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Wild Man

Happy Friday! Here’s a southern rock jammer to get your weekend going, featuring great guitar from John Tuggle (creator of the awesome website learningguitarnow.com).  The song is about the partying lifestyle of old rockers being on the road and how what keeps them going is what kills them.

“I’ve been traveling with a wild man, it’s gonna get me yet, whiskey, women, cigarettes, breaking hearts and taking bets, living harder than the rest, no remorse and no regrets, he puts his soul to the test”

The end of the song has a twist to the story.  You’ll have to listen to find out!

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The song is available everywhere online and is from my “Getaway Plans” and “Getaway Plans Anniversary Remix” albums.

Skyscrapers – #6 from My Old Soul

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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 Also available on Spotify, Tidal and all other online retailers.

What a Beautiful Feeling – New Album Song #1

My new album is finally complete and out today!!  It took a while to record and finish and there were some casualties along the way but now it’s here!  “My Old Soul” mixes R&B elements with synthesizers, sax and guitars and has a general concept of loose spirituality and consciousness.  I’m playing guitar, keys, drums, harmonica etc. with Chris Singleton playing bass on most of the album and John Kell on Sax.    Adair Cates, Jeramy Lamanno, Kerry Jones and John Kell sing back ups.

“What a Beautiful Feeling” is the first song and it gets the good vibes going right away.  I tried to show a little motown influence on it while throwing in a big #TreyAnastasio like guitar solo to bring it home.  Thanks for listening!     #newmusic  #chriscates   #myoldsoul

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September 26th “If Nothing Else Lasts Forever”

It’s Sunday, so I’ll post a love song today.  I did this music a long time ago and liked it so much I really wanted to put some effort into making the words good.  So, I put it off until I felt like it;  which turned out to be about eight months later.   I’m continuing on my endearing love angle in the wake of my anniversary a few weeks ago.  I used to write songs like this all the time before my tendency to make it funky (which happened in college after hearing Dr. Dre and Snoop).    Thanks for listening!!

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September 12th “The Fire is Burning”

What a great day to be a sports fan.  Lots of great NFL games, the PGA Playoffs and USA Basketball is playing Turkey in the World Basketball Championships.   Durant vs. Turgolu.  Also a good day to catch up my recording and mixing.  I’m hoping to have Vol. 3 of the 365 greatest hits sent off tomorrow.  I’ve really gotten behind on those.

Anyway, I asked Adair for a topic this morning as I was walking out to the studio and this is what popped out of that.  I hope you’re having a great Sunday.   Thanks for listening!

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Check out Chris Cates.com for lots more stuff!

July 11th “Kelly’s Back”

One summer in my teens, my friends and I lived in this old house out the country and had a blast.  I had a studio set up with the same drums I’m still playing here today.   I wrote tons of songs about the wonders we had around us and all of our shanigans.    I always used to play this chorus back then but I never wrote a song to it. Until today.   This transports me back to 1993.  We were always waiting on Kelly to get back so we could go to the river.

Thanks for listening!

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June 14th “Mooch On Over”

I have no idea where this one came from.   I guess I was thinking about what it’s like to live in your 20’s.   You really don’t care where you sleep at night.   As you get older, you definitely get more used to comfort.  I was never much of a moocher though.  Luckily, I always had a pretty strong work ethic, even if sometime it wasn’t making any money.  (Was that supposed to be funny?)

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June 9th “What Did I Did and then I Did it Again”

What a week!  Hardcore recycling and six gigs packed into four days.  Oh did I mention I’m also playing in a two day golf tournament too.   I guess it’s summertime because I am busy.

Today’s song is a fun one.   I guess I’m starting to rap now.  Look out Eminem. Somehow, I don’t think he’s worried.

May 20th “Suite 2.0″

For about the last six months I’ve been mostly listening to classical music when I’m working or riding in the car.   I’ve heard everything else so many times that it’s refreshing to be constantly hearing new pieces of music that I rent from the library and hear on WDAV.    I’ll still listen to all kinds of stuff but old Vivaldi keeps calling me back.

That’s what inspired this one.   This is my keyboard classical composition.

Song for May 13th “Hitch Hiking in Mississippi”

A lovely Thursday with a million things to do.   That’s how it always is when you’re out of town all of the time.  I’m just biding my time until the Cavs/Celtics game tonight.   Lebron has to win if he’s gonna stay in Cleveland.   I hope he stays.

Today’s song started out about something much different but somehow it ended up on this ghost theme.  Maybe it’s from article I recently read.   I have no ghostly idea.

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