For Our Friend Pat “Moose” Moran
Sunday was a terribly sad day for the Tennessee Backroads Band and all of the Cookeville community. We lost our dear friend, “sound man” and Brother Pat Moran whom we affectionately referred to as “Moose”. If you knew Pat Moran -- you were his friend.
He was the kindest, most gentle, most decent good-to-the-core person that we have ever known. In all the years that we knew Pat and traveled with him we never saw a “bad side”. Never heard him utter a negative word about anyone. He was an encourager and the least judgmental person ever. If Pat Moran was your friend then you had a friend for life - through good times or bad. He was truly the man and the example of Christ that we all wish we could be.
Pat loved his wife and two daughters more than anything. Just this Saturday he was talking about Emily’s wedding and how much he was looking forward to it. We of course told him we couldn’t wait to see his new dance moves -- he did such an outstanding job at Julie’s wedding! Pat loved his son-in-law Scott and soon-to-be son-in-law Daniel. He often talked about what fine young men they were, their strong work ethic and how glad he was that they would be a part of his family. Pat’s legacy will live on through these young people and we hope through all of us and each of you.
Pat was like a brother and a best friend to all of us and I know to many of you as well. As Mark so aptly put it “there ain’t enough pages to write all the good there is about Moose”. His grammar, not mine.
Most of us last saw Pat in the early morning hours Sunday at the hospital. All appeared to be fine with our friend. As we usually all do, we hugged him, told him we loved him and we’d see him later that day. Well, we won’t see him today - but we will see him again.
Moose, we love you and we will truly miss you. You will never be forgotten. Enjoy your reward. You deserve it!
Tennessee Backroads Band
In 2003, Pat Fitzpatrick was asked to play his guitar for some events at his church in Cookeville, Tennessee; however, he needed a singer. One of the guys at church recommended a friend named Ken Mayes; he had listened to Ken sing while on fishing trips and claimed he was a good singer. Even though skeptical of this claim to fame, Pat called Ken and invited him anyway. Pat realized after ten to 15 minutes of Merle Haggard songs that Ken Mayes was probably the only person he knew with relative –
if not perfect pitch!
Mark Maberry began getting together with Pat and Ken in 2004; they played guitar and worked on harmonies. From there, the band benefited from the additions of Danny Dodson, Pat Vick, Jay Nemore, and Pat Moran.
After playing several events for the church, the band became The Backroads Band and eventually evolved into Tennessee BackRoads Band. The band enjoys playing music all over the Southeast. They feel fortunate to have found seven guys that not only get along, they enjoy each other!
The band sticks pretty close to its roots: classic, traditional, and contemporary country music as well as the typical “party favorites.” Additionally, the band has a sound engineer that travels with them and has played shows at the Gibson Showcase, Gatlinburg Convention Center, events in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and all over the Tennessee and Southeast area.
Tennessee BackRoads Band has a CD named “The Backroads Band." A second CD is coming soon. Watch for more information on this website.
In 2013, theTennessee BankRoads Band was voted BEST LOCAL BAND for the third consecutive year.
Tennessee BackRoads Band members:
Ken Mayes - Vocals
Mark Maberry - Rhythm guitar, lead and harmony vocals
Danny Dodson - Steel guitar and harmony vocals
Pat Fitzpatrick - Lead guitar, harmony vocals
Pat Vick - Bass guitar and lead vocals
Jay Nemore - Drums and vocals
Pat Moran - Sound and lighting engineer