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Independent Songwriter

This website features songwriter Patrick Ames. His music is available on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other music outlets. The newest studio recording is All I Do Is Bleed April 2019;  Affettuosos, April 2018. Like Family released Sept 2017.  Four Faces was released in Feb 2017. 

Patrick transcends generations as a songwriter and performs with a percussive style of guitar work. He plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, typically solo at smaller venues where he can interact with the audience. 

To the trade: The music of Patrick Ames is published by the artist. All rights reserved. BMI.

To CONTACT Patrick: send an email to: patrick at the domainname of this place.

Bloggers, Writers, Editors: See The EPK on this Site.  Follow Patrick on Twitter @patrickames

April 4 2019 : All I Do Is Bleed

Patrick Ames’ newest EP is a small gift of 4 tracks, easy to listen to, and easy to sing along with. From R&B Downtempo, to American Top 40, to Classical Crossover, to Latin Folk/Pop, the new EP affirms Ames’ propensity to travel through music with his stories and emotions.  A prolific songwriter, the sixty-ish songwriter shares the stage with his two vocalists, Chana and Mikaela, and adds an Argentinian guitarist, Paulo Augustin Rzeszut.

Pre-Release March 23, 2019

On Sale April 4, 2019

Affettuosos EP - 2018

The new 5-track EP, "Affectuosos".  Now available, May 2018.

“Over plaintive piano lines and a wonderfully spacious ballad structure Ames weaves a glorious web of vocals, twin leads, sumptuous harmonies, complementary and contrasting ranges and ethereal washes.  Oh Penelope is is nothing short of a workshop on just how much you can do with the voice.” A&R Factory.

"This is an easy way to spend a half hour. Patrick Ames is no stranger to songwriting and this latest EP offers some of his most beautiful and interesting works to date." Rebecca Cullen, StereoStickman

“For my newest project I wanted to slow life down. The past year has been filled with stress and bad politics.  I wanted a soft, warm sound, what I call “hip coffeehouse,” in direct contrast to the barrage of rap, EDM, and hip-hop that is seemingly everywhere.  I returned to one of my songwriting mentors, Antonio Carlos Jobim, for inspiration, and indeed there are warm afternoons, one-finger pianos, soft acoustic guitars, and pervasive percussion." - patrick

Like Family EP

Like Family, EP, 5 tracks, Sept 2017

The newest EP from songwriter Patrick Ames, dedicated to his mother, features the artist on a MIDI guitar synthesizer with Chana & Mikaela Matthews on backup vocals.  The dedication is serious but the music is ruckus, joyous, and always circling the "family."

"I Know What It’s Like, kicks off with a danceable rhythm and classic rock groove. Before the song ends, you’ll know what’s it like to get hooked by a Patrick Ames song." - Joshua Smotherman, Mid-Tennessee Music, December, 2017

"The EP is fantastic, really. – it brings about such great vibes, a feeling of joy and togetherness." - Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman, August, 2017.  "The build up, the ascending notes, the changes, the lyrics featured at each moment – the craftsmanship of it is sublime."


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Four Faces EP

From the gospel-driven political rocker "Reawakened" to the accoustic "This Small Town," this 4-track EP is full of surprises. Ames plays a MIDI guitar synthesizer and his two backup singers come full-throated and in rare form for this 2017 Indie wake up call.

“This Small Town” is ready for the radio in my opinion." - JoeJoe Keys, Indie Music Plus

"Patrick Ames is in a lane all his own. Adapting and using the MIDI guitar synth allows Ames to add a very unique style and flair as he plays non-guitar instruments with his sweet sounding Gibson Hummingbird. With a strong crew of background vocalists thrown into the mix, Four Faces is a refreshing, unique and must-add album to your indie music collection." - Joshua Smotherman, Mid-Tennessee Music

"Ames manages to carefully thread rock, gospel, and R&B together to take his listeners on a complete, albeit condensed, journey. As always, Ames is putting it all out there. As singer, songwriter, producer, and general musical jack of all trades, you are getting 100% of him with every track he puts out. It is a commitment to music that is rare in what has become an industry inundated with prepackaged performers rather than artists who are devoted to their work. With a sound and a style that transcends generations and an unmatched authenticity, Ames continues to be a refreshing addition to the indie scene." -, March 2017

"The vibe is lovely, reflective, comforting, and the music has, as always, this sense of live performance – of now, of being right here in the moment with you, and of being unappologetically real and honest. A unique and entertaining release, well worth a listen." Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman




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Standard Candles LP

Standard Candles features an all new band, horn arrangements, and backup singers in a fabulous digital recording session. Listen in as the veteran singer-songwriter writes and produces his most entertaining set of new standards to date.

"You can compare Ames’ music to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty or whoever, but I hear him as a unique indie artist that is being overlooked by the masses. He’s doing all the right things, NOW! He’s writing, releasing new music and gigging to support that music, including promoting it online. You can be assured that he is going to keep releasing new music so keep your eyes and ears peeled.  He is truly defining his own grassroots, alt folk rock genre focused on great songs driven by feeling and acting on the emotions in his music."  -  JoeJoe Keys, Indie Music Plus 

"Laid back and funky. His best work yet." -Indie Music Prime

"Builds off of the work of Dire Straits, Tom Petty and The Eagles; the inclusion of female vocals provides additional depth to an already engrossing effort." - Neufutur

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Listen in as Ames is in prime form, with a hip eclectic band!  And introducing Chana Matthews, and daughter, Mikaela Matthews, as vocalists and backup singers. Don't Fight the Fit. 



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