I wasn’t there in the early coffee house days of the likes of John Prine or Guy Clark but I did recently stumble across Abe Partridge and felt the same excitement of discovering a true American original. Rough hewn out of the earthy heart and soul of the South his songs are incisive, funny/sad and best of all, despite the greats I’ve mentioned beyond comparison, remain unique to just him.

- KEITH GLASS, owner - Mobile Records, music writer / producer / performer

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“Our Babies Will Never Grow Up To Be Astronauts,” Abe Partridge 

Partner the drunken musings of Tom Waits with John Prine’s dark humor and a South Alabamian‘s world view and you’ve got the music of Mobile-based country singer Abe Partridge. At first, “Our Babies Will Never Grow Up To Be Astronauts” just checks off the first two boxes, with Partridge sounding like a haggard barfly with an affinity for Prine’s “Space Monkey.” Yet as the narrator places astronauts at the peak of career success and parental distress, a possible and logical meaning for this song becomes clear. Since opening its doors in 1960, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville has been a dream job for Alabama residents hoping their smart and successful kids wouldn’t move too far away from home. In short, Junior may be Southern by the grace of God, but he’ll never make that NASA money. 

Blue Ridge Outdoors: New Artist Alert - Abe Partridge 

New Artist Alert: Abe Partridge

Fans of John Prine will appreciate the sharp storytelling of Abe Partridge—an emerging Alabama folk singer with a knack for spinning gritty gothic tales and a rich gravelly voice akin to Tom Waits. 

Background: At 37, Partridge has already lived quite an interesting life. He moved to Kentucky in his 20s and studied to be an evangelical minister. When the calling faded he joined the Air Force and served in Qatar. After returning home to Alabama, he started indulging the urge to share some of his experiences in song, blending a mix of influences that range from grunge to blues masters like Son House. A performance at the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout led to Nashville connections and the recording of his first record, White Trash Lipstick, which came out in 2016. Partridge’s second record, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days, was released in January. 

Key Tracks: “Ride Willie Ride” is a mellow twangy rumination about past mistakes that pays tribute to another one of Partridge’s influences, Willie Nelson. The distorted “I Wish I was a Punk Rocker” comes more from the Jack White side of the roots spectrum, as Partridge delivers a hillbilly-garage stomper about feeling like a misfit.

 

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Abe Partridge
has opened for established artists such as
JIMBO MATHUS, MALCOLM HOLCOMBE, T-BONE PRUITT, CHUCK MEAD, and CALEB CAUDLE

Publicity/Radio:Michelle Roche Media Relations
email: michelle@michelleroche.com
phone: 706-353-3244
 
 
Record Label:
Skate Mountain Records
PO Box 1607
Point Clear, AL 36564
email: info@skatemountain.com

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