More and more I listen to early Bob Marley (before the British producers) and I also listen to Toots and the Maytals. That’s good stuff. In no way does that give me a reggae pedigree. I’ve listened to it for 20 years but I know you’ve got to live it to really live it. I’ve written a fair amount of reggae tunes over the years, probably the best of which is “U Don’t Believe my Traction” my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album. That still is one of our favorite tunes to play live.
“Skankin’ Ain’t Easy” is a little more laid back however. The only way skankin’ should be.
Day two of my two day vacation. It’s not so sweet knowing you’ve got to go home soon. But then again I have a lot of obligations, so it’s also bitter sweet (ie recording a song for everyday in 2010). Being creative, I tried to be totally in the moment, which was beach house vacation-style with my writing. If I’m not being topical to my situations I encounter occasionally, how will I ever look back on this year years from now and remember what I was doing.
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.