We had the good fortune of connecting with Brett Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brett, is there something you believe many others might not?
“Get married. Get a good job. Start a family.” It’s the cliché American Dream we’ve been told to aspire to our whole lives. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it is a little stale for our tastes. We got married young, but opted for travelling and playing music for the first 11 years of our marriage. Snake and the Rabbit has been our “lovechild” since we got married in 2010. We’ve been fortunate enough to play music all over North America in our 20’s, in a never-ending honeymoon phase. You’ll always be able to start a new career or start a family. You won’t always have the ability to travel the country for a decade, making memories with your best friend. We’ve had so much fun the last eleven years and we encourage everyone to travel and get outside as much as possible. That’s why we love Colorado! Now that we’re older and COVID stopped a lot of live music, we’ve transitioned to doing more live streams and home-based projects. We’ve been focusing less on live shows and more on merchandise, content and business partnerships with companies like Distillery 291. You can check us out and stay up-to-date at www.snakeandtherabbit.com.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’ve both sacrificed a lot to pursue our art the last few years. Leanna gave up her home and huge extended family in San Diego to travel and play music across the country. Brett gave up his career in higher education so we could start playing and recording full-time in 2019. It was great, until COVID hit and live music pretty much ceased to exist. Playing music during COVID has been a huge struggle, but now more venues are reopening and livestreaming our music has been quite successful the last few months. Snake and the Rabbit is about love. Love between husband and wife. Love between [wo]man and nature. Love between creator and created. If you have love, and the hope that love offers, anything is possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’re going to pick them up from the Denver airport and we’re going straight to Watercourse on 17th. for lunch. From there we’re going to take 70 out to Frisco and stop at one of the best skateparks in the whole country to work off all the delicious, vegan calories we just ate. We’ll head up highway 9 to see Isak the Troll in Breckenridge and grab a beer at Breckenridge brewery before continuing up highway 9 and 24 on a picturesque drive back towards Pike Peak. We’ll point out the Peak as we descend into Manitou Springs and stop by one of our favorite dive bar/music venues, Kinfolks. From there we’ll drive out through Garden of the Gods for one last stop at Distillery 291 for some great whiskey, music and atmosphere. We’ll stop at Front Range BBQ for some dinner and more live music before heading back to our our home in Old Colorado City.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Distillery 291 has helped us a lot since moving our business to Colorado. They’ve hosted us for plenty of events and gave us a weekly live stream for their fans throughout all of COVID quarantine in 2020.
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