Category Archives: Acoustic / Singer Songwriter

Chris Cates songs that are either acoustically oriented or singer / songwriter oriented.

Timeless Times Like These

Song 10 has my favorite musical passage on the album.  This is simple acoustic number with lead guitar, strings and of course french horn.  It’s about that perfect time to let your loved one know how you feel and being in the moment during those special times in life.

Even though the guitar work is in my usual ultra-simple style, for some reason it seems to remind me of Nels Kline’s work with Wilco.  When it hits the solo after the second chorus is the part that is my favorite part of all of “Life’s a Love Song”.  It goes to show you don’t have to always be ripping guitar solos.  Sometime’s space is the best note you can play.  Thanks for listening!

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Anniversary Song

I wrote this on my anniversary a few years ago and luckily it turned out to be one of Adair’s favorite songs! What seemed to be a quick and simple little song turned out to have some legs. You gotta love it when that happens.

I’m playing all the instruments except for John Kell’s sax, which gives it a bit of a Van Morrison feel.  Adair’s singing backing vocals with Rob Sankey, John Kell and me.  The song also features Ringo, my scruffy little dog, singing along to my harmonica at the end of the solo. Listen closely to see if you can hear it.
Thanks for listening!

Ringo with Mozart in the background
Ringo with Mozart in the background
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Moonlight Madness

Easily one of the most powerful and emotional songs I’ve ever recorded, the fourth song on the album is a co-write with my good friend Jefferson Taffet (check out his albums by searching Lionz).    We’ve collaborated before on a song called “Give it Up” available on the Stranger Things Have Happened CD.

He originally recorded this song in my studio in Athens about fifteen years ago and I always loved it.   Even though it’s a drastic departure from the rest of the album, I felt compelled to get it out into the world.

Moonlight Madness is just me on guitar, vocals, strings and my signature french horn.   I tried to keep it as stark and simple as possible to highlight the love and desperation of the great lyrics.

“Will you hold me up, and never let me slump, give me two good shoes, we’ve got some walking to do”

Below is a picture of the skyline and moon at Atlantic Station where I recorded it.

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Winter’s Coming Back Again

Made it back to the ATL in one piece and figured I’d post another song to celebrate.  I’m a little late on the timing of this one but I figured it would set the mood for the evening, looking out at the snow wherever you are.   I wrote a song similar to this in Cone dorm at App. State back in the day and this is my re-imagined version where I tried to recapture that melancholy feeling of college life and it’s ever  changing challenges. Little did I know real life after college only proves to be way more challenging.  But it can be fun if you let it.   Enjoy the snow!!

Outer Banks

Today seems like a good day to be at the Outer Banks.  Since I can’t be there physically, why not post a song about a love story of a couple getting together later in life to move to the Outer Banks to live on the beach and play music in the bar at night.

This song comes from my Carolina Songs album.  Thanks for listening!

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Restless Love (song of the day)

Let’s start the week off with a ‘Carolina Song’.   This was my high school hit called “Falling Star” that got rewritten for my Carolina Songs album.  Thanks for listening!

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