I’m excited to announce my new Chris Cates album “Complicated Artist Type”. It features 14 brand new songs I wrote in Ireland, Las Vegas and at my studio in Atlanta.
It’s a bit different than most of my albums in that the instrumentation is more sparse, just utilizing a single acoustic (or 12 string), one super distorted electric guitar, sometimes swapping bass for cello and very minimalist drums and beats. And of course, my signature harmonica and John Kell’s sax.
It creates the mood around the mental and emotional struggles of dealing with life relationships and the want and need to be constantly creating art.
I’m starting my new album today. It’s going to be acoustically based and will feature my longest musical collaborator Jeramy Lamanno on drums. This is the demo of the first song that I’ll be working on. I’ve been playing it live a lot lately and it’s really growing on me. Have a great Father’s Day!
I had a prolific weekend writing. I literally wrote at least part of sixteen songs. And I actually finished most of the recording for nine of them. I’m getting a head on my song a days. It’s always nice to have some extra songs for those days that it’s impossible to record. Also, instead of grinding it out until the last day, I want to have the last few weeks wrapped up. Mainly to prove to myself that I not only could do it, but that I could do it easily. Also, I’m ready to start my new album called “Follow the Feeling”. It was written October of ’09 but I’ve been sitting on it since I started this. I can say one thing now, I am committed to making music that’s for sure.
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.