Patrick Sansone did what all young boys did growing up, participating in sports. But at age 12, his interests shifted to music.
It seems to have been the right choice. Now, Pat Sansone is a member of both Wilco and The Autumn Defense.
"He wanted a guitar once he came into the world," said his dad, Tony Sansone. "I wouldn't let him have a guitar. I promised him I would buy him any guitar after he took music lessons."
The elder Sansone did get Pat the guitar and piano lessons as well, laying the groundwork for a man who would become a multi-instrumentalist.
"When he played the piano, it was just different," said Tony Sansone.
"He just had a touch for it even when he was ten or eleven years old."
For years, Tony produced the Mississippi Junior Miss program and booked bands to perform at Meridian's Temple Theatre. He says his son followed him around closely. Pat saw show business in action and heard some of music's greats perform on the Temple Theatre stage.
Last spring, Pat became one of them when Wilco played in Meridian.
While in Meridian with Wilco, Pat and his partner in both bands, John Stirratt, toured the then unfinished MSU Riley Center and instantly kicked up speculation that he would be back to Meridian soon.
The music is reminiscent of songs performed by singer-songwriters from the sixties and seventies, as Tony says, when songs were made of more than just five or six words.
The Autumn Defense performs Mar. 11 at 8 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian. Tickets are $18.00 for general admission seating and are available at www.msurileycenter.com.
Newscenter 11 has a two-part series on Pat Sansone airing Tuesday and Wednesday on WTOK-TV.