Someone once said 'Hardening of the categories leads to art disease,' and that could well serve as the motto for San Francisco-based Pat Burtis and The Pat Burtis Band. Unencumbered by notions of 'rock and roll,' 'folk,' or 'pop,' Pat's combination of finely-crafted lyrics, innovative musical structures, and blistering jams helped him build an enthusiastic following during his four years on the Boston music scene. Now relocated to California, Burtis' powerful songwriting and explosive guitar style have drawn comparisons to Michael Hedges, Dave Matthews, Jeff Beck, and John Mayer. Says George Graham of WVIA 89.9fm (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA), 'Pat Burtis... is not only a first-rate singer-songwriter-lyricist, but also a versatile guitarist and composer ...who breaks out of the singer-songwriter stereotype.' Says the Boston Herald, 'Power-packed... a gifted arranger, cagey melodist, and potent guitarist.' And Metronome Magazine says, 'Clarify is a prime candidate for a Boston Music Award and more!' A native of Vermont, graduate of Dartmouth College, a former ski instructor, writer, editor, and yuppie who left it all to behind to play music, Pat brings a unique perspective to his songwriting. Now living in San Francisco, Burtis performs more than 100 gigs per year both solo and as the leader of the electrified Pat Burtis Band. The PBB was a showcase artist at the 2000 and 2001 NEMO conferences in Boston and was also picked as one of only five New England bands to compete in the national 2000 Jim Beam Rock Band Search. Pat and his band have opened for or shared bills with a number of national acts, including Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman, Rickie Lee Jones, Bruce Cockburn, Arlo Guthrie, Jonatha Brooke, Mike Love (of the Beach Boys), Shawn Colvin, Cheryl Wheeler, Jess Klein, Deb Pasternak, Hypnotic Clambake, Ball in the House, and many others. The new album 'Clarify,' co-produced by Pat Burtis and Huck Bennert, and featuring former Acoustic Junction drummer Matt Coconis, was released in April '02. With some excellent supporting musicians, including percussionist Eguie Castrillo (Jennifer Lopez, Tito Puente, Steve Winwood) and keyboardist Dave Limina (Chuck Berry, BB King, The Courage Borthers), Clarify grooves harder than most singer/songwriter releases. Pat's October '99 release 'Radium Girls' received critical acclaim and airplay on over 60 radio stations nationwide, including The River WXRV 92.5fm (Haverhill, MA). WVIA (Scranton, PA) honored Radium Girls as it's 1999 Most Impressive Singer/Songwriter Debut.