Pat Flory is "the" quintessential elder-statesmen-Old-Time-Country-and-Bluegrass-musician in New Orleans. Affectionately called "The Monroe of The Hi Ho" (in reference to the long running Monday night jam) Pat's influence and mentoring of musicians over the years, locally and beyond, cannot be overstated. Born in 1948 in New Iberia, Louisiana, Pat grew up listening to the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ol' Opry and the fiddling of his uncle, renowned Mississippi fiddler John Holloway. Pat is an exceptional multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist. In The Sweet Olive String Band Pat writes, arranges, sings lead and high tenor and plays mandolin, square-neck dobro and guitar.
Locally, Pat is well known for co-founding The Piney Woods Opry live radio show in Abita Springs, Louisiana in 1992. Pat's commitment and hard work to shape and develop The Opry payed off as the show grew in popularity and sold out for years on end. He was the lead singer, guitarist and band leader of the host band, The Evening Star String Band. Pat has played music live on stage since 1966. He's played solo and with various string bands over the years from New York to California, New Mexico to New Orleans. The Evening Star String Band had a long run of performances at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival.