Underlying Everything is the Simple Idea of Love #songoftheday

The title says it all.  Thanks for listening and your support.

Even though I only played about 20 gigs in 2014, I sold more songs and albums than ever.   I’ve got a brand new album called “Life’s a Love Song” that will be out in the next month or so and three more in the hopper, so hopefully that upward trend will continue.  Especially now that I have #twins to support.    That said, check out my eleven albums on iTunes  (search Chris Cates, Chris Cates & the Master Plan  or  Parakeet Nelson).   Building 6 mega watts of solar farms a year is cool but I would much rather be writing and recording.

And of course, you can always hear 500 of my songs for free at  chriscates365.com.   Being listened to is still more important  to me than selling music.  (Not the best business model I know)

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Your Lucky Umbrella – Song of the Day

Most folks know my family has been through a life changing event of late.  It’s been rough but we are getting through it as best we can.   It happened right after I started posting songs from ‘Getaway Plans’ week before last.  Ironically, this song seems to fit perfectly  with the outpouring of support from all of our family and friends. It’s amazing what folks have said and done, they have truly been our  Lucky Umbrella.

Over the years, I’ve had multiple people tell me that this song has helped them through some tough times which makes me feel like I can make a difference with songwriting (aside from just getting people to shake their booty).  Please pass it along to someone in your life who’s had some tough times.  Maybe we can make a difference together.

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Vlade for Three!!!

I just moved back to lovely East Atlanta and am in the process of building my new studio. So I thought it might be appropriate to post songs from my album “Getaway Plans” this week and next. It was the album I made just before I left Athens in 2004 and released the night before I moved out of town. We had a fun CD release party for it at the Roadhouse.

This song (and several more on the album) features the great Dr. Andrej Kurti on violin.

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Don’t U Funk With Me

I’m getting to the end of posting all of the songs off of my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album from 2001 (it only took me four months to post them all).  This is a fun rap song I did with two of my all time favorite colleagues.  Once known as the Tragic Click, Blood (Kenya Bloodsaw) and Coda Baerfider (Rico Davenport) were an incredible creative force in the early 2000’s Athens, Georgia music scene.   Rico brought me a very long crazy beat one day and I whittled it down to make this song adding  some piano, stand up bass and Mike Elam’s great muted trumpet.

We had a great time making this song in the studio and it shows.   It is still consistently one of my top downloaded songs on Rhapsody and other online music sources.  Thanks for listening!  #rapmusic  #funnyrapsongs  #georgiamusic

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First Funk Baptist

Yet another intermittent song post from my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album.  We are finally getting near the end.  This little diddy is a comedy song featuring the ultra talented Coda Baerfider spouting tongue in cheek spiritual wisdom (in prompt-tu) with the brilliant sax work of Gary Hartle in the background.   We recorded the sax in the bath tub!

 

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A New Sport for Prime Time

The next song off of ‘Risky Biscuits’ used to be our most popular live song in the Athens era Parakeet Nelson heyday.   It’s also my Dad’s favorite song by that band!   This was recorded live and features incredible solos by John Wayne Tuggle, Gary Hartle, Mike Elam, me (harmonica) and John Kell.   Thanks for listening!

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