JB and the Moonshine Band’s ‘Beer for Breakfast’ Named a Rolling Stone Magazine Top 5 Country Album of 2012
When I saw the Rolling Stone post I was immediately reminded of an old boss. One I had at a radio station I used to work at. This man was without a doubt the most cynical person I've ever known. People called him Eeyore (the donkey from Winnie the Pooh) behind his back.
So, why do I bring him up? Because he used to absolutely give me hell for spinning JB and the Moonshine Band on the radio. He'd actually make fun of them and me ... I think it made him feel cool.
Today, I hope he feels like a complete ass.
I've known JB Patterson for nearly four years now. We even had a class or two together at UT Tyler. But the first time we met was actually on the radio, when he and his band were on my show. I had the privilege of being the first person to ever play their music on the radio, and still have the privilege of calling the entire band friends.
Two Mondays ago I went to lunch with JB, his wife Regina and their son Parker. We had a nice little lunch at Chuy's. JB and I had a couple beeritas, and Regina convinced Parker to sing Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" -- he wasn't half bad, takes after his old man.
About half way through my "Big as Yo' Face" burrito Regina kinda nudged JB and said, "You gonna tell him?"
JB looked at me, and as he set his fork down his face lit up. He wiped some refried beans off his chin, took a deep breath and told me this, not verbatim, but more or less.
This guy from Rolling Stone emailed me about a week ago. He said he's been listening non-stop to "Beer for Breakfast" and he wants to include it on Rolling Stone's Top 5 Albums of 2012 list. I wrote him back an email and said, 'I don't believe you are who you say you are. The man responded with I am who I say I am and I absolutely love your music and it will be on my list of the Top 5 Country album of 2012."
Well, JB he was indeed who he said he was.
You know my biggest hang up with JB and the Moonshine Band has always been I'm worried that I favor them, only because we're friends. With these guys I've always doubted whether or not I should play 'em -- or I worry I play 'em too much. But today Rolling Stone has unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt proven me 100 percent wrong. And I'm totally cool with that.
JB, you are one of the most driven individuals I've ever known. And are a great example to me, your son and anyone who has ever had a dream that they were unsure of whether or not they should follow. Congratulations to you C Flo, Hayden and Gabe.
And finally, to my old boss, the one who openly and incessantly laughed at me for playing the original boobies version of "Perfect Girl," I hope your subscription to Rolling Stone is current, jackass.
Don't miss JB and the Moonshine Band on tour with Casey James for the Taste of Country Christmas Tour zig-zagging right now across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Here's what Rolling Stone had to say about "Beer for Breakfast."
These East Texas country rockers are like a thousand other bar bands, with a crucial difference: Frontman JB Patterson can really write songs – balancing sentiment with low-key Music Row wit and driven home with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-like chime and crunch.