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Sweet Memories

by Pat Hamilton

A wonderful mix of folk and country; Hamilton's songs and pure voice move the heart with haunting melodies, then lighten it with a sassy sense of lyrical humor.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everybody Says (Pat Hamilton)
4:02 album only
2. Sweet Memories (Pat Hamilton)
3:13 album only
3. Little Boy Blue (Pat Hamilton)
4:27 album only
4. I Fall to Pieces (Cochran & Howard)
3:54 album only
5. Angel From Montgomery (John Prine)
4:50 album only
6. He Sits Alone (Pat Hamilton)
3:52 album only
7. Crazy (Willie Nelson)
4:51 album only
8. Ain't It A Cryin' Shame (Pat Hamilton)
3:23 album only
9. Waves of Sorrow (Pat Hamilton)
4:52 album only
10. Someday Soon (Ian Tyson)
3:48 album only
11. Pothole Picker (Pat Hamilton)
3:29 album only
12. Mariah (Lerner & Lowe)
3:00 album only
13. Amazing Grace (Newton)
3:17 album only


Album Notes
"........among an arsenal of traditional instruments such as pedal steel
guitar, mandolin and fiddle, the most remarkable instrument of all on
the new work ("Sweet Memories") is Hamilton's voice. If you've ever
heard her sing around town, you know what I'm talking about. It's a
voice of remarkable sweetness, drawn from the same well that produced
the likes of Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and Patsy Cline." (Jim
Schnebly, Vail Trail Scene Magazine)


Pat Hamilton is a singer-songwriter-guitarist, living in the Rocky Mountains near Vail,
Colorado, with her husband David and her daughter Hilary. She was born and raised in a
small town in northwestern Minnesota, in the Red River Valley. She began singing at the top
of her lungs while sailing through the air upon her swing, wrote her first song in first grade,
and formed her first singing trio the same year, giving a unique performance of an Elvis
Presley song to the second graders. In high school, she bought her first guitar, and after few
instructions from a friend who played in a local band, she began playing, singing and
composing folk-oriented songs.
Pat attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she majored in English
and French, and sang and entertained on an informal basis, solo as well as in a female duo.
After she graduated, she taught school in Minnesota, then moved to Colorado and worked as
a reporter. Her music remained a hobby until she moved to Vail, Colorado and began
performing in its bars, restaurants and lodges to earn her living.
In 1989, Pat made her first album, a Christmas album of familiar and not so familiar songs
entitled "Christmas in Vail, with Pat Hamilton and Peter Vavra". The album features an
original song by Hamilton, "The Christmas Infant", a new Christmas classic which has become
a Vail favorite.
The birth of her daughter, Hilary, inspired Pat to compose children's songs, which led to
her second album, "Lullabyes and Other Songs", a gentle collection of original and cover
songs loved by children and adults alike. This album has become a favorite in preschools
across the country and was selected as the children's album of the summer by the Tattered
Cover Bookstore in Denver. Pat has given numerous children's concerts throughout the Vail
Valley and in Denver, singing songs from her album to her youngest fans.
In 1991, Hamilton put together "Pat Hamilton, Pure and Simple", a very personal, moving
collection of her original folk songs. One of the album's outstanding songs, "Lost in Time", is
dedicated to Pat's father and follows her childhood memories of him, entwined with an
account of his battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Pat's fourth album "Sweet Memories" is a country folk album comprised of originals as
well as covers of Patsy Cline, John Prine, and others. Her originals shine on this album and
range from the poignant "Little Boy Blue" about a child living within an abusive family
situation, to the feisty "Everybody Says", a comeback to Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your
Each Christmas, Pat gives a Christmas Concert benefit for the Salvation Army, raising
more than $60,000 over the past several years. This standing -room-only event inspired her to
write several new Christmas songs and led to her fifth album, You Are My Christmas. Again,
her originals are the standouts on this CD, ranging from romantic to gospel to Celtic to soft
Pat performs in Vail at the Vail Cascade Hotel and Spa, other bars and lounges in the area,
and for weddings and private functions. Within the valley she has opened shows for Doc
Watson, Lyle Lovett , Commander Cody, and The Dixie Chicks. For two years she organized
and performed at a Women's Folk Concert, a benefit for the Women's Resource Center for
abused women and children. When she's not performing or composing, Pat spends her time
gardening, hiking, and practicing yoga. She can be reached at, and at



to write a review

Alan H Stankiewicz

One of the best female singers ever !!
Great to listen to over and over and over again

Craig Arness

Country Standards and Originals with Flair
I've collected most of Pat Hamilton's CD's, but "Sweet Memories" is my favorite. Her other releases are mainly in a folk or pop genre, but this one is mostly straight country swing. These renditions of classics like "Crazy," "Amazing Grace," and "Mariah" are as elegant and emotive as one can find anywhere. "Amazing Grace" is reminiscent of Joan Baez's classic intepretation, but Hamilton arguably sings with a rounder, more mellow tone and even more power than Baez. What particularly distinguishes this CD, however, is the melodic and lyrical inventiveness of Hamilton's own compositions. "Everybody Says" is a perfect riposte to Tammy Wynette's perversely inspid "Stand by Your Man." Hamilton's refrain is: "You don't have to stand by your man unless he stands by you, too." Another powerful track is "Little Boy Blue," which juxtaposes the innocent nursery rhyme with a dark story of family strife. Songs of this caliber deserve wider performance and distribution. "Pothole Picker" is a funny lyric that reminds one of the cadence of the gospel ditty "Drop Kick Me Jesus through the Goalposts of Life." The CD is adroitly recorded and mixed with a solid country band backup, though Track 10, "Someday Soon," was not mixed quite as masterfully as the other tracks. Hamilton's own guitar work is especially prominent and agile in Track 9, "Waves of Sorrow."

Sten Nykvist

Great music with a warm mountain spirit.
I grow up listening to the music of the Kingston Trio and the folkrevival in the sixties and it was a pleasent surprise to me when first heard Pat Hamiltons, Sweet Memories. It´s not easy to do, They called the wind Mariah, and get away with it. But Pat Hamilton does it with an honour. I´ve heard to many falling to the ground walking that thin line. The same goes for Ian Tysons, Someday day soon. It couldn´t really believe it when i first heard it. My first thought was, not another one, but she puts out one the best versions I´ve heard. A couple of month ago I was visiting a local bluegrass festival in Sweden and there was a lineup with two girls and a bassplayer. The were doing songs by John Prine and Eva Cassidy. The had the same touch as Pat Hamilton, with the soulfull bassdrum and they also did Angel from Montgomery, but Pat Hamilton is on a different level, so much better. But the song brought back Sweet Memories to me. Usally when you hear this mixture of standard songs and own compositions, there is a gap between the two fields and the album takes away into different directions. Sweet Memories makes a nice homogeneous unit and I specially like the own material, He sits alone and Ain´t it a cryin shame. At the writing moment I can´t think of anything negative to say about the album, so I leave it here and I´m looking forward to hear Pat Hamilton on a coming release, doing John Prines, Speed of sound of loneliness and John Stewarts, Chilly winds. She probably get away with that to.

Best wishes, Sten Nykvist