Reviews & Reports
(Tres Pescadores ❀❀❀❀) One thing you’ve got to say about California’s Booker is she comes out of the chute full throttle, and you better hang on tight, and not for any eight seconds either but a full 40 odd minutes. Conventional, and fairly righteous, wisdom has it that you should open with your best song (being as that may the only one that gets heard), but Booker rather takes this to extremes. On I Don’t Need All That (PMS 1999, reviewed #30/119), she gave herself the impossible task of matching Hell Yes, I Cheated, which became an instant radio favorite, at least among the few DJs who still play Hard Country. This time, she’s cut herself a little more slack, The Hell That I’ve Been Through, cowritten by Rick Shea, with whom she collaborated on a duet album, Our Shangri-LA (Tres Pescadores, 2003), is a formidable original, but not quite as much of a showstopper. In fact, the track I’d be leaning on as a DJ, in the face of stiff competition, particularly from the only cover, Ernest Tubb & Johnny Bond’s Tomorrow Never Comes, doesn’t show up until #10, a mother’s lament for a child gone bad, The Hand That Rocked His Cradle (“had to lock him out tonight”). Not only are the originals, some cowritten with Jann Browne, more consistent than those on I Don’t Need All That, but Booker, who first surfaced
back in 1992 on a Town South Of Bakersfield compilation, then disappeared to
raise a family, is in even better, more complex voice, passionate as ever—she
sometimes reminds one of Brenda Lee—but with greater assurance. She’s often billed
as a honky-tonker, but this is Hard Country the way God intended. 
reviewed by: John Conquest 3rd Coast Music


From the OC Weekly by John Roos I couldn't have said it better!
Patty Booker
Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm
Few singer/songwriters honor the heart-wrenching, classic country-music tradition like Orange County’s own Patty Booker. Wounded yet fearless, the resilient Booker and her crack band play with a raw grit and soulful, smoldering edge—the kind that can be summed up by these timeless words (co-written with Rick Shea, the ex-Dave Alvin singer/songwriter/guitarist) from “The Hell That I’ve Been Thru”: “I pulled back the trigger, I had you both in range/Then it flashed before me, What was I to gain?”

Yes, since releasing her 1999 debut, I Don’t Need All That, brutal honesty has defined Booker’s art. So beware ex-lovers: She will rightly call you on your shit! Booker next teamed up with Shea for an album of vintage, West Coast honky-tonk duets on the 2003 masterpiece Our Shangri-La. A string of brilliant albums continues with her new Fire & Brimstone, a twangy, bluesy yet life-affirming slice of rich Americana. Tales of lust, longing and betrayal have rarely felt and sounded so good, with Booker’s Loretta Lynn-like vocals expressing every ounce of emotional tumult one can possibly muster. 

The Oklahoma-bred Booker may lament love lost, but she never loses hope. In fact, she eloquently closes Fire & Brimstone with “Who Would I Be,” a yearning yet upbeat ballad co-written by frequent collaborator and friend Jann Browne. Whether happy or sad, Booker’s story songs nourish the soul. They’re simply slices of life, and despite the aches and pains, Booker does cherish hers. 

Patty Booker & the Players at the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-3030; Thurs., Aug. 30, 5:30-9:45 p.m. $7. All ages; also at Cook’s Corner, 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, (949) 858-0266; Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m. Call for cover. 21+. 

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Patty is #2 on the Freeform American Roots List


#1 Jimmy LaFave: Cimarron Manifesto (Red House) *AB/*BF/*BK/*KB/*KR/*MP/*R&H/*TR
2	Patty Booker: Fire & Brimstone (Tres Pescadores) *CP/*JM/*LB/*PP/*RS
3	Bill Hearne's Roadhouse Revue: Heartaches & Honky-Tonks (Frogville) *BR/*DA/*EW/*JA/*MB/*TF
4	Eilen Jewell: Letters From Sinners & Strangers (Signature Sounds) *B&C/*CS/*HG/*RV/*TA
5	David Olney: One Tough Town (Red Parlor) *JF/*TG
6	Nick Lowe: At My Age (Yep Roc) *JR/*KC/*N&T
7	Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles: Diamonds In The Dark (Sugar Hill) *3RC/*JZ/*RC
8	Porter Wagoner: Wagonmaster (Anti) *BP/*BS
9	Michael Fracasso: Red Dog Blues (Little Fuji) *DT/*MM
10	Dennis Brennan: Engagement (Hi-N-Dry)
11	Kendel Carson: Rearview Mirror Tears (Train Wreck) *AA/*RH
12	Bruce Springsteen: Live In Dublin (Columbia) *MR/*SG
13=	Chuckanut Drive: The Crooked Mile Home (Ragtown) *BB
	John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders (Train Wreck) *JH
	Kelly Willis: Translated From Love (Ryko)
14	Max Stalling: Topaz City (Blind Nello) *DY/*OO
15	Johnny Bush & Justin Trevino: Texas On A Saturday Night (Heart of Texas) *RW
16=	Richard Fontaine: Thirteen Cities (El Cortez) *R78/*ST
	John Prine & Mac Wiseman: Standard Songs For Average People (Oh Boy) *NA
17	VA: Anchored In Love; A Tribute To June Carter Cash (Dualtone)
18	John Doe: A Year In The Wilderness (Yep Roc)
19=	VA: Just One More; A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown (Bloodshot) *GC
 	Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch) *TW
20=	Sam Baker: Pretty World (self) *AOK
	Vince Bell: Recado (SteadyBoy) *MF
21=	Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger (Lost Highway) *SB
	The Gourds: Noble Creatures (Yep Roc) *TPR
	Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours: Trailercana (DPR) *RJT
	Scott Miller: Reconstruction (Sugar Hill) *JS
	Gurf Morlix: Diamonds To Dust (Blue Corn)
22=	Jason Isbell: Sirens Of The Ditch (New West) *DY
	Amy LaVere: Anchors & Anvils (Archer) *DF
	Marty Stuart: Compadres (Superlatone) *JP
23=	Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem: Big Old Life (Signature Sounds)
	Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got A Rambling Mind (Music Maker) *CL/*DWT
	Bobby Flores: Neon Nights (Yellow Rose) *MT
	Jeff Kanzler: Black Top Road (self)
	Quebe Sisters: Timeless (Fiddletone) *RM
	Stuart Rosh & The Geniuses: American Vernacular (Winged Flight) *GF
24=	The Detroit Cobras: Tied And True (Bloodshot)
	Marie Knight: Let Us Get Together; A Tribute To Rev Gary Davis (MC) *SC
	Audrey Auld Mezera: Lost Men and Angry Girls (Reckless) *OB
	Doug Spartz: The One Who's Leavin' (Great North Music)
25=	Pieta Brown: Remember The Sun (One LIttle Indian) *JB
	Cherryholmes: Cherryholmes II Black & White (Skaggs Family) *MA
	Elizabeth Cook: Balls (31 Tigers) *DG
	Danny Flowers: Tools Of The Trade (Brash) *EB
	Robbie Fulks: Revenge! (Yep Roc)
	Chris Knight: Trailer Tapes (Drifter's Church)
	David Serby: Another Sleepness Night (Harbor Grove)
26=	The Chicken Chokers 07 (self) *DR
	Delafields: Delightful (self) *TJ
	Amber Digby: Music From The Honky Tonks (Heart Of Texas) *SH
	Jon Fox: Something Real (self) *HT
	Garnet Hearts: Life Behind Bars (Wild Hare) *LG
	Rita Hosking: Silver Stream (self) *BW
	Last Train Home: Last Good Kiss (Blue Buffalo) *TT
	Malone & McWilliams: Los Angeles (self) *GG
	Nathan: Key Principles (Netwerk) *SR
	North Twin: Falling Apart (self) *CF
	Doug Ploss: Cowgirl Tattoo (Fertile Ground) *GS
	Elliot Randall: Take The Fall (self) *KM
	Kirk Rundstrom: Imperfect Spirals *TM
	Ann Savoy & Her Restless Knights: If Dreams Come True (Memphis International) *DC
	Sand Sheff: The Dust Trilogy (Upheaval Dome) *RG
	Nina Simone: Just Like a Woman (RCA Legacy) *DJ
	Doug Spartz: American Stories, Lies & Tales (Phono) *RJ
	Devon Sproule: Keep Your Silver Shined (City Salvage) *MDT
	Mavis Staples: We'll Never Turn Back (Anti) *ES
	Sweet Sunny South: Showtime () *GV
	Bow Thayer: Spend It All (Crooked Root) *GM
	Trilobite (self) *RE
	Zeman & Walsh: The Bourbon Sessions (Busted Flat) *FS

Playlist “Country Club”  4 songs from Patty Booker added to the list
Alain Joris "Country Club"
Radio Columbia 106.9fm
Rue Joseph Wauters 25
6250 Roselies
 - The "lost" album: Danni Leigh (29 Nights)
- The album of the week: Patty Booker (Fire and Brimstone)
- Danni Leigh: Beatin' my head against the wall
- Patty Booker: The hell that I've been through
- Trent Summar + The New Row Mob: Pink John Deere
- Sounthern Culture On The Skids: Rose garden
- Dustin Treiber: Take me drunk,I'm home
- Marty Raybon: Come early morning
- Indian Rodeo: My block
- Sunny Sweeney: Mama's Opry
               Classic Country
- Johnny Cash: Tennesse flat top box
- The Byrds: Hickory wind
- Claude King: Wolverton mountain
- Clay Dubose: Long lonely life
- Patty Booker: Momma knows
- Jann Browne: I don't care
- The Derailers: Never too late for a party
- Billy Yates: Flowers
- Brad Jackson: All night dive
- Wayne Walker: All I can do is cry
- Joe Penny: Bip a little,bop a lot
- Billy Lee Riley: Flying saucers of rock'n'roll
- Scott Markley: It's never too late
- Patty Booker: Tomorrow never comes
- Dave Insley: I'm afraid of dyin'
- Dale Watson: Late and great me
- Hillbilly Idol: No time like past
- Randy Archer: This bus
- Sylvia: Bus stop
              Country Hits
- Kevin Wilson: Bootheel girl
- Ronnie Lee Twist: Debbie don't do Dallas
- Paul Overstreet: The toughest battles
- Johnny Falstaff: Shine
- Patty Booker: Wake up little baby
- Ruby Dee + The Snakehandlers: I will always return
- Mike Lounibos: This old guitar
- Big in Iowa: Hamiltucky honky tonk hero
- Danni Leigh: Chain me 

From Eddie @  THE COSMIC COWBOY CAFÉ (est. 1996)
G'day Tim,
Just received Patty's new cd - thank you.
I like it tremendously and gave her the honour of opening Friday night's show.
My audience really likes her ,music and only last week we play a track from Our Shangri-LA.
Playlists follow.
Thank you for thinking of your buddies downunder.
2RRR 88.5 FM
Sydney, Australia
Friday 29.6.07
Countin’On A Barstool – Ricky Calmbach
Close Up The Hony Tonks – Bill Hearne’s Roadhouse Review
Dixie Rose’s Honky Tonk, Feed Store, Gun Shop, Used Car, Beer, Bait, BBQ, Barber Shop, Laundromat – Trent Willmon
Beer, Bait And Ammo – Kevin Fowler
Should’ve Been A Cowboy - Toby Keith (1st album - before he went bad )
Cowboy Boots - The Backsliders
Silverado Boys - Rodney Hayden
Just To Prove I Could – Bobby Pinson
She Always Talked About Mexico – David Ball
Mexican Getaway – John Mohead
The Bull & The Beaver – Rick Shea & Patty Booker
Old Greyhound – Rose Maddox & John Jorgenson
Back To Caroline – Jamey Johnson
Fallin’ Out Of Love With You – Catherine Britt
Kashmere Gardens Mud – Johnny Bush
Justice For All – Dale Watson
Tequila & Teardrops – Johnny Bush w. Dale Watson
Swinging Doors – Johnny Bush w. Justin Trevino
Nuevo Laredo – Rodney Hayden
Back In My Drinkin’ Days – Bobby Pinson
Lady Lay Down – Adam Harvey
Years After You – John Conlee
Old School – Russell Smith
The Week The River Raged – Sara Evans
No Higher Ground- Greg Trooper
Jack Daniels – Miranda Lambert
Turns To Tears – Chris Wall
Guitars, Jim Beam & Waylon – Jackson Taylor Band
Sponge Bath – The McCarthys
2RRR 88.5 FM
Sydney, Australia
Friday 6.7.07
Triple Plays Cont’d
Don’t Go Back To Sleep
Sleepin’ w/2 Men
The Hell I’ve Been Through
I Like Whiskey
Suspicious Minds
Se Habla Heartache
A Stranger Was Here
Big Shoes
Talk Back Tremblin’ Lips
Cuttin’ Down (On My Runnin’ Around)
In The Corner, At The Table, By The Jukebox
Over There, That’s Frank
Ring Of Fire
The Night Hank Williams Came To Town
The Man Comes Around
Little Tears
Girls With Apartments In Nashville
Too Big For This Town
Honky Tonk Heart
Wide Open Spaces
Wishful Drinking
From The Time I Get Up
Me And Abalina Jane
Your Ex-Husband Sent Me Flowers
What Would Ernest Tubb Have Done
I Don’t Care What It Is That You Did When You Lived In Ft Worth
The King Is In His Castle
Jenny Hold On
Look Heart No Hands
Wishing All These Old Things Were New
Kern River
I’m Still Your Daddy
**  please send  promotional material for airplay consideration to:
Eddie White
The Cosmic Cowboy Café
PO BOX 5080
NSW  2118
3rd Coast Music FAR Reporter


Hi Patty
I received your album a few days ago - and I was delighted!
Good album.
Thank you.
The playlist for this week's Comfort Zone is below.
Best regards

10 July 2007

Rick Shea & The Losin' End - Bound for Trouble (Bound for Trouble)
Patty Booker - This Photograph (Fire & Brimstone)
Patty Booker - Who Would I Be (Fire & Brimstone)
Davie Alvin - Blind Love (West of the West)
Wanda Jackson w/Dave Alvin - Rockabilly Fever (Heart Trouble)
Robbie Fulks - Tears at the Grand Old Opry (Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson)
Rosie Flores w/Wanda Jackson - His Rockin Little Angel (Rockabilly Filly)
Wanda Jackson - Mean Mean Man (Queen of Rockabilly)

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ramblin' Man (Ballad of the Broken Seas)
Kathleen Haskard - Loser's Weep (Don't Tell)
Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle - Here for You (The Miracle Mile)
Madviolet - Sore Heart (Caravan)
Ron Sexsmith - Never Give Up (Time Being)
Jaime RT & Andy Hillhouse - Turn Out the Lights and Kiss Me Goodnight (Spark)
Bek-Jean Stewart - Sweet Light (Junior Years)

Willie P Bennett - Blue Valentine (Heartstrings)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - Sometimes It Comes So Easy (Let's Frolic Again)
Fred Eaglesmith - Getting to Me (50-Odd Dollars)
The Laws - Whiskey and Gasoline (Ride It Out)
Pam Tillis - Something Burning Out (Rhinestoned)
Vince Gill - I Never Knew Lonely (I Never Knew Lonely)
Inneke23 & The Lipstick Painters - Elephant Crossing (Elephant Crossing)

John Prine - The Glory of Love (Fair & Square)
Nancy Griffith - Anybody Can Be Somebody's Fool (Little Love Affairs)
Guy Clark - It's About Time (Texas Cooking)
Valerie Smith & LIberty Pike - Seeds (Wash Away Your Troubles)
Burrito Deluxe - When Summer's Over (Disciples of the Truth)
Michelle Shocked - How You Play the Game (Don't Ask, Don't Tell)
Jimmy LaFave - Truth (Cimarron Manifesto)

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Product Description
Patty Bookers second solo effort, ""Fire & Brimstone"", follows her critically acclaimed debut, ""I Dont Need All That"". She has also teamed up with fellow Tres Pescadores artist Rick Shea on ""Our Shangri-La"", a highly regarded CD of country duets released in 2003. The new collection, produced by Patty, Walter Clevenger and Wyman Reese, features some of Southern Californias finest musicians. The twelve songs, eleven written by Patty, reflect Pattys life experiences in themes of loss, wistfulness, anger and yearning, all filtered through Pattys eternal optimism. This is a CD that is sure to astound and delight country fans who are disillusioned with the current trend in countrified pop music.


Fire and Brimstone
Patty Booker
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Patty Booker
With her fierce passion and vocal ability, Patty Booker represents a throwback to artists like Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee. In other words, this honky tonker is the real deal. In 1992, she had a track on the compilation A Town South of Bakersfield Volume 3 alongside the likes of Dale Watson. However, it wasn't until 1999 as a grandmother in her mid-'40s that she would self-release her full-length LP, I Don't Need All That.

Patty Booker was born in San Pedro, CA, to Oklahoma transplants. During the '80s, Booker and her band tirelessly played the Orange County circuit. After her appearance on the Town South of Bakersfield compilation in the early '90s, Booker took time out to raise her kids. Finally, in 1998, with the assistance of country star Jann Browne, she began working on I Don't Need All That. With tracks such as "Hell Yes I Cheated" and "PMS" (which trolls the same bold waters as Loretta Lynn's "The Pill") the album calls to mind the pioneering, independent women of the '60s. This is country at its fiercest and rawest -- the way it should be. ~ Erik Hage, All Music Guide

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