a tour featuring Nelson and several other famous country musicians. Green's appearance at the 1998 Willie Nelson 4 July Picnic was his first step towards nationwide recognition, and he was soon playing sold out shows in Texas. Green was sponsored by Miller Lite and sold more than 250,000 albums, even without signing a major label recording contract.[5]

Music career[edit]

Pat Green performing in June 2008

Green's first major-label recorded album, Three Days was released in 2001. "Wave on Wave" was released in 2003, with the title track reaching number 3 on the charts by the end of the year. In late 2004 "Lucky Ones" was Green's 3rd and final CD release on the Universal/Republic label. After spending many years playing to young audiences in college towns across America, Green joined popular country music artists including Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney on major tours.[6]

Green released his album Cannonball in 2006. Later that year, he toured with labelmate Kenny Chesney.[6] In February 2008, Green released a coffee table book containing photos of dance halls that he had frequented throughout his career entitled "Pat Green's Dance Halls & Dreamers".[7] The book includes locations such a Gruene Hall, Luckenbach and Floore's Country Store as well as interviews with musicians Willie Nelson, Jack Ingram, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Robert Earl Keen.

In 2008, Green released "Let Me", as the first single from his album What I'm For. The single reached 12 on the country charts, giving Green his first Top 20 single since "Feels Just Like It Should" reached No. 13 in 2006. Initially, "Country Star" was released as the second single, but it was withdrawn shortly after the title track ("What I'm For") began receiving airplay. "Country Star" peaked at 32, and "What I'm For" peaked at 28 on the country charts in July 2009. Green parted ways with BNA shortly after this.

Green started out releasing "Texas country music" with songs such as "I Like Texas" and "Southbound 35." His career has taken a significant turn since the release of his major label albums and big act tours. Now striving for more mainstream pop country stardom, Green continued to climb the Nashville charts and build a national fan base as he smoothed out his sound with contemporary country releases. As of 2011, Green has announced his return to Texas and independent music.[8]

On September 2, 2014, Taste of Country premiered the official lyric video for a new song, "Girls from Texas", featuring Lyle Lovett.[9] On September 16, 2014, "Girls from Texas" was made available on iTunes.[10]

Green is an ardent fan of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. "I Like Texas," a song from his 1995 self-released album, Dancehall Dreamer, has been adopted as the Rangers' victory song.

On May 18, 2015, Green released a new single, "While I Was Away." The video, a tribute to long-distance parents, premiered on on May 22. "While I Was Away" was inducted into Taste of Country's Showdown Hall of Fame after winning five consecutive fan-voted rounds against artists including Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Cassadee Pope, and David Nail.

Green's first album of original content in 6 years, "Home" was released on August 14, 2015 and debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at No. 5.[11] The album includes appearances from Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and more.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US US Indie
Dancehall Dreamer
George's Bar
  • Release date: June 15, 1997
  • Label: self-released
Carry On
  • Release date: February 22, 2000
  • Label: self-released
Three Days 7 86
Wave on Wave
  • Release date: July 15, 2003
  • Label: Universal Records
2 10
  • US: Gold
Lucky Ones
  • Release date: October 19, 2004
  • Label: Universal/Republic
6 28
Cannonball 2 20
What I'm For
  • Release date: January 27, 2009
  • Label: BNA Records
2 18
Songs We Wish We'd Written II 15 59 8
  • Release date: August 14, 2015
  • Label: Green Horse
5 49 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Here We Go (Live)
  • Release date: June 15, 1998
  • Label: self-released
Live at Billy Bob's Texas
  • Release date: April 27, 1999
  • Label: Smith Music Group

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Indie US Heat
Songs We Wish We'd Written
(with Cory Morrow)
  • Release date: March 6, 2001
  • Label: Write On
26 13 20


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2001 "Texas on My Mind" (with Cory Morrow) 60 Three Days
"Carry On" 35
2002 "Three Days" 36
2003 "Wave on Wave" 3 39 Wave on Wave
2004 "Guy Like Me" 31
"Don't Break My Heart Again" 21 116 Lucky Ones
2005 "Somewhere Between Texas and Mexico" 42
"Baby Doll" 21 124
2006 "Feels Just Like It Should" 13 80 Cannonball
2007 "Dixie Lullaby" 24
"Way Back Texas"[A] 28
2008 "Let Me" 12 81 What I'm For
2009 "Country Star" 32
"What I'm For" 28
2012 "All Just to Get to You" 57 Songs We Wish We'd Written II
"Even the Losers"
2014 "Girls from Texas" (with Lyle Lovett) Home
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

All songs charted from unsolicited airplay on the country chart.

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
2003 "Winter Wonderland" 43 A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
2006 "Way Back Texas"[A] 48 Cannonball

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country
2001 "Texas in 1880" Radney Foster 54 Are You Ready for the Big Show?
2011 "My Texas" Josh Abbott Band Small Town Family Dream
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • A^ "Way Back Texas" originally charted in 2006 from unsolicited airplay that brought it to No. 48 before its release. It was officially released as a single in 2007.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2001 "Carry On" Thom Oliphant
"Texas In 1880" (with Radney Foster) David McClister
2002 "Three Days" Thom Oliphant
2003 "Wave on Wave" Roger Pistole
2004 "Don't Break My Heart Again" David Hogan
2005 "Baby Doll" Tom Campbell
2006 "Feels Just Like It Should" Trey Fanjoy
"Dixie Lullaby"
2012 "All Just to Get to You"
2015 "While I Was Away" Jeff Ray


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