The Unfinished Bio

"Some people went to church on Sundays... we went to Cal’s Corral. I used to sit there at the end of the stage and look up at those people and think "I'm going to do this someday" - Patty Booker 

Patty Booker wasn't born in the center of country music's universe. In fact, she missed it by almost 2,000 miles. Where she's been most of her life is in Southern California. Born in San Pedro to parents transplanted from Oklahoma. She spent rnuch of her childhood inundated with country music-West Coast style. 

At the age of six, Patty and her younger sister, would occasionally go with their father to the Wilmington Union Hall and sing while he and other men searched job lists for employment. This was her first captive audience. She soon graduated to singing to the cows in the field next to their house. Even the bovine community seemed to enjoy the rich tones coming from her guitar and the honest expression of her voice. Soon came three children that Patty entertained while doing the laundry and cooking. Its no wonder that Loretta Lynn was a tremendous inspiration as Booker looked into the window of country music. 

Booker and her band The Hired Hands became hard-hitting champions of the honky tonk circuit in 1985. Heads began to turn and ears began to listen when Patty would dig into songs such as Loretta's "You ain't woman enough" or Tammy Wynette's "stand by your man." She sang them with as much heart and fervor. Her talent attracted some of the top musicians in L.A. and Orange County. She gave them an opportunity to play real country music. Patty's audience began to grow after recording her signature song, "Ninety Nine" written by Gary Brandin, on A Town South Of Bakersfield Vol.3. She began playing the L.A. country circuit and became a regular presence on Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance. Booker has shared billings with artists such as Lucinda Williams, The reverend Horton Heat, and Chris Gaffney. 

In 1998, singer-songwriter Jann Browne, a long time friend and fan of Booker's, began collaborating with her in song writing. Matthew Barnes, Jann's guitarist, along with Browne began working on co-producing Booker's ten song CD entitled "I Don't Need All That", which is due out this spring. Six of the ten songs displays Booker's "lived in" writing. "My songs come more from what I feel, where I've been" she tells the L. A. Times. Browne recently said in an interview: "This cd is a depiction of Booker's wonderful talent as a writer and singer. There's not an inkling of pretension. She's pure, raw, roots, country music and she rocks with twang!!” As long as artists such as Patty Booker keep surfacing, there's hope for the future of country music. ”Booker; who plays rhythm guitar; brings to bear a craggy expanse of a voice that alternately recalls the feistiness of Brenda Lee, the vulnerability of Tammy Wynette and the steely resolve of Loretta Lynn.”~~Randy Lewis LA. Times

Patty Booker recorded her second CD “Our Shangri-LA” in 2003 with Rick Shea. The Dynamic Duo toured thru Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Then came back home and headed for San Francisco.   Doing live radio shows along the way.  

Now three years later Patty has put together another fantastic CD consisting of songs written by Booker, Booker & Jann Browne once again. Booker & Rick Shea and Earnest Tubb & Johnny Bond.  Still full of twang and then some. As of February 2007 the CD is soon to be released. Until then Booker continues to play the Honky Tonks and sing about the life she’s been living now for 50 years. 

Since her first release Booker has toured Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Finland  and has two hits over in The Caribbean.  Booker has major airplay on XM radio at Hanks Place and is played on radio stations across the country, Europe, England, Australia and more. Booker’s CD’s are played all over the world.  She will be on her way to  Sweden again once the new CD is released.

Fire & Brimstone 
Patty Booker brings the whole litany of life experiences to bear on this
latest release. You may not know who Patty Booker is, and she admits,
“Sometimes I don’t even know.” Patty has lived life to its fullest – she has
been wife, mother, daughter, sister, singer, songwriter, healer, blue collar worker, friend, lover and a lot more. Patty was raised by parents who came  to California from Oklahoma before she or any of her nine siblings were born. 
Patty is the second child of ten, the mother of three and grandmother
of three. Patty started singing professionally in the mid-1980’s,
when she joined a band with steel guitar player Gary Brandin of The Blue
Hawaiians. In early 1992, she recorded “99” for the Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3 compilation album. She then took a break to finish raising her children and returned to the music scene in 1999 with her first full
blown CD, I Don’t Need All That, produced by Nashville singer/songwriter
Jann Browne & her partner Matt Barnes. The release of that CD launched
Patty full on into the music world where she has performed in Europe,
Iceland and the Caribbean. Patty’s continuous airplay on XM radio and
many other stations across this country and Europe are testament to her

Los Angeles Times 
Orange County's Top 10 Pop CD Picks
#5 - Patty Booker, I Don't Need All That (PMS Records) 
The first CD by this veteran country singer has all the traditional virtues: honesty,humor, heart-piercing feeling. Booker, with the writing, playing and
production help from some of Southern California's twang-music
elite, splendidly fills the part of a woman vulnerable enough to be
hurt, but tough enough not to be a doormat.
Mike Boehm

Following up on I Don’t Need All That, Patty and singer/songwriter Rick
Shea, former guitarist for Dave Alvin, released a CD of heart wrenching
country duets called Our Shangri-LA on the Tres Pescadores label in
2003. Rick and Patty toured up and down the coast and across the United
States playing songs from Our Shangri-LA, along with their favorite
traditional country tunes

L.A Weekly
Our Shangri-LA, the new album of duets from veteran Southern California
country singers Rick Shea and Patty Booker not only exemplifies
the West Coast's once vibrant honky-tonk tradition, it damn well
resurrects it...a complex and rewarding series of emotional and psychological statements - not to mention more than a few moments of smoldering erotic tension.
Jonny Whiteside
Now, two years after Our Shangri-LA, Tres Pescadores has once again
teamed with Patty to put together a new solo work, Fire & Brimstone. This
CD is packed with seething, soulful, and raw country feeling. It was
produced by Patty, Wyman Reese, a former member of Chris Gaffney’s Cold
Hard Facts Band, and Walter Clevenger of The Dairy Kings. This collection
also features some of Southern California’s finest musicians, including
Danny Ott, Bob Gothar, Shawn Nourse, Candy Lerman-Girard, Steve
Bancroft, Lisa Finnie, Lori Jo DeWitt, Henry Clift, Dave Pearlman, Jay Dee
Maness, Matt Barnes and Jann Browne with Walter and Wyman filling out
the sound on a variety of instruments.
The times they do keep changing and so does the world for Patty Booker.
Patty is truly an indigo child and sees the world as her playground. Patty
feels she has lived a full and wonderful life, in spite of all the hard knocks
and heartaches. The one thing she has been able to hold onto and trust
through it all is the music inside of her honky-tonk heart. To share it with
you now through her songs gives her life a greater meaning. It’s not a fad
or a phase and it will not go away with age. You can trust that Patty will be
singing until all the lights go out. If you like true country and real grit, you
don’t want to miss Fire & Brimstone.

Tres Pescadores Records
P.O. Box 4
Anaheim, CA 92815
Patty Booker