Seeing Eye Band – Psychedelic School Bus

Our Jr. high/high school band’s first studio album, Seeing Eye Band – Psychedelic School Bus.  Featuring Oak Hill Jr. high alumni, Greg Beaver, Jeramy Lamanno, Jason Peeler and myself, we were a pretty tight and funky original band even if I had only been playing guitar for about six months.

The Seeing Eye band was the third incarnation of this line up.  We originally started out as the heavy metal band Armageddon with additional members, John Dockery and Jason Spake (and the rest of us playing completely different instruments) and then evolved into the Silver Plated Sixshooters.  This change happened when I decided to retire from drumming to play guitar after opening for The Past (before they became Copperhead) at the Western Peidmont 4th of July fireworks and witnessing the awesome power of Neil Carswell’s vocals and John Byrd’s guitar.  Seeing Darryl Corley pick and sing at Oak Hill was also a big inspiration for me to switch, as well as my burgeoning obsession with Neil Young and Uriah Heep.

What is really awesome is that 26 years later we are all still playing music!  That’s a testament the strong music scene that Morganton has.

This album was originally named the Seeing Eye Band Vol. 1, but I have remixed it and changed the order of the songs to reflect our super funky sound and figured after collaborating with my Mealtime Brown colleague, Jeramy Lamanno that Psychedelic School Bus was more fitting for this release.

Psychedelic School Bus was always a crowd favorite.  Greg’s bass on it (and the whole album) is awesome and Jeramy’s drums are super tight.  Add my affinity for the wah wah pedal and you’ve got yourself a psychedelic freak out.

The album was recorded at Fred Rumfelt’s legendary studio in Marion, NC.  He was a great man.

Thanks for listening!!  More songs to come and there will be a page on this site that will have all the songs together in a few days.  The album is available on iTunes, amazon etc., although cdbaby.com is our preferred site for folks to buy.

The Seeing Eye Band - Psychedelic School Bus cover.

Click here to listen on iTunes

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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.

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