Let’s kick the weekend off with a jam! Pump this one up and sing it loud.
“Skyscrapers” is inspired by the #EckhartTolle book A New Earth, which I’ve read (to my newborn kids) or listened to at least five times. The music is inspired by #ManuChao, another favorite who really doesn’t release enough music these days.
I’m on all the instruments except for the killer bass by Chris Singleton. There’s also some cool backing vocals from Kerry Jones, Jeramy Lamanno, John Kell and Adair Cates.
Thanks for listening!
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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
Back to posting ‘Risky Biscuits’ songs. This one is a super jammer. A little bit reggae a lot rock. We recorded this live with an eight piece band in Wes McDonald’s studio (a fine musician and artist himself look him up https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wes-mcdonald/id6432590).
Anyway, this song is a declaration of love with a little innuendo and a great great band!! John Kell, Chris Costigan and Gary Hartle’s saxes are on fire on this one and John Wayne Tuggle plays a tasty guitar solo. I had a broken hand and a ruptured radial nerve but I still managed to hold down the rhythm guitar. Incredible drummer Seth Hendershot and legendary bassist AJ Adams round it out! Thanks for listening!
I’m stuck in a hotel in Americus, Georgia tonight because of the weather and I hear the interstates are locked down in the ATL. I can only imagine what it’s like in my native NC Mountains. Here’s a funky song to get through the heavy weather tonight. “If you got dog’s you better put them in a shed”.
My Risky Biscuits post for the day drums up a bit of that country funk. Featuring the rap skills of one of my favorite Athens, Georgia artists, P-Noid (aka MechaNoid). We really had a lot of fun making this one. As simple as the song is, we never could quite make it happen live for some reason or another. Probably because we never practiced it. Anyway, thanks for listening!
One of my all time favorite jams (and a favorite of all my bands over the years). This is an uptempo funky super jam about trying to relieve boredom with the help of Charles Bukowski, Captain Kangaroo and golf. This song features the full power of my Parakeet Nelson band from this era. Seth Hendershot, Gary Hartle, John W Tuggle, John Kell, Dwayne Wallace and lots of interesting background (and foreground) sounds.
Here’s my new vid paying tribute to beer and beer can collectors everywhere. Featuring 150+ beer cans from my Dad’s collection.
I’m playing all the instruments on the song except for John Kell’s tasty alto sax. This song was originally from my 365 Songs for 2010.
Thanks for watching!
I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’m going to change that starting now. I’ve been working on some new music and old music the last few days and am trying to get back in the habit. I let the real job slow down my momentum. This is the first year that music is not my primary source of income.
Here’s a funky one to start the weekend. Thanks for listening!
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.