Press Reviews

G-NOTE ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE (Nov 2019):  PAT SMILLIE: MOTOR CITY ROCK & ROLL IS BACK - Nick Hatzinikolis (U.S.A.)

http://online.pubhtml5.com/huqw/notw/#p=31

BG: BLUES AND MUSIC NEWS (10/26/19):  PAT SMILLIE: MOTOR CITY MUSIC MAN HITS A HOME RUN WITH "LONESOME FOR A LONG TIME" - Todd Beebe (U.S.A.)

https://bg.buddyguy.com/pat-smillie/

WLLZ 106.7 FM (10/11/19): PAT SMILLE: THE NEW GENERATION OF BLUES IN DETROIT - Doug Podell (U.S.A.)

https://www.spreaker.com/user/11175036/doc-pat-smillie?fbclid=IwAR1blF3zXOzepA_6orF2qzzQrW1wLDq3bmhtYXoAhpUytZlpBdXb_0BdMOk

METRO TIMES (10/9/2019): City Slang / Staff Pick - Jerilyn Jordan (U.S.A.)

https://www.metrotimes.com/city-slang/archives/2019/10/09/metro-detroit-rock-mainstay-pat-smillie-releases-first-record-in-a-decade-at-token-lounge

BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE (Oct/Nov 2019) - Adrian Blacklee (U.K.)

"This six track EP includes all self-written material by Detroit-based powerhouse vocalist Pat Smillie. While he has a powerful voice, there are also plenty of subtle soulful elements included and together this creates a very warm vibrant sound. Pat was raised in Detroit where his early influences were the Motor City artists that included the Temptations, Wilson Picket and Bob Seger. He has fused these styles into his trademark sound which is solid soulful blues aided by good quality songs and a full backing band that includes some cracking horn playing arranged by KeithKaminski. He has dedicated this mini-album to his inspirations; Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry, Otis Clay and Dennis Edwards, all of these artists influences can be clearly heard on this album. Difficult to highlight any particular song, although, the rocking 'Boulder City Breakdown' is a very catchy number aided by guest guitarist Jim McCarty’s (Mitch Ryder) thumping lead guitar soloing work. These six songs represent Pat’s first new material for over a decade but on this evidence a full length album cannot come soon enough for me as Pat Smillie is a brilliant vocalist and songwriter.
 

TWOJ BLUES MAGAZINE (Oct 2019) - Andrzej Matysik (POLAND)

"'I Got an Angel (Waiting up in Heaven for Me)" is an emotional and sensual ballad that finally solidifies Pat in the highest regions of today's high ranking soul performers."

BG: BLUES AND MUSIC NEWS (Oct 2019) - Todd Beebe (U.S.A.)

Pat has a great, new album out- "Lonesome For A Long Time." If you're a fan of blues and great, soulful rock and roll, all wrapped up in well written tunes, do yourself a favor and grab a copy.

BIG CITY BLUES MAGAZINE (Aug/Sept 2019) - Robert Jr. Whitall (USA)

"Blue-eyed soul, first rate!  You will hear Mitch Ryder and Otis Clay in his vocals.  Dig it!"

 

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"Pat Smillie is an amazing vocalist, with a soulful expressive voice. He doesn't just sing; he feels the songs, and he'll make you feel them, too. It's almost as if he becomes possessed by the music. That's how deep it goes."

 ~Karen Hanson (TODAY'S CHICAGO BLUES)

"Pat Smillie nicely blends blues and soul on the 12-song "Down by the River"...The disc proves without a doubt why Smillie and his band have been a revered local fixture for more than a decade."

 ~Jeff Berkwits (ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER)

“Many people tell me that the blues has seen better days. That may be true in many cities, but I’d argue strongly that the blues are very much alive and well in Chicago with local bands following in the steps and 12-bar blues of Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield. The Pat Smillie Band is an example of one of the bands clawing their way up, and I hope they’ll land a national record deal soon.”

 ~Eric Steiner (WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY)

“Pounding blues rock, funky soul, slick urban R&B, smooth ballads, and even a taste of country…this album ("Letter to Hampton") demonstrates their remarkable versatility to fine effect.”

 ~Kevin Toelle (ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER)

“This amazing album documents the energy and excitement his Stax-style vocals bring to the party. All originals, this still manages to sound classic.”

 ~Waymon Timbsdale (ROCTOBER MAGAZINE)

“Refreshingly mature songwriting.”

 ~Dave Whiteis (CHICAGO READER)

“What's remarkable is Smillie's focus; not content to play the usual lump-de-lump blues standards all the time, he's smart enough to look to the next plateau and create some standards of his own, something seldom seen in Chicago blues.” 

 ~James Porter (ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER)

 

ROBERT PLANT SEAL OF APPROVAL

Pat Smillie with Robert Plant

 

After the 43rd Street Blues Festival, The Pat Smillie Band played a late-night set at the Checkerboard Lounge. None other than British Rock legend, ROBERT PLANT (of Led Zeppelin) was in the house and a new fan was born.

“WOW MATE!  F*CKING GREAT!