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My Old Soul / Life’s a Love Song

When you’re a songwriter, life’s a love song.  I realized that when I was 13 years old and I’ve been living it ever since.  These albums prove that a love song can come in many packages and so can an age old soul.  Song to song, just like life, you never know what’s coming next.

I started these albums in Asheville, NC and finished them in my studio in Atlanta.  Also, a good portion was recorded after hours while building three different solar farms on the road in south Georgia.  The workers would go home and I would start recording, editing or mixing in my car, job trailer or in the parking lot or hotel room of the Hampton Inn.  (Hilton Honors points!! holla)

No matter what the song, “Life’s a Love Song”  is as heartfelt and emotional as anything I’ve ever done and it’s very musical with lots of guitar, sax and harmonica solos to keep things poppin’.

“My Old Soul”, my latest album is very upbeat and positive with lots of synths mixing with the guitar, sax, harmonica and orchestral embellishments.  The lyrical themes are of letting go of the past and moving forward with positive instincts.

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Chris Cates – vocals, guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, ukulele, piano, synthesizer and charanga.

John Kell – sax and backing vocals

Chris Singleton – bass on much of My Old Soul

Adair Cates, Chris Cates, John Kell and Rob Sankey – backing vocals

Produced, recorded and mixed by Chris Cates

Mastered by Ricky Rodriquez at Bomb House Recording – Morganton, NC     BombHouseRecording.com

Cover pic for Life’s a Love Song by Derek Clayton (Taken while building Solar Phase II at the Chattanooga International Airport)

Cover pic for My Old Soul by Adair Cates

Our Love Will Show the Way

This is it, the last song on the album!  Thanks to everybody that has listened these last few weeks as I’ve been posting all 15 songs.  If you feel so inclined and feel like supporting independent music, pick up a physical copy at CDBaby or the mp3 album at iTunes.

It’s amazing that I’ve been an independent musician for over 25 years.  It’s been fun a lot of the times, a miserable struggle some of the time and completely rewarding most of the time.  I’ve made it this long so I guess I’m going to keep on, keeping on.  2015 should be a very productive year for me.  I’m almost finished with my instrumental ‘baby music’ album called “Music for Newborns” and I’ve got a ultra-funky classic dance album in the queue called “Super Fantastic”.

“Super Fantastic” will also continue my new collaboration with Ricky Rodriguez and Bomb House Recording, he will now be mixing my music leaving me to solely concentrate on recording.   Mixing has always been what holds me up and now I am finally handing over the reigns to a professional.

Okay, “Our Love Will Show the Way” is a quiet spiritual send out to “Life’s a Love Song”.  It’s very simple but has a wonderful message.  “Our love will show the way, it’s bright enough to light up, even the darkest day”, “Take all you wanna take, what’s mine is yours, things can be replaced, it’s worth the smile on your face”.

This album took a ton of hard work, especially since I was juggling three different major solar farm projects that were all three and a half hours a part.   But perseverance pays off and now I’ve got another music snapshot of my life for posterity.  I’m blessed to be able to make music and I appreciate all of the continued love and support for my blessing and my curse.  It’s hard to be a musician and have to work a “real job”.  I struggle with it mightily but you gotta do what you gotta do.  One day one of these records will hit the right spot and sell twenty thousand units and I’ll look back and laugh.

Thanks again.   Have a great day!

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