Pat O'Brien

 

 

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Patís musical influences began with the British invasion led by The Beatles, and such influences led Pat to begin playing guitar at the age of 10.  But it wasnít just these acts that inspired Pat.  Other acts, including harmony-driven bands like the Beach Boys, Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac also intrigued Pat as did singer-songwriters such as Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and James Taylor.  As a result, Pat continued to refine his talent as a guitarist as well as a singer.

It was in 1988 that Pat decided to offer his talents to the Richmond music scene, and it wasnít long (1990) before he joined the popular, Richmond-based band, Sketch, with whom he spent nearly ten years.  During the final year of Sketchís long run, Pat, along with Jim White and Jane Cooper, formed The Wrest in an attempt to form a group that showcased harmony, and they were an immediate hit.   

Pat admits he loves playing with the band, but he also enjoys playing solo shows that provide a more intimate environment.  (W)rest assured, whether solo or with the band, Patís passion for music and love of the stage is easily recognizable at one of his shows.  He is nothing short of spectacular!

Birth Date: October 27, 1958

History: Born in Arlington, Virginia. Moved to Richmond in 1985 and opened Fishy Business, an aquarium store. Sold store in 1990. Playing music ever since.

Stage Duties: Guitar, Vocals

Status: Married

Hobbies: Audio-Video, Home Recording, Computing, Racquetball, Snow Skiing, Camping, Travel, Cooking, Landscaping

Musical Influences: Beatles, Beach Boys, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens

Favorite Authors: Michael Crichton, John Grisham

Favorite Movies: The Sting, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Tombstone

Favorite Magazines: Rolling Stone, Recording, and P.C. World

Favorite TV Shows: Whose Line is it Anyway?, Friends, Any news program

Favorite Site(s): NFL.com; Lyrics Server; Musician's Friend

The Good: My home, my pooch (Hooperman), smiles

The Bad: Bills, broken guitar strings, blank stares

The Ugly: Pettiness, frowns

Special Thanks: My family and friends, Jim and Jane, Sketch, Bruce Gober, Jackie O., Bunk and Anita, and all of you who come out and support us.

 

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