Pat Alger

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Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Pat Alger, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Songwriter, Gatlinburg, TNWith well over 20 hits to his credit, including eight #1 hits and having played venues all over the world, including a year long tour as opening act for the Everly Brothers Pat Alger is well known in the music industry. Two of the most famous songs written by Pat Alger are “Unanswered Prayer” and “Thunder Rolls” co-written with Garth Brooks before Garth was the ‘Garth Brooks’. “What’s She’s Doing Now” and “That Summer” were two other #1 Hits Pat and Garth wrote.   Other great classics Pat Alger is responsible for are “Once In A Very Blue Moon”, “Lone Star State of Mind, and “Goin Gone” for Nanci Griffith.

Alger’s career began as a musician and songwriter working together with Happy and Artie Traum as a member of the Woodstock Mountains Revue. The group included the Traum brothers, Arlen Roth, John Herald and Maria Muldaur among others. Some of the songs he wrote during this period were “Old Time Music” and “Southern Crescent Line.” In 1980, he had his first success as a songwriter when Livingston Taylor had a hit with “First Time Love”.

Pat has also had songs recorded by Kathy Mattea such as “Goin’ Gone”, “She Came From Fort Worth” and “A Few Good Things Remain. He also wrote hits for Hal Ketchum, “Small Town Saturday Night”, for Trisha Yearwood “Like We Never Had A Broken Heart,” for Don Williams “True Love”, and for Mark Collie “Calloused Hands”. Through the years, his songs have been recorded and performed by such diverse artists as Peter, Paul and Mary Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovette, Brenda Lee, and Crystal Gayle.

In 1991, he was voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, and the same year he was voted Jukebox Songwriter of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, ASCAP. In 1992, he received the Country Songwriter of the Year award from ASCAP. The Country Music Associaiton gave Alger two Triple Play awards given to those who have three number one hits in a year. In 2010, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Pat was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in September 2013. He currently serves as Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Foundation and is a two time past President of Nashville Songwriters Association International. . His advocacy for the songwriter and their intellectual property rights is well known.

He starred in the 30th anniversary of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts gala. He has been featured on NPR Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air” several times, and has hosted, along with fellow Hall Of Fame inductee, Tony Arata, WSM’s radio show featuring past Hall Of Fame inductees.

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Check out this great interview Songfacts had with Pat Alger about his songs.