I’m excited to announce my new Chris Cates album “Complicated Artist Type”. It features 14 brand new songs I wrote in Ireland, Las Vegas and at my studio in Atlanta.
It’s a bit different than most of my albums in that the instrumentation is more sparse, just utilizing a single acoustic (or 12 string), one super distorted electric guitar, sometimes swapping bass for cello and very minimalist drums and beats. And of course, my signature harmonica and John Kell’s sax.
It creates the mood around the mental and emotional struggles of dealing with life relationships and the want and need to be constantly creating art.
Here’s a playlist that I’ll be constantly adding and changing of the inspirational songs that have been published and released. I actually have about 50 more inspirational songs that need to be published and hopefully I’ll get to them eventually. I get bogged down trying to finish other projects, like the Parakeet Nelson album I am currently in the home stretch on. Thanks for listening!
It’s looking like Hurricane Florence might be heading towards the Carolinas. I hope everyone stays safe and is thinking ahead. Hopefully SOS will still be able to happen down at North Myrtle. Here’s a funky song that will lighten the mood a bit I hope.
Song removed for now, but will soon be available for commercial release.
It’s time to release another kid’s song!! This one is very silly of course and features my whole family. Adair Cates is singing the chorus and my twin three year olds make a cameo as well. Chris Singleton is holding down the bass duties as usual and I’m playing everything else.
Adair reminded me of the Awesome cheerleading cheer one day and it became a song. I was a bit inspired by the old Faith No More song “Be Aggressive” which employs an old cheer as well.
The video will be forthcoming whenever I get around to edit it. Listen on your preferred streaming method below.
Today seems like an Outer Banks kind of day. This is the story of a man trying to talk a woman into dropping everything in city life and move to the beach to spend the days in the ocean’s waves and the nights singing songs in the beachfront bars.
Happy Friday! Here’s a southern rock jammer to get your weekend going, featuring great guitar from John Tuggle (creator of the awesome website learningguitarnow.com). The song is about the partying lifestyle of old rockers being on the road and how what keeps them going is what kills them.
“I’ve been traveling with a wild man, it’s gonna get me yet, whiskey, women, cigarettes, breaking hearts and taking bets, living harder than the rest, no remorse and no regrets, he puts his soul to the test”
The end of the song has a twist to the story. You’ll have to listen to find out!
The song is available everywhere online and is from my “Getaway Plans” and “Getaway Plans Anniversary Remix” albums.
This is my first foray into making kids’ songs, as well as, my first song for charity and I can’t be more excited! “Egg Sandwich” is a song that’s had several versions since Jeramy Lamanno and I wrote and recorded it in my parents basement many years ago. However, the latest and greatest one, written specifically for kids is quite different to say the least.
The proceeds from the song will go to benefit charities that feed kids when they are in and out of school. A lot of kids don’t excel in education because they are properly nourished and don’t have the energy. So getting them some proper nutrition actually helps on several different levels.
I’m giving folks the chance to buy it at the normal $.99 price or with a larger donation that will go to the charity. The song is available on all platforms (iTunes etc.) and at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chriscates18 – This is the $.99 option and is at my trusted distributer CDBaby.
The video features my twins, Joy and Coral, and a cast of characters that include Adair, Jeramy, Singleton, John Kell and more of my friends’ kids that texted me some video.Thanks for checking it all out and supporting a great cause!
Well we’ve come to the end of my My Old Soul album posts. It only took me three months. Unfortunately, my time is a bit stretched these days as I travel the southeast developing solar farms, playing a few gigs here and there and taking care of my 2 1/2 year old twins. Anyway, here it is and just in time. I’m about to release my next musical endeavor already.
“Too Far to Give Up Now” is a fitting end to the album. It’s about looking towards the future and taking some risks along the way. Something I need to heed a little more myself. Thanks for checking out the My Old Soul album! To purchase a copy click on a link below or stream it at all online locations. Thanks for listening!
This song was inspired by an Albert Einstein biography I read. It’s a song about metaphysical and existential questions wrapped around a love song. “What if time doesn’t exist? That means potentially I could be reliving this. If that’s the case I’ll give you a kiss. We could be eternally in bliss.”
Welcome to Chris Cates.com. I'm an old school independent artist with lots of albums, songs, solar panels etc. This site tries to encapsulate what it is I've been doing since I played my first professional gig at 13. I post a song of the day occasionally from my somewhat excessive original song catalogue and I'm constantly recording new material when I'm not building solar farms, trying to play golf or tennis or taking care of my new twin girls.