Pat Alger

Pat Alger

Pat Alger (born 1947 in New York City) is a country music songwriter. He was a member of the Woodstock Mountain Revue as a guitarist-singer-songwriter, writing the song "Old Time Music" and "Southern Crescent Line." He later teamed up with Nanci Griffith and co-wrote Griffith's hit songs "Once in a Very Blue Moon" and "Lone Star State of Mind." Some of his songs have also been recorded by Kathy Mattea ("Goin' Gone" and "She Came From Fort Worth") and Trisha Yearwood, and he co-wrote songs with Garth Brooks.


Alger first recorded one duet album with Artie Traum and then three solo albums:

  • From The Heart (1980)
  • True Love & Other Short Stories (1991)
  • Seeds (1993)
  • Notes and Grace Notes (1994)

Pat Alger started his career as a solo folk performer at colleges and coffehouses. Through the years, his songs have been recorded and performed by such diverse artists as the Everly Brothers, Peter, Paul and Mary, Livingston and James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, Ian Tyson, and mega-star Garth Brooks.

In 1991, he was voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriter's Association International, and in 1992 he received the Country Songwriter of the Year award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He has well over 20 hits to his credit, including eight number 1 hits.

He has three critically acclaimed solo albums and has literally played venues all over the world. 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". He was a featured performer in Atlanta for the induction of Ray Charles into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

In addition, and no less importantly, Pat has been an advocate for the creative community. He has testified several times in both houses of congress on a wide variety of intellectual property issues.

He has been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


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