Patrick Craven (Pat) Green (born April 5, 1972 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American country music artist. Active since 1995, he has recorded a total of ten studio albums, including several independent works, three for Republic Records and two for BNA. Fifteen of his singles have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which the highest-peaking is the #3 "Wave on Wave" from his gold-certified album of the same name.
Green's father was a former Air Force officer and stage actor who influenced his son's love of music. After high school, Green attended Texas Tech University. Green started his music career as an 18 year old at Texas Tech playing small gigs at bars and clubs around Lubbock. In 1995, Green independently recorded and released a series of albums produced by Lloyd Maines. Green drew the attention of Willie Nelson and joined a tour featuring Nelson and several other famous country musicians. Green's appearance at the 1998 Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic was his first step towards nationwide recognition, and he was soon playing sold out shows in Texas. Green was sponsored by Miller Lite and sold more than 250,000 albums, even without signing a major label recording contract.
Green's first major-label recorded album, Three Days was released in 2001. "Wave on Wave" was released in 2003, with the title track reaching as high as 3 on the charts. In late 2004 "Lucky Ones" was Green's 3rd and final CD release on the Universal/Republic label. After spending many years playing to young audiences in college towns across America, Green joined popular country music artists including Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney on major tours.
Green released his album Cannonball in 2006. Later that year, he toured with labelmate Kenny Chesney. In February 2008, Green released a coffee table book containing photos of dance halls that he had frequented throughout his career entitled "Pat Green's Dance Halls & Dreamers". The book includes locations such a Gruene Hall, Luckenbach and Floore's Country Store as well as interviews with Texas musicians Willie Nelson, Jack Ingram, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Robert Earl Keen.
In 2008, Green released "Let Me", as the first single from his album What I'm For. The single reached 12 on the country charts, giving Green his first Top 20 single since "Feels Just Like It Should" reached #13 in 2006. Initially, "Country Star" was released as the second single, but it was withdrawn shortly after the title track ("What I'm For") began receiving airplay. "Country Star" peaked at 32, and "What I'm For" peaked at 28 on the country charts in July 2009. Green parted ways with BNA shortly after this.
Green started out releasing "Texas Country" music with songs such as "I Like Texas" and "Southbound 35." His career has taken a significant turn since the release of his major label albums and big act tours. Now striving for more mainstream pop country stardom, Green continues to climb the Nashville charts and build a national fan base as he smooths out his sound with contemporary country releases.