This website features songwriter Patrick Ames. His music is available on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and your favorite  music outlets. The newest studio recording will be The Virtualistics (due June 2021);  with the others being Liveness (April 2020), All I Do Is Bleed April 2019;  Affettuosos, April 2018. Like Family released Sept 2017.  Four Faces was released in Feb 2017, and Standard Candles in 2016.

Patrick transcends generations as a songwriter and performs with a percussive style of guitar work and a DIY recording style that accents the recording as another instrument.  He plays in the San Francisco Bay Area erratically, typically at smaller venues where he can interact with the audience. 

Read Patrick's book in the making, "Life in the Vineyard" on  It's free, there's no sign up, and you can get updates autommatically. It's a year's journal in Napa Valley that criss-crosses the Pandemic and multiple fires:

To the trade: The music of Patrick Ames is published by the artist. All rights reserved. BMI.  To CONTACT Patrick: send an email to: patrick at the domainname of this place.  Bloggers, Writers, Editors: See The EPK on this Site.  Follow Patrick on Twitter @patrickames


Feb 11, 2021   

NEW Single!  “Rubber & Glue”   

Produced by Jon Ireson   

It's retro February and back we go to Motown with Rubber & Glue.  It's a classic rendition of a Motown knockoff sure to have you singing by the 16th bar. Patrick, Jon, Chana, & Mikaela bring it home.


Nov 17, 2020  

NEW Single!  “Second Wave”  

Produced by Jon Ireson  

Straight ahead rock trio with singers. It doesn't get any more basic yet fulfilling, somehow.  Here, Second Wave demands such transparency as it tackles the lies and rumors about the Virus. Chana and Mikaela sing their hearts out and the song features Jon on bass and as producer.


Oct 06, 2020 

NEW Single!  “Essential Workers” 

Produced by Jon Ireson 

Big, bold, a new sound and tempo. Wow! The whole concept of what is essential is under review here, and I wanted a song that mashed up the elements, the verses, the vocals, with lyrics like streaks of tear gas: It spurts, it starts, it mashes acoustic with rave, it's wild and filled with today's Pandemic life and scenes we immediately recognize. It's also a modern recruitment sign-up song. 


August 26, 2020

NEW Single!  “You Make Me Scream”

Produced by Jon Ireson

“You Make Me Scream”  is pretty good dance music thanks to the Production of Jon Ireson. After a year writing serious songs and protest songs about our country and the politics, and experimenting around on the edge of folk and other genres, I just want to dance. And in the middle of the Pandemic, after months of quarantines and isolation, I just want to dance.  Enjoy. Dance. #Vote.


June 19 2020

New Single!  “Reawakened 2020” 
Remixed and Remastered by Jon Ireson, Producer  

New energy and new mastering is given to the classic political song of the Trump era. Jon Ireson has taken Ames' rockhouse gospel and amped it up, just a little bit, for the upcoming 2020 elections. TURN this one up and see if your heart isn't beating a little faster by the ending salvo. It's a reminder to vote! #AreYouRewoke? 

New APRIL 2020

Live from the Vineyard Videos

Haven't left the vineyard music studio in weeks now, in quarantine and sheltering in place.  These live videos are my daily recordings against the pandemic and also for some sanity.  May they enliven your sheltering.




Liveness - 04/04/2020

On Liveness, Ames uses DIY recording techniques and  live mics to move as close as you can to the process of songwriting."  He builds   musical spaces and inhabits them with compound lyrics. These are stories of life with lots of social commentary. It's all fresh, alive, and vibrant, with enough soul to want to listen to again.  6 Tracks..

“Liveness’ opens with ‘Bang Bang Bang,’ driven by hints of gospel, it advocates for the ending of gun violence through blazing vocal harmonies. Ames preaches for peace." - Karen Benardello, Shock'Ya

"It's apparent his influence is the great jazz and great grandfather of rap, Gil Scott-Heron." Musik Beat Magazine

"Liveness" delivers cool soundscapes with infectious rhythms, as well as sleek visceral colors, and the inimitable deluxe voice of Patrick Ames."

“The thing is, dude has some beats that slump along almost by themselves, such as on “Want to Believe” — that bass pounds on the fattest track of the year so far, regardless of the genre.” Deuce

Sound Engineer's Notes (Jon Ireson)   "Patrick's ethos for the Liveness album was to convey the energy of live performance so, from a mixing standpoint, we sought to leave in all the quirks and personality, particularly of the acoustic guitar. Strings twang and squeak, voices strain and break but it all works together to make for a more soulful record. Patrick is weaving together several different styles on this album, from bossa nova to slow jam to Gil-Scott Heron-inspired funk. The trick was to find that through-line to tie it all together and in the end, it was that “liveness”, that raw authenticity, that makes it feel like a cohesive record."

Composer and writer Patrick Ames continues to evolve his lyrically potent signature cocktail of junkyard blues on the riveting new single “Rubber & Glue.”  

Listen here to Rubber & Glue >>>>>>>