Loren Barrigar, who makes his home in Elbridge, will produce Pas'cal's next CD, as he did "Home."
"Barrigar is my mentor," Pas'cal said. "I run every song by him."
And like an old tried and true friend, every time the two take the stage together it is as if no time has passed.
It has been said that Barrigar's exceptionally clean technique as a guitarist is reminiscent of the late Chet Atkins. On stage, he stands tall with a relaxed but energetic presence while moving easily among country classics, rock, folk, old-time standards, patriotic songs and original tunes. He's a born performer but with a reserve that is comforting, one that allows the audience to lean in for more.
Barrigar's debut CD "Dance With Me" won a SAMMY Award (Syracuse Area Music Award) in 2009 for best Country CD.
Wednesday's show at APT
After the openers, Pas'cal will play a set with his bass man Bobby Perry.
Pas'cal said Bobby is an old blues player who lived in LA and played with a lot of greats, but came back to Otisco to raise his teenage son.
Barrigar will join Pas'cal during this set, then take the last set on his own.
Pas'cal said I know enough to get out of the way of Barrigar and his audience. And that's also what he has learned about his songwriting.
"I instinctively get out of the way - I'm just a roofer - when my brain and my ego take a nap, I do the best writing," he said.
Pas'cal works with his family: Dad, John who oversees the entire business; brother, Bob who runs the work crews; Sister Kelly Doldger who runs the office. They also work with his uncle and cousins and focus their business in Skaneateles and Marcellus, every once in awhile running over to Cazenovia.