I’ve made a lot of albums in my life but none of them compare in popularity to my two golf themed albums. I moved to Asheville in 2004 and quickly became addicted to golf the day I decided to max out my credit card to join the old Holiday Inn Sunspree golf course. My first round on the course I shot 94, in five months of playing there every day I shot a 64 there (it was a short par 68). That shows how much I was practicing and playing (some would say to the neglect of my music, business and relationships).
Anyway, one day we were playing that very course when my friend asked me “why don’t you make a golf album?”. I wrote down eight song titles during the round, wrote three songs in line at the DMV the next day and had a full album recorded and on it’s way to manufacturing by the end of the week.
“Triple Bogey with 17 Holes to Play” forever entered me into the golf world and I haven’t looked back since. From promoting the album, I joined a golf radio show (speakingofgolf.com) for two years, performed at the Carolina Golf Hall of Fame and at many country clubs around the US, met many of my golf idols and played a ridiculous amount of free golf. Pretty good for an album I wrote and recorded in five days!
I finally got around to making my follow-up to Triple Bogey a year ago. I had a lot of golf songs that I hadn’t released and ideas for new ones so I had to get them out into the fairways of life. This album is more acoustic than the rocking full band ‘Triple Bogey’ but the lyrics are much more dense.
There are some good story songs and of course a few kooky novelty songs as well.
And now I have new golf songs that need to be released like a golf ball in a fried egg lie, but alas, I’m working on a few other albums at the moment so sadly, it may be a while before they fade hook into the world we love. Stay tuned and hit ’em straight!
Are you kidding me? This Masters is off the chain so far. I wrote this song thinking about the final montage of a major tournament’s broadcast. Actually, I think the second verse is some of my best word play of all my songs. ANy thing with Chi Chi Rodrigez in it is always good. Thanks for listening!
It’s Masters weekend again!! Probably one of my top three sporting events behind the NBA Finals and the British Open.
Of course this is Tiger’s big week back and that’s all anybody can talk about. I’m glad he’s back. He obviously looks like he’s ready to kick some butt. I’m not going to get into all of his stuff but it’s also good for people to remember that he’s not the only one out there doing what he did. It would be cool to see him win but the Masters is great because it’s a good story, no matter who wins.
If Tom Watson would pull this one out. That would be the greatest sports moment ever.
Anyway “Tiger’s Back” is kind of a synopsis of the first day’s events at the tournament and about how Tiger’s gonna be gunning for the win.
I was going to wait another month or two before I started writing golf songs but this one just kind of came out. I was stepping into my back yard to hit some balls this afternoon and this came to me.
My rock n’ roll Golf comedy CD “Triple Bogey with 17 Holes to Play” is by far my biggest selling album and is an infinite source for perks, tournaments and gigs in the golf industry. I put it out about four years ago with intentions of writing more golf songs and now I have the perfect format to release them.
I was probably inspired by the newsletter from the Carolina Golf Reporters Association that I was reading right before I went outside. Then after completing the song I noticed Tiger was coming back at the Masters. If I would have read that beforehand this song would’ve probably been about Tiger. I think you’ll definitely see one of those in the future however.
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.