Biography

Although he's never had a lesson in his life, Pat Chase says he first started learning to play guitar at age ten when his older brother got a guitar. Pat explains, "He took lessons, then he'd come home and show me what he learned. The only problem was that I'm left handed. I didn't know the difference...no one told me it was backwards...so I learned to play a right handed guitar upside down. His father bought him his own guitar soon after, and he practiced hard, developing his gift early. It seems the guitar allowed Pat to show another kind of strength, as the youngest in his family of four boys.

 

Young Chase grew up right in the heart of the Bay Area (San Jose), in the sixties and seventies when the blues was experiencing a huge explosion, putting him in the front row of live shows at the Filmore West and The Boarding House which regularly featured Albert King, Otis Rush, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza, Ron Thompson, Robben Ford and others.

 

Pat's exposure to music began with his father, he credits the time he spent in the Navy, stationed in North Chicago, for helping him to discover the international popularity of the blues. Since then, Pat has backed up, and in some cases toured with, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Brownie McGhee, Charles Brown, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Lowell Fulson, Luther Tucker, Pee Wee Crayton, Phillip Walker & George "Harmonica" Smith, Rod Piazza, and Smoky Wilson. He has been a member of The William Clark Band, Ron Thompson & the Resistors, and Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors.

 

After a lot of jammin' and a little luck, Pat found himself playing with many legendary blues figures. Thanks to a referral from Ron Thompson, and a guitarist who needed a vacation, Pat also spent six months with Sunnyland Slim (pianist for Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, King Curtis) and his band, which featured the father of modern Chicago blues harmonica, Big Walter Horton. Chase reflects, "Here I was, only 24, playing with all these Chicago blues legends. We also jammed with Homesick James, Little Brother Montgomery and Big Time Sarah among others. It was a great experience."

 

After more than a decade of playing in his own band with some of the Northwest's best players, Pat "Guitar Slim" Chase released his first CD of blues, instrumentals, r&b and a little rock 'n roll entitled, "Dedicated," (dedicated to his father). This debut recording, won the Northwest Area Music Association award for Best Blues Recording, in 1991. It received extensive airplay on KMTT, KPLU, KXRX, KCMU, KBCS and other area blues programming, as well as local television and print reviews. This increased media attention has enabled Guitar Slim to play more varied gigs for arts organizations, festivals and other events.

 

In 1995, Guitar Slim released his second CD "Definitely Live" - recorded live in Seattle. It received even more extensive air play than his first CD and more great reviews. Pat Chase has established his own regional identity as "Guitar Slim", now living in New Mexico. In July 2008, Pat released "Rewinding Old Memories".