Some might say the four-piece JB and the Moonshine Band was born the day JB Patterson looked up to see that
only three musicians had shown up at his open- call audition in his Tyler, Texas hometown. Fortunately, Gabe
Guevara (drums), Hayden McMullen (lead guitar) and Chris Flores (bass guitar) turned out to be the right three
and, after a brief musical and personal get-to-know-you session, everyone realized the stars had aligned to bring
But if you ask JB when the band really started, he’ll reflect back to a time rooted less in music and more in his
“My three-year-old son, Parker, is the reason this band exists,” he explains. “Because when I learned I was going to
be a father, I knew I wanted to be able to tell him he can be whatever he wants to be as long as he sets his mind
to it and works hard. But I realized there was something I had wanted to do that I never had the guts to try—
being a singer/songwriter. And I thought to myself, if I’m ever gonna tell my kid that he can be whatever he wants
to be, then I’d better at least give this a shot. Thankfully, it has worked out. But, succeed or fail, you’ve gotta try.”
Since taking the plunge into the music business, JB and the guys have seen enough success for JB to realize he’s
already accomplished his first set of goals. In just over three years, JB has written a couple of tunes that wound up
atop the Billboard Texas music charts and he and the band have recorded and released two acclaimed albums—
Ain’t Goin’ Back to Jail and Beer for Breakfast on the Average Joes Entertainment label. They’ve also been pounding
the road playing shows all over the country.
While the band has achieved great success in Texas and is beginning
to see it blossom in other parts of the country, JB knows he has to
be careful not to forsake what’s made them popular in their home
state in order to gain fans elsewhere.
The combination of the band’s great chemistry and JB’s excellent
songwriting gives these East Texas boys instant credibility wherever
they play. Whether cranking out no-holds-barred honky-tonk
drinking tunes or throttling back to sing about matters of the
heart, JB and the Moonshine Band tunes have the ring of truth.
Need proof? Hear JB’s lyrical take on the perfect hangover cure
from the title cut of Beer for Breakfast, while on the other end of the
spectrum, “The Only Drug,” also from Breakfast, has plenty of
romance, with just a touch of that trademark JB grit.
“We did a show recently and a bunch of people were all up at the stage and singing our songs—even songs
that have never even thought about being singles. There’s no better feeling on stage than to look out at a sea
of people singing a song that you wrote. That’s just the ultimate to me. And I’m fortunate and blessed to be
able to experience that."