Even as a young man growing up in Tennessee, Patrick Mahan loved music and comedy. He produced podcasts and wrote songs during his high school years, and wanted to continue that trend in college. He eventually assembled a group of peers to contribute to a new podcast called “The Variety Picnic”. As the individual members began pursuing other interests, Patrick wanted to continue producing entertainment.
The Variety Picnic became a musical act in 2009 when Patrick Mahan transformed his fledgling podcast into a comedy album after being inspired by podcast contributor Kevin Morse. Never before in his life had Patrick met anyone that could be described as abnormally normal. The song Ode To Morse was born and was followed up soon with a music video.
The video received a great response from those who were familiar with Kevin Morse. Patrick then decided to pursue the creation of a comedy concept album with a broader appeal. Over the next several months, Patrick composed dozens of songs from which to build the “Sweet Jams” album. As new songs were completed, Patrick sought to produce comedic music videos to accompany them. Frequently appearing in the videos is Earl Babbich, world class gentleman and one of the planet’s greatest guitarists. Earl appears in most of Variety Picnic’s videos during the Sweet Jams era.
In March 2010, Sweet Jams was released. A release party was held in Orlando, FL and featured the groups first live performance. Their music video for "Babymaker" was nominated in Big Vision Empty Wallet's Best Comedy Short competition in New York City.
The group took a break for the remainder of 2010. Patrick had moved to New York City. Earl returned to the ranch. Kevin stayed in Florida.
Patrick continued to work on new songs. On the one year anniversary of Sweet Jams in 2011, it was announced that a new album was in the works. Patrick recruited more of his friends to take part in the new album to make the group more powerful than ever.