PIKE & SUTTON
Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton are the founders of the seminal jam band Little Sister, also known as Sister 7. Their songs are literary, emotionally riveting and eclectic, drawing from Roots Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Jazz influences.
Patrice is an accomplished rhythm guitarist, vocalist and drummer and Wayne’s lead guitar and singing all together creates a big sound as a duo as well as with their full band. They have put together a collection of new songs that have been selling out shows in major markets in the southwestern region and west coast and are working on a new recording project currently in the high desert of Santa Fe with John Thomasson, band director for Little Big Town and who played bass in Little Sister, as well as Robb Kidd of Golden Dawn Arkestra on drums.
Pike and Sutton have toured in Sister 7 and on their own including supporting the Allman Brothers, John Fogerty, Sarah McLachlan, Blues Traveler, The Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, Chris Isaak and Dave Matthews Band among others. They have played Austin City Limits Festival for many years, as well as Kerrville Folk, High Sierra, Strawberry Festival, and also legendary venues in the U.S. and Europe including iconic clubs and theaters and concert sheds including Red Rocks, The Greek Theater, Pine Knob Amphitheater, Fox Theater, Moody Theater and more.
Patrice is also Co-Founder of the Step Onward Foundation and has collaborated in raising over $500,000 for supporting education and housing and sustainability for young adult survivors of homelessness and children surviving critical illness in the last 12 years.
“Pike is one of the finest contemporary rock singers in America”, Billboard Magazine 2000
“You can hear it in her voice. It isn't the over-trained perfection of a vibrato-obsessed diva. When she barks, when she pleads, when she seduces, it is with intent, and you feel what she wants you to feel. Pike is a veteran, having traveled with the famed Austin jam band Sister Seven, whose members eventually focused and polished themselves out of the noodling genre and into respectability -- and then of course broke up (shaken by Clive Davis’ unceremonious removal from Arista Records) just as they were hitting their artistic peak. Pike is still up there on the peak, crafting solid rock songs and indie ballads for her own label, ZainWayne Records (founded with former Sister Seven member and longtime collaborator Wayne Sutton), and polishing and pumicing that stressed and gorgeous voice. She's not a grasshopper anymore." – Jordan Harper, St. Louis Riverfront Times 2004
“She's a rock singer with a soulful heart and one foot in the blues, the other in jazz.” – Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times 2010
“Patrice Pike will light you on fire. With nothing more than her guitar and her musical partner in crime, Wayne Sutton seated to her side, Patrice Pike filled the stage... The lush, full sounds were enthralling. As she performed crowd favorite "Jackknife Girl," it was hard not to think about how truly amazing what one girl and a guitar with one guy with a guitar can do. They filled the space with sounds as full and rich and inviting as any band five times their size.” --Jenny Block for EdgeDallas.com