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"When you are young, you feel as if you have all the time in the world to pursue your hopes and dreams. But as you get older, you wonder where the time went and amazed at how fast it seemed to have flown by. Then & Now is about life. It is about all the music left behind, but not forgotten. It is about finishing something that was left undone". (Patrick Sassone)
"Then & Now" is Patrick's first Country album. He has released numerous Blues albums in the past, but realized it was about time he recorded some of the other material he has written over the years. The Country genre is a good fit for many of his songs and there will certainly be more Country albums to come.
All instruments and vocals were done by Patrick. He wrote all of the material. Barbara Sassone co-wrote "Just a Man". Patrick and Barbara are co-producers.
Album is self published by Patrick and Barbara Sassone (Coyote Productions). All songs are registered with BMI.
Patrick Sassone is an international recording artist and actor whose music has been heard in over seventy countries. He has a worldwide fan base and is a writer affiliate with B.M.I.
He began his career at the age of five with the accordion and taught himself to play the guitar in his early teens. Patrick's first group was called Patrick and The Shamrocks that consisted of two cousins, a schoolmate and himself. They recorded a 45 for Orlyn Records called "Yes, That's What I'm Gonna Do" and were chosen as an opening act for Country great Billy Walker. This group disbanded within two years. He had the privilege to meet Leonard and Phil Chess of Chess Records, who had taken an interest in his talent. The direction and guidance they gave him has stayed with him his whole life. At the time, Patrick was the guitar player and songwriter for a group called “Society’s Children”. The following year they had a regional hit with their record “Mister Genie Man” which is still available today. A couple of years later, Patrick was introduced to Curtis Mayfield at Mayfield’s personal recording studio outside of Chicago. The insight Curtis gave him, as well as the kindness and professionalism he showed, made a life long impression.
Patrick continued to write and perform as a solo artist in the Rock, Country and Blues genres which eventually led him back to his Chicago roots. To quote this artist, “music sets my soul free, to hope, to dream, to just be me“!