"They know everything about Bobby Patterson," he adds. "They know where the record was cut, what musicians were playing on the record. They know things about the music that I don't know." His list of fans also contains Jeff Tweedy and Robert Plant, somebody he met for the first time in Marfa. And, according to Patterson, Plant knew all of his records.

As for what's next, Patterson has an inspirational album — something his mother always wanted him to make — in the works, and he hopes to have it out by Christmas. He hasn't listened to KKDA since he left, but he's open to coming back to radio if the offer's right. For now, he's telling the truth to you personally or from the stage.

Bobby Patterson in action.
Paul Lowry
Bobby Patterson in action.

"When I hit the stage, I put you in a rage. I don't care nothin' about your age. I'm trying to set a pace in this rat race that's why I'm on your case, all in your face. So I don't care how old you are, how young you are, when you come to see me, it's gonna be some toe-tappin' and hand-clappin' and finger-snappin' going on."

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