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The Lights Still Go On For Pat Travers

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been nearly 20 years since Pat Travers commercial heyday with hard-rocking hit such as “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)” and “Snortin’ Whiskey.” But the Toronto-born guitarist is still playing — and, he says, probably won’t ever stop.

“This is what I do, and it’s what I enjoy,” Travers says. “I’m good at it. I think I’ve gotten better. And I’m pretty sure that regardless of whether or not it’s the way I can support myself and my family, I’d still be doing it.”

These days, however, Travers — who was inspired by seeing Jimi Hendrix play when he was 12 — says he’s “making a conscious effort to slip into a much bluesier mode. I’m playing a lot of slide guitar now, and I really enjoy that.

“I can just be a little more dignified playing that kind of music when I’m in my 60s and 70s, I think.”

Travers’ past still ensures an audience, however. “Snortin’ Whiskey,” for instance, appeared in the critically acclaimed film “Sideways” — much to Travers’ delight and surprise.

“I don’t really own the song,” says Travers, who resides near Orlando, Fla., with his wife and two children. “It was my old publishing company deal I signed way in 1976.

“But, yeah, I’m amazed that stuff I recorded 25, 30 years ago is still appreciated and still shows up here and there and in movies. I got whole new demographic at my shows now who hear the music through that, and it makes sure I can keep playing.”

Pat Travers, Gary Hoey and Soul Circus perform Sunday (July 15th) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, with $50 for VIP. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.emeraldtheatre.com

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