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Bastard Son of Bossa Nova (song of the day)

I’m heading out with the Amstel Light Flash campaign for five more gigs at five different venues again tonight.  Fun stuff.  I don’t know why but I’m feeling a little funky today so why not post a funky song right?  This is one of our favorites to play live even though we’ve kind of forgotten about it lately.  Maybe we’ll have to dig it up for our gig in Atlanta this Saturday.  Thanks for listening!

 

Don’t U Funk With Me

Funky and hilarious.  Another Coda Baerfider collaboration with Ken Bloodsaw (aka Blood), bringing it home on the last verse.  Together Coda and Blood were known as the Tragic Click and they were awesome.  I’d love to post their song ‘Private Dancer’ but it’s way too X-rated.  Anyway, have a great Monday!!

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November 3rd “Make it Happen”

I haven’t written an instrumental in a while.   I think I might have gone a little overboard with this one.  It’s got a lot of changes.   I honestly thought I would have posted a lot more instrumentals during the course of this 365 songs project but this is probably only the seventh or eighth one in over 300 songs.  I really caught my groove about four months ago writing words and just haven’t looked back.   However, it is nice to have a break every once in a while.   Thanks for listening!

Song for May 10th “Daydream from Tomorrow”

Something compelled me to go back and dig up this song and re-create it today.   Part of this recording is something I recorded in the original Mealtime Brown studios in Athens, Georgia around 1998 or ’99.  I don’t even know who the guys are that are playing the awesome banjo and upright bass.   I went and found it, re-arranged it, added some funk, junk and rewrote the vocals.   But I was sincerely trying to keep the original vibe we had cooking that day.

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April 23 “Doctor Sick Beat”

I’m starting to put together the show that Chris Cates & the Master Plan is going to play this summer at several Friday Night Concert style events in several different cities.  We always string together four or five disco songs during the night because they’re all in the same beat and usually the same key.   I’ve now got about six pretty good disco songs of my own to string together which will be lots o’ fun.  This is the latest in this style.   It may be the best one yet.   “Hot, Cold & Out of Control” is a close second.

This one’s chorus is “You better call a doctor, this is the sickest beat, it’s  making people sweat and shake the ice cube’s out their drink”.   Thanks for listening!

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March 27 “Low Down Funk”

Today I got inspired to go back and do some beats like I used to do down in Georgia for the different rap crews I worked with.   Believe it or not I was an integral part of the rap music scene in the Athens/Atlanta area for several year.   You can even read an article published about me and my rap game in a magazine article archived at chriscates.com.

I miss working with talented folks like Kenya Bloodsaw, Patrick Mattox, Rico Davenport, Ceasar Hudson, Eugene Willis and all the other folks.    Maybe this is a funky tribute to them.

Chris Cates's highlights from January and February 2010
Chris Cates's highlights from January and February 2010

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Jan 22 “Dark Lit Violet Groove”

Well I kept the funk going last night and this morning with this one.   I really love this kind of deep trancy funk groove.

I also love playing way to notey stuff on the bass.  What can I say I’m a guitar player.

This song is basically a ‘club’ song pretty much.  No huge world issues solved here, but they probably could be if everyone would get down to a funky beat like this every once in a while.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan22.html