Pat Simmons Jr.
Along with being a surfer, farmer, father & Cancer survivor, Pat Simmons Jr. is an island-style folk singer from Maui. His music blends American folk-rock, country, blues, and reggae, with a traditional Hawaiian sound from his island upbringing. Recently joined by Nor-Cal locals, Sam & Adam Frey (on bass & drums), the trio opens up room for Pat’s tasteful electric guitar playing. With solid acoustic rhythm guitar, ‘Ukulele, and soulful vocals, Pat’s warm sound expresses simple messages of environmental and spiritual revolution.
Pat’s debut 2017 album release is entitled “This Mountain”. Nominated for 2 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (2018): E.P. of the Year & Most Promising Artist. This Mountain is a folk-rock island blend, featuring award winning Hawaiian artist Keali’i Reichel, as well as local Hawaiian bluesman Willie K. Pat’s father, founding member of The Doobie Brothers, co-produced the E.P. on Maui. All original songs written & performed by Pat Simmons Jr; featured guest artists include: Elvin Bishop, Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt’s Bass Player) John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Bill Payne (Little Feat) and John Cowan (New Grass Revival).
Pat was born on the Northern California coast in 1990, but was raised from age 6 on the north-shore of Maui, Hawai’i; a life full of organic farming, surfing, exploring the country, and playing Hawaiian music. He also grew up on tour with his father’s band, The Doobie Brothers, always joining his dad on stage since he could walk. Pat’s music career began as a teen, when he first began opening as a solo act for The Doobie Brothers. Pat has shared the stage with many artists over the years, including Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Jack Johnson, Mike Love, The Wailers, Chicago, Gregg Allman, Don Felder of the Eagles, and most recently Steve Earle, Dave Mason, Trevor Hall & John Cowan of New Grass Revival.
When he’s not performing multiple shows a week on Maui, or traveling on tour, Pat lives on the family farm with his wife and child, homesteading, and running a small-scale organic farm/reforestation project. He uses music as a tool for activism and education concerning environmental/ocean health, cancer awareness, Hawaiian culture and ecologically conscious living. Walking his talk on and off the stage, he carries the message and values of Aloha ‘Āina (Love for the land). He has lived & farmed on the same land for over 20 years & feels the responsibility to practice and perpetuate traditional Hawaiian values and knowledge of his geographic area, as a guest and steward of the ‘āina. Pat is part of a culturally diverse community of islanders who care for the environment through simple living & eating well from the abundance of the land. A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Pat earned a degree in Ecology in 2012, with a focus on Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture. In the fall of 2013, at the age of 23, Pat was diagnosed with testicular cancer and endured three months of chemotherapy treatment. It was a tough time, but he came through it with grace and lots of support from family, friends and great natural care with organic food and herbal medicine to rehabilitate his body. He has been cancer free for nearly 5 years and surfs everyday.