Artist Spotlight: Pat Smillie

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Detroit singer and songwriter Pat Smillie

Name: Pat Smillie 

Sound: Rock and roll with soul, 1960s R&B and roots. His vocals are described as "powerhouse." 

The latest: This vocalist and songwriter has been behind mics around Detroit and Chicago for a while, but his upcoming release, "Lonesome for a Long Time," is his first recording in a decade. This year he was also nominated for a Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Blues Vocalist,"  but Smillie says he's more of a rock and soul singer. 

Next: Smillie will play at a CD release party for "Lonesome for a Long Time" Sunday at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy in Westland. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance via, or $15 at the door. At the show he'll be joined by Johnny Rhoades on guitar, Phil Whitfield on keyboards, bassist Motor City Josh and JoJo Moceri on drums. 

Melody Baetens