It’s looking like Hurricane Florence might be heading towards the Carolinas. I hope everyone stays safe and is thinking ahead. Hopefully SOS will still be able to happen down at North Myrtle. Here’s a funky song that will lighten the mood a bit I hope.
Song removed for now, but will soon be available for commercial release.
This was the first song I ever wrote with open chords on the guitar and it was probably my most popular song (at least with the ladies) in high school. That is until I wrote “Flannel Dreams” a year or so later. After listening back and mastering this album, this song seems so out of place with all the other hard driving funky numbers we played. That’s been the story of my career, I love to play ballads like this but I equally love to rock and get funky.
The video was recorded by Joe Long at Comma in Morganton, NC around February in 1990 and is highlighted by Jason Peeler hunched over the keys making it happen (he was a guitar player at that point before switching to bass and then ultimately landing on drums on which he still performs with me to this day). Greg Beaver is always great on bass and of course Jeramy Lamanno (aka Hiro Noodles) is a legend in his own right. I’m still learning to play guitar and sing at this point so bear with me.
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!
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.
Well I’m back from vacation only to leave again for three days to represent on the North Carolina Media team as we take on Tennessee’s Media Team in the Battle of the Smokies golf tournament and media extravaganza. It’s a three day Ryder Cup style competition with twelve men and women from each State sweating over putts. This year it is hosted by Mt. Mitchell Golf Club, a course I’m definitely looking forward to playing for a few days. Craig Distl put it all together and there will be some writers there that I respect more than just about anybody. I’m sure I’ll have lots of new subjects to write about!
I’ve done 166 songs before this one and haven’t done an acoustic instrumental yet. And as my urbane set up concludes, today is the day. This song has been evolving in warm ups at acoustic gigs for a while, so it was bound to end up on one of my song a days. I decided to do all the orchestration with just the acoustic guitar. Although the keyboard strings were tempting me (as they always do).
I named it “Asheville Evening” in tribute to the rainy haze outside my studio door. Thanks for listening!
My band is playing in Pinehurst tonight at a wedding rehearsal, so I thought it was only appropriate to write a Pinehurst themed golf song. The last few years I’ve had the pleasure of going to Pinehurst a few times a year to perform or to play in golf tournaments. The Carolina Golf Hall of Fame is there as well and I’m hoping my friend Howard Ward, a wonderful writer who has carried the golf voice of Pinehurst will get the nod this year.
“The Golf God and Pinehurst” is about how if there is a golf god, he’s living in Pinehurst.
The tire exploded on the recycling truck yesterday afternoon, so it’s been an interesting week. We still managed to get to 220 houses in Hildebran today and pull in about 6000 pounds of stuff. The perfect background for me to come home and write an ambient love song right? This song is more of a mood piece than a normal vocal song. It’s meant to capture that feeling when you first fall in love.
Big week on the recycling boat once again. But it’s over now and I’m heading to a golf tournament in Georgia. I have barely played this year so I’m mainly going to have fun and to play some music with an old friend of mine. I must admit, tonight’s came pretty fast and I recorded it as quickly.
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.