When you listen to Patrick Nehoda, you hear the voice of a soul who’s wandered many highways, chosen the path of the road less traveled, and has the scars to prove it. Patrick Nehoda’s infatuation with music started at a young age. Growing up, Patrick was heavily influenced by the music and writings of many great musicians and songwriters; Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn....this list is endless.  At a young age Patrick began singing in choir as well as in the car.  By twelve years old the infatuation with guitar began.  Going from thumping out a melody on one string of his father's 12-string to teaching himself Hendrix.   Thus began his love affair with Blues music.  Delta...Chicago....it did not matter.  It spoke to him.  Patrick Nehoda started numerous rock bands (including Tuco & Blondie). But as Patrick’s musical influences began to grow, so did his life. Patrick would work as an EMT and Firrefighter, a courageous family tagged with the responsibility of bravery and courage. With life and death staring him in the face on a daily basis, Patrick Nehoda realized he had a more personal story to share.

When you listen for the voice of the next generation, a generation old enough to have lived in the Cold War, yet still too young to hold the highest office in the land; and you listen closely, the voice you hear will sound very much like Patrick Nehoda.

                                                            -Steve Roche

 

Photography courtesy of Cleo Marta Barnett