Category Archives: Blues

Blues songs written by Chris Cates for 365 Songs for 2010.

Cyber Monday Blues. November 29th

As if Black Friday wasn’t enough.  Now we have Cyber Monday.  Ah, the 21st century.   I was going to write a song for today and then I realized I had one already done (that I wrote and recorded last week) that plays to this theme perfectly.    Happy Cyber shopping!

“If You’re Lucky Enough” November 23rd

I am really enjoying writing and recording this year.  It is pretty cool to dedicate an entire year to that.  It’s a struggle some times when it’s late at night and my energy is down.   But I seem to always push through.   And amazingly, I’ve never had any writer’s block or trouble making new song happen.  This endeavor will propel me to my next step in life no matter what it may be.   Hopefully, it will be writing and recording more music.  Thanks for listening!

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September 27th “Black Sheep in the Family”

It’s Monday once again and a rainy one too.  I’m not sure what inspired today’s song, it’s another one of those that just popped out when I sat down in front of the MacBook.  I love playing simple, bluesy, chicken pickin’-style solos like what I do all through this one.  You gotta love blues in F.   Thanks for listening!

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September 8th “Long Way from the Short End of the Stick”

Ah, the ways the days are always flowing.  We learn a little more every day (or get schooled).  I learn a little more each day that I’d rather be playing golf than working all day long.  One of these days I’ll turn that around.   Maybe that’s what today’s song is about, I don’t know.

September 6th “Labor Day Blues”

I guess I have never gotten the true meaning of labor day because I have mostly run a small business my entire adult life.  And of course, running a small business means you hardly ever have a day off.   I actually got lucky and didn’t have to go do my recycling duties today in Morganton but that doesn’t mean I don’t have amazing amounts of stuff to do here in Asheville.   Although I did get to catch USA trounce Angola in the World Basketball Championships.   I guess no matter what I do, I’ll still have those labor day blues.   Thanks for listening!

September 4th “Carolina Beach Music”

Fall is officially showing it’s face up here in Asheville.  It was chilly this morning.   I played golf for the first time in months at Reems Creek, it was mighty fine.   Adair and I then went to the Biltmore Estate with our dog Mozart and walked around the grounds forever.  It’s nice to not be hot again.

I must have had all of that in mind last night when I wrote this song.  I’ve been meaning to do another ‘beachy’ song and I guess now must be the opportune time.   Thanks for listening!

June 24 “Tall Dark and Good for Nothing”

We seem to be getting a lot of requests at our shows for line dancing songs.   Of which, we really haven’t had anything popular to play.  Undoubtedly, that’s something we really need to work on.  You know we love to please our peeps.   Anyway, that’s what prompted me to just write one for us to play.  That’s how “Tall Dark and Good for Nothing” got started.  It’s in that line dance, blues shuffle tradition (a beat I have no experience playing on drums).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!   Have a great day!

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June 12th “This Might Tickle Just a Little”

My third song catching up today.   This song comes from a line a wrote down a while back.  I keep a running file of random lines to choose from if I want some extra help getting a song started.   Right now, my random lines file is nine pages long.   I’ve gotten really good at listening to what people are saying and pulling some gems out of every day conversation.   Late night TV is also good for quotes too, sometimes.

Thanks for listening.  I hope you like “This Might Tickle Just a Little”.

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Barbeque Rules this Town. March 23

I can’t believe this is the first song I’ve written about barbeque since I’ve been doing this song a day thing (or anytime for that matter).    On my recycling route and generally driving everywhere in the South, you see a barbeque place every few miles.     When I lived in Athens, Georgia I was quite the connoisseur, that is until I got debilitating ulcers.   But I’m over that now and eat BBQ a few times month and I’ve tasted hundreds of different kinds, even what they call BBQ in remote places like Germany and Amsterdam.

After all my travels,  Hursey’s BBQ in Morganton is still my favorite.   I used to convince Amy to eat there every day when I worked at Schoenen Pool and Spa about twelve years ago.  That’s what I thought of when I wrote this song.

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