Parshall / Live Music: Musician returns home to take the stage |

Parshall / Live Music: Musician returns home to take the stage

While in Grand County for a family reunion, musician Patrick Kratzer will be putting on a free show at the Parshall Inn. The show will be the first time Grand County audiences hear the up-and-coming musician, as well as a first for several of his family members.

The young guitarist, singer and songwriter will be visiting from his home in Pueblo. His repertoire includes rock, country, alternative rock and pop music and his work has been compared to that of John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Live and Collective Soul. Influences includ Led Zeppelin, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Caroline’s Spine.

He grew up in southern California and was touched musically at an early age. He has “been touching others with his music” since about age 12, when he picked up his first guitar and started writing songs. His original song “No More” was entered into VH1’s national song of the year contest and was selected as one of the top five finalists in 2004. Kratzer continued to hone his talents and at about age 18 he began participating in open mic nights for the Pueblo Songwriters and Musicians Association.

Through the group, he started getting booked to play at places like the Pepsi Stage at the Colorado State Fair and the Pueblo Chile and Frijole Festival. He’s also been asked on several occasions to open for local bands, and more than once has had seasoned music professionals ask to join him during his shows.

His first CD, “Out of Place,” was released in October 2005, consisting of four radio-ready EP songs recorded in Rye at Wingbourne Studios. From then on, he emerged onto the nightclub scene and turned a couple of nights a month into regular weekly gigs.

When he started playing in public, he had about 10 covers and 15 originals. Today, that list has grown to include about 115 covers and 30 originals.

“I like it when I write a new song. Sometimes, I don’t tell anyone about it and just play it and see if it’s good. Writing the song is when I am most excited. It is cool to see it come together,” Kratzer said. “I don’t want to be like everyone else. I like listening to others, but I want to make my own contributions to music.”

Covers span many decades and genres and several fans have pointed out how his versions “are head and shoulders above” the original artists’ work.

“Patrick’s ear for music and ability to play and sing what he hears has enabled him to adapt very well to the demands of the unpredictable bar crowd,” said Rick Krazter, Patrick’s dad and manager.

His vocals break a song down to its basic emotions and then he projects those emotions to his audience.

“And his self-taught guitar prowess, well, let’s just say, based on the number of compliments from fellow musicians, he must be doing something right,” Rick said. “Yeah, he’s touching people, bar patrons, contemporaries, even industry professionals.”

Rick said, because of Patrick’s talents and abilities, and the way that he carries himself and deals with the public, “he continually garners the admiration of incredibly generous and influential people. The people he touches truly believe he has all the qualities necessary to take him to some very hallowed places atop the music business.”

Besides wanting “to take the biggest bite he possibly can out of the music industry,” Rick said Patrick would also like to learn more about the recording side of the business and “maybe even set up his own studio someday.”

He’s also been working with another drummer in hopes of forming a band.

Until then, Rick said his son just plans to “keep riding the ride, keep paying his dues, get back in the studio to record a full-length CD of originals. It’s what he was born to do.”

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