Today marks the beginning of several re-issues from my long musical history. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I released ‘Getaway Plans’ on the eve of my departure from Athens, Georgia. In celebration of it’s ten year anniversary, I have remastered and re-imagined the album, changing the song order and adding four new songs that were recorded during the same era.
The album features the fantastic Parakeet Nelson touring band of 2001 – 2004 featuring John Wayne Tuggle, Dwayne Wallace, Dave Brockway and John Kell with special guest Andrej Kurti tearing it up on violin on several songs. The infamous Mike Lowdermilk also makes an appearance on a few of the new added songs.
Umbrella is one of my most enduring songs about turning things around, staying positive and being there for each other. I have sung it at many charity and spiritual events, not to mention many bars too for that matter. Ha! Thanks for listening!
How about a ‘Carolina Song’ for this beautiful crispy Saturday morning. “Carolina Wind” is my tribute to the drive from Georgia to NC, one I’m quite familiar with to say the least. Thanks for listening!
Silly rap rock anyone? This one is also from my “Mealtime Brown presents..” album. I wrote this one while driving a moving truck to Jefferson, Georgia to move my stuff out and into the first house I bought in Athens. How that pertains to the song, I don’t know. Thanks for listening!
We all need a little traction every now and then don’t we? This super jam catches a moment in time in my fabled Athens days with Parakeet Nelson / Phallic Phungus. An nine piece band live in the studio totally locked in with me barely playing guitar because of a broken wrist. Thanks for listening!
Jeramy Lamanno is my lifelong best bud, record company partner and musical collaborator. I’m one of his biggest fans too. He hasn’t put any solo work out in a while but you can still catch him on drums playing with Garbage Island, an experience you’ve got to witness. He also runs Lo Yo Yo Stuff in downtown Athens (near the 40 Watt) maybe the best record store in the USA. This is one of his acoustic demos that I assume I was ‘executive producer’ on. That was usually my title on his releases. I’ve always meant to do a version of ‘Fogjuice’ myself. Jerry’s songwriting is superb!
I’ve been reliving a lot of old memories from my last stint in Georgia (’98-’04) since I’ve been back down there. I spent my 20’s in Athens learning to run a business and learning to survive with a touring band (or almost survive). One thing hasn’t changed. I’ve still got a lot of really good friends there and they’ve been helping me out this time around in a big way. Cheers to them! This song is about those old days.
I mentioned last week that I’ve been going through some old stuff from my days in Athens, Georgia. What a place to live when you are in your 20’s. I still can’t believe I ran such a successful business with all of the crazy things we had going on and all of the crazy bars we played in those years. But honestly, I really wasn’t thinking about that much when I wrote this song. Or maybe I was and just didn’t know it.
Amazing! We actually won our flight in the Good Times Invitational this weekend at Clayton, Georgia. My friend Will Clay and I played in the tournament and then provided the entertainment last night for the party. We had a great show last night doing almost as much comedy as we did tasty jams. Today, despite the fact I forgot my golf shoes, we grinded it out in an intense head to head match and won on the final hole. Despite the fact that I was playing very sub par to say the least (pardon the pun).
I wish today’s song would have reflected some of our triumph but as my late arrival back to NC dictates, I’m posting the song I had already recorded for today . Maybe I’ll relive it in a future song.
I’m in Georgia today, playing golf in the Good Times Classic and then headlining the entertainment for the evening with my good friend Will Clay. It should be interesting, I used to play golf fairly competitively but honestly, this 365 songs project has pretty much put an end to my golf outings. That, actually may be a blessing because I got pretty obsessed for a while.
‘Attitude Adjustment’ is a random song about how people take or do whatever to adjust their attitudes. That seems to be a normal thing in today’s society.
One thing about being a traveling musician, I’ll undoubtedly have an all night or super late night drive now and then. Our gig last night wasn’t too bad. We got home around 2:30. The worst was when I moved back to North Carolina but I kept all of my Georgia gigs going for a while. We would play them, drive home and get in bed around nine or ten the next morning. That doesn’t make for a productive day.
I don’t do that quite as much anymore, mainly because I play different types of gigs these days. Today’s song has an old school feel to it and is about exactly that. Counting the hours until I get back home.
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.