PRESS RELEASE - April 19, 2015 ~
MAKING OF A LIVE MASTERPIECE!
On May 17, 2013 at George's Majestic Lounge
in Fayetteville, AR the
and his band THEM, featuring
Terry Cagle, Jason Davis, and John Davies were
joined by good friends Jimmy Thackery and David
Renko to create one incredible performance.
Although the show was just over two hours it
encompassed years of preparation. The evening
showcased the talents of seasoned musicians
who have been toiling at their trade for decades.
That night, the guys put on a live masterpiece
of musical improvisation.
Earl and Them
had been playing together for several years
prior to this recording. Jimmy Thackery and
David Renko would sit in on occasions. David
more frequently because he lived and worked
in the area, Jimmy less. Although Jimmy lived
in Busch, AR, he still maintained a rigorous
national touring act. When the fellows got together,
the results were spectacular and the word got
around that this was an incredible show. The
guys would play off of each other and trade
ferocious leads of guitar and sax. Much of the
best work came when the guys jammed. Then, Jimmy
and Earl would get into a zone and trade licks
of epic proportions. And David, not to be outdone,
would respond with his own breathtaking leads.
Jimmy has told Earl that what they do on stage
together should not be able to be done, and
that he can only do this with Earl. These guys
can create and improvise on stage with the best.
This stuff is rarely rehearsed and no two shows
When we learned that Jimmy and his wife Sally
had decided to move to Belize, we knew that
this may be the last chance to record Earl and
Them with Jimmy. Fortunately, the guys had a
gig at George's on May 17th for the famous happy
hour set. Jimmy was in town to lay down some
tracks on the previous Earl and Them album "Same
Love". So the guys got together, we dug
the recording equipment out, and this is what
you get. A tremendous performance by some of
the best musicians in Arkansas. Jimmy has since
settled in Belize but still actively tours in
the United States. However, he has not been
able to perform with Earl and Them since the
evening of the recording.
Start with the iconic guitar work of the legendary
Earl Cate, add in the red hot powerful licks
of a guitar god in his own right, Jimmy Thackery.
Mix it up with the soulful vocals of Jason Davis
and Terry Cagle. Throw in an incredible rendition
of the classic Band song "The Weight"
by Dawn Cate. Blend it all together with the
steady rhythm of Jason, Terry, and John Davies.
And then, spice it all off with a magnificent
performance by saxophone virtuoso, David Renko.
Wow, you have one fine recipe for a legendary
GEORGE'S MAJESTIC LOUNGE, Fayetteville, AR.
Located on Dickson St. in the heart of the entertainment
district for the city and the University of
Arkansas. George's has been a bar and restaurant
in some form or fashion since the 1920's. The
current owner Brian Crowne and staff have built
the club into a wonderful music hall tailored
for live music. It is now considered the premiere
music venue in Arkansas and the region. Many
of the current and legendary regional and national
acts have tour stops on its stage.
Earl rose to stardom with his twin brother Ernie
in the 1970's with their band "The Cate
Brothers". Their 1976 single "Union
Man" reached the top ten on the charts.
After an over four decade career Ernie retired
a few years back and Earl has created a new
band which has picked up the torch and run with
it. Earl played guitar with Levon Helm and The
Band after Robbie Robertson left the group in
the early 1980's, most notably on their tour
of Japan. Earl's bands have shared the stage
with many of the rock and roll legends of our
time including; Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers,
Heart, Queen, and Dr. John.
TERRY CAGLE: Drums
and vocals. Terry has played with the Cate Brothers
since he was 15 years old and was along for
their journey during the glory years. Terry
is the nephew of the late Levon Helm and has
an uncanny resemblance and voice similar to
his famous uncle.
Front man, vocalist and guitar. Hails from Lincoln,
Nebraska where he was a child prodigy. Toured
ten years with "Baby Jason and the Spankers",
played 7 years with the "Tablerockers".
Bass. 30+ year journeyman professional player
who has performed with many great bands. Most
recently John toured nationally and internationally
with the Michael Burkes Band. John joined "Earl
and Them" after the untimely death of Michael.
Previously, he had a long stint with the Cate
JIMMY THACKERY: Master of the electric
guitar. Jimmy has recorded countless albums
over a 40+ year career. The past 20 years have
been spent with his band "Jimmy Thackery
and the Drivers". Formerly of the DC area
DAVID RENKO: Saxophonist
extraordinaire! David has played with the Cate
Brothers for over 20 years. Child prodigy from
Ft. Smith, AR. He has been performing publicly
since he was in grade school, most notably with
"David and the Immatures" during his
Earl's daughter Dawn, a talented vocalist in
the local music scene, sings a soulful rendition
of the classic Band tune "The Weight".
SOUNDMAN - ADAM PUTMAN:
Adam has been the main sound man at George's
for many years. In recent years Adam has been
recording and producing albums for many of the
NW Arkansas area leading bands through his production
company "Insomniac Studios". Adam
did the sound the night of the show and also
recorded the event. He later mixed the recording
and he is heavily responsible for its sound
and quality of reproduction. We are grateful
for his work on this project.
We hope you will enjoy the show!!!
Produced by Swingin' Door Records
Mark Risk Executive Producer
Recorded and Mixed by Adam Putman, Insomniacstudiosinc@gmail.com
Mastered by Mark Yoshida, AudioGraphic Masterworks,
LLC, Bartlett, Tennessee
Design and Graphics by Arrowhead Rendering Studios,
Copyright C P 2015
SWINGIN' DOOR RECORDS, P.O. Box 747, Fayetteville,
Check out the band and the music at www.earlandthem.com
double disc cd set can be purchased at earlandthem.com,
(479-582-3603), cdbaby.com, or at select area
For interviews and booking contact Earl Cate
Questions? Contact Mark Risk at 479-841-5404
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Malibu Sessions" EP Features Rare Recordings by The Cate
Door Records and Stratton Entertainment Group are proud to
announce the release of The Malibu Sessions, an EP featuring
four rare songs by The Cate Brothers Band from their historic
1982 recording session at famed Shangri-La Recording Studio
in Malibu, California.
was the place for inspiration for many musicians ranging from
Pete Townshend to Billy Preston to Eric Clapton. It was a
magical time for Earl and Ernie Cate, who, along with band
members Terry Cagle and Ron Eoff, recorded songs that included
slide guitar by Bonnie Raitt ("Don't Need a Woman Like
That") and keyboard and strings by Garth Hudson of The
Band ("I Can't Keep Up With You" and "I Can't
Malibu Sessions producer Rob Fraboni designed and built Shangri
La to the specifications of Bob Dylan and The Band. Fraboni
is known for producing albums such as Northern Lights - Southern
Cross by The Band, No Reason to Cry by Eric Clapton and Unforgiven
by Tim Hardin, among others. (Shangri-La studio itself was
featured several times in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz,
which is considered one of the greatest rock 'n' roll documentaries
of all time.)
the time of the Malibu sessions, The Cate Brothers were already
successful in their own right with their 1976 hit song, "Union
Man," and several televised performances that included
The Midnight Special and Austin City Limits. While The Cates'
Shangri-La recordings featured some of the group's strongest
studio work to date, the industry was suffering from a disco
hangover of the 1970s with no idea where to go next. The project
it got even worse. Shangri-La caught on fire and The Cate
Brothers' master tapes were destroyed, seemingly closing yet
another chapter of rock 'n' roll history. The Cate Brothers
Band, however, continued with their success by touring with
The Band and recording albums as years passed.
Randy Stratton, who facilitated The Cate Brothers' recording
contract with Fraboni, had kept a tape of the 1982 recordings.
It was digitally restored by local producer Darren Novotny,
which resulted in The Malibu Sessions.
all Cate Brothers music, it's not dated," says Stratton,
who is executive producer of The Malibu Sessions. "The
EP is as relevant now as it was in 1982."
and Them Release 2nd CD Same Love - Now Available
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& Them CD Release Party at Georges Majestic Lounge
- Nov. 22, 2013
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and Them Release 2nd CD Same Love
has taken months of recording, mixing, and mastering
to reach perfection, but the second Earl and Them CD
project is ready to hit the airwaves and your cd player.
The great Earl Cate and friends have gotten together
to create 13 tracks of rocking Americana and Blues music.
The CD is titled Same Love.
Earl and Them is led by the legendary Arkansas guitarist
Earl Cate. The band is comprised of the core four: Earl
Cate (lead guitar, backup vocals), Jason Davis (guitar,
lead and backup vocals), Terry Cagle (drums, lead and
backup vocals), and John Davies (Bass). The four are
joined on the new CD with special guests Ernie Cate
(keyboards), David Renko (saxophone), Jeff Gray (trumpet),
Jimmy Thackery (guitar), RJ Mischo (harmonica), and
Dawn Cate (vocals). These players have been around for
quite a while and are still putting out great listening
music. And many would argue the best in their careers.
It has taken us some time to put this latest project
together and we are very excited about the results,
states Earl Cate. We wanted to capture our live
sound on this CD similar to our performances and we
think we got it. The sound is crisp and clear.
Earl and Thems live performances are becoming
legendary. The band is very tight and you never know
who may show up and join the band on stage. Peter Read
of Nightflying calls Earl and Them the best
bar band in Arkansas.
Earl Cate gained stardom with his twin brother Ernie
in the Cate Brothers Band. Their song Union Man
and album The Cate Brothers Band reached
the top of the charts in the 1970s. He has been
recognized as one of the best guitar players in the
world by many enthusiasts. Earl has shared the stage
with such classic rock acts as the Doobie Brothers,
Fleetwood Mac and played and toured with Levon Helm
and The Band. He continues to perform at the highest
levels with his unique sound and melodic rhythms. Earl
co-produced the new album with Adam Putman of Insomniac
Studios. Earls touch is on every song and aspect
of this new CD.
Front man for the band is Jason Davis who plays guitar
and lead vocals on many of the bands tunes. His
soulful voice fits perfectly with the groups music.
He sings solo leads on Same Love, Too
Much of Everything, Knock Knock, I
Shiver, Hug You, Squeeze You, Save
It For Someone Who Cares, Aint Doing
Too Bad and his version of the Rolling Stones
Beast of Burden, (which will make you melt
by the way).
The other lead vocalist for the band is Terry Cagle
who is also the bands drummer. His voice is striking
and sounds eerily similar to his late Uncles Levon
Helm. Terry sings all of the Band songs
which are covered on this CD; ie., W.S. Walcott
Medicine Show, King Harvest, Dont
Do It, and The Weight. He also is
the lead singer on the old Frogman Henry tune Aint
Got No Home. Terry also sings backup vocals on
most of the other songs on the record. In addition,
his drum work is superb, driving the band through the
entire album. It is not easy to sing and play drums
at the same time. Few can do it and Terry does it magnificently.
The core four is rounded out by the latest addition
to the group, John Davies on bass. John has been with
the band about a year now and has fit like a well-worn
glove. His bass lines provide the rhythm for the rest
of the band to exploit. John has played in many bands
over the years, including ten years with the Cate Brothers,
and has toured nationally and internationally with the
late Michael Burkes and his Band.
As stated earlier, the core four are joined by several
guests on this latest project. Earls brother Ernie
Cate makes an appearance on several tracks playing his
specialty, the keyboards. You can hear his Hammond organ
on several of the songs. Dave Renko, also of the Cate
Brothers fame, plays his saxophone on W.S. Walcotts
Medicine Show, Dont Do It and
Save It For Someone Who Cares. Jeff Gray,
an outstanding horn player, also joins in on the above
tunes with his trumpet resulting in a big band horn
section sound. The great blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery
joins in on two of the tunes on the CD. His guitar work
is unmistakable on Aint Got No Home
and Aint Doing Too Bad. RJ Mischo,
the internationally acclaimed harmonica player lays
down his harp on the old John Lee Hooker song Hug
You, Squeeze You. And Earls daughter, Dawn
Cate, belts out one blazing rendition of The Weight.
Additionally, Timothy Grace of Randall Shreeve and the
Sideshow plays stride piano on Aint Got
The album was recorded at Georges Majestic Lounge
and Insomniac Studios in Fayetteville, AR. It was mastered
by Mark Yoshida of Audio Graphic Masterworks of Memphis.,
TN.. The cd is being released by Swingin Door Records.
Executive producer of the project is Mark Risk of Swingin
Door Records. Swingin Door Records is located in Fayetteville
and based upon the legendary Swinging Door
bar located on Dickson St. in Fayetteville during the
The band will have cd release parties in Fayetteville
on November 22nd at Georges Majestic Lounge from
6-8 PM and in Little Rock on November 23rd at Cajuns
Wharf from 9-12. If you cant make the release
parties, cds can be purchased through the bands
website www.earlandthem.com, at www.cdbaby.com, at www.swingindoorrecods.com,
or at selected retail outlets.
PHOTOS FROM THE CD RELEASE PARTY]
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order by the CD by mail, contact:
Swingin Door Records
P.O. Box 747
Fayetteville, AR 72702
To book Earl and Them contact Earl Cate at (479)957-5882