Patrick Dethlefs

(Pronounced “Det-Lefs”)

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Patrick Dethlefs now makes his home in Kittredge, Colorado. He first picked up the guitar at the age of 12 after some inspiration from his father and a little push from a neighbor. He began to learn styles such as rock, punk, and jam music, and on and on it goes. Then around the age of 15, he began writing his own songs. He remembers people saying, “Let’s learn this song,” but he always loved coming up with his own. That eventually paid off; Patrick was awarded The Best Teen Songwriter Award at Swallow Hill in Denver, Colorado in 2009. He also won Best Song as well as Best Performance. Quickly after, Dethlefs released his debut album, Stays the Same, which displays original songs as well as a few traditional tunes.

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Patrick Dethlefs - Stays the Same
Long Spoon
By Jason Heller Thursday, May 27 2010
It doesn’t get any more literal than writing a song about the moon and titling it “The Moon.” Patrick Dethlefs does exactly that on his debut CD, Stays the Same, and the unswerving earnestness of that track isn’t a fluke. The Kittredge-based teenage singer-songwriter uses his warm, homespun voice and acoustic strumming to communicate unflinchingly about loneliness, the thorniness of romance and the death of his father — but it doesn’t dwell so much as it celebrates. And thanks to the backing of a broad range of harmony vocals and instruments — including banjo and production by local folk explorer Laura Goldhamer — there’s a richness that augments Dethlefs’s elemental, open-as-the-sky songs. When Dethlefs misses his home, he sings, “I miss my home.” That simple. That pure. In that sense, the title of the disc itself is as literal as any of the songs on it: Stays the Same is a reaffirmation of the long tradition of the heart-on-sleeve folk confessional. And as such, it shines.

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