Roots. Americana. Songs.
Loping ballads, folk duets, raucous country, galloping rhythm and blues, rock 'n roll.
PATINA is a Portland, Oregon based Americana band founded in 2006.
Sam needed a housemate; Bret needed a house. Ten years later Patina is still going. The two started writing music in the living room. Sam's sister Sarah sang along. That summer they played the first show in an old church in an Oregon ghost town. From there the band grew to a four piece acoustic act of guitars, dobro, mandolin and bass (Darvey Santner, Mateo Bevington), but Sarah moved away. Then came drums (Josh Taylor) and amplifiers and an album ("Sugar for the Salty Seas"). We lost the dobro and mandolin in 2010, but added keys (Jon Alexander) and steady bass (first Drew Sottile, now John Mackay). For a little while we snuck in some lap steel (Jeremy Bruno). Sarah moved back and her voice balanced the sound. They recorded for three years and put out album #2 ("Arms Over Arms") in 2016.
Now they play, they write, they talk, they perform, and are hard at work on album #3, targeting a late 2019 release.
Current members: Bret Agins (lead guitar), Jon Alexander (keys), Sam Hopkins (guitar/vocals), Sarah Hopkins (vocals), John MacKay (bass), Josh Taylor (drums).