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!
I’ll post another song for today since I haven’t been around to post many this week. This is my song of the day from last year on May 7th. I should have renamed it “What a Beautiful Feeling because it’s Pay Day!”. Thanks for listening!
February seems to be a month where I’m contemplating existentialist views with my songs. Maybe it was the Buddha biography I listened to earlier in the month or maybe it’s just my neo-psychological chatter.
I do use songs as a forum for positivity even though I do play characters in songs that sometimes aren’t so pleasant. My main goal is to be positive however. Although I don’t like to limit myself when creating story situations in my songs. The message is usually positive even if all the words aren’t. I’m pretty tongue in cheek if you haven’t noticed yet.
Anyway, “No Such Thing as Luck” is a love song. It contemplates past life situations and how you sometimes seem to have known some people for several lifetimes. Especially when it comes to deep connected love affairs.
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.