I don’t know how this song popped up today. I guess I was thinking about Vegas. I love it there and I don’t gamble, I’ve tried to get Adair to move there but she’s not convinced.
And like the song, we did get married in Vegas and it was the best. It could not have been better. This song’s not about our experience exactly it’s talking about in more general poetic terms. Songwriter stuff, I guess. Anyway, real estate is super cheap in Vegas. Invest and let me know.
As I mentioned in my last blog. I’m trying out a new keyboard for my live shows and I’ll admit my dream is to move to Vegas and perform house music. I love Kraftwerk and stuff like that. That’s probably where this jam came from.
This is half me and half MINIAK the keyboard I’m playing. I overdubbed a few more parts on the initial improvisational track. So for all of you up tempo house music fans this is for you. It gets your blood flowing.
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Driving home the other night after the Trey concert I pulled some Santana up and jammed it loud to keep me awake. I guess that’s where inspiration for this song came from.
Santana used to be my absolute favorite and still is up there near the top with me. I wish I could see his show in Vegas this year. That would be awesome. I’ve seen him three times, one of which was with Bob Dylan.
If you’re a Santana fan, “Lotus” his live album from Japan is the very best! He also has a crazy concert with John McLaughlin that’s pretty intense too, although it’s mostly just shredding and not much else. His DVD with Trey is similar and good for a watch.
I took it back to that old school slow funk jam on this one. I am absolutely loving playing drums every day, even though it’s just for five minutes. My drum parts are finally getting done in one take. They’re not perfect, but I can’t really be perfect in my recordings for this format; because I have to squeeze the song in each day on top all of my normal life.
I’m a country boy but I love the big city vibe. Places like Vegas, or Chicago or New York are great just because there is lots of people and energy. And house music. A good beat keeps everybody happy and it’s not used in that way enough. I guess that’s what “Country Boy Funk in the City” is about.
I’m also kind of giving my own song “Country Funk” a shout out. If you haven’t heard “Country Funk” (featuring my old friend P-Noid) Search: Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” and give it a spin. It’s also pretty funky.
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.