I can’t believe another month is gone this year. I’ve written a song every day for five months now and pretty much recorded them the same day. I never thought I couldn’t do it but I’ve also been amazed at my sheer will to do it. Honestly, most of the time I’m excited because it’s something new to listen to. I guess that’s my number one suggestion to young musicians. Be a fan of your own music, it makes things a little easier when things get tough.
I dug the bones of this song out of my unreleased archives and rewrote several parts of it. Including the guitar interludes and the verses. “What It Gonna Take” is kind of a rockin’ break up song. I wrote the first version of this song in Amsterdam in 2005. This song features Mike Lowdermilk on bass guitar and Dave Brockway on drums.
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.
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.