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HOLD ON

DON'T NEED A WOMAN LIKE THAT
I CAN'T KEEP UP WITH YOU
I CAN'T CHANGE IT

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"The Malibu Sessions" EP Features Rare Recordings by The Cate Brothers Band

Swingin' 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.

Shangri-La 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 Change It").

The 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.)

At 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 was shelved.

Then, 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

"Like 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."

 

 

 

Earl and Them Release 2nd CD “Same Love” - Now Available

 

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Earl & Them CD Release Party at Georges Majestic Lounge - Nov. 22, 2013

 

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Earl and Them Release 2nd CD “Same Love”

It 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 Them’s 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 1970’s. 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. Earl’s 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 band’s tunes. His soulful voice fits perfectly with the group’s 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”, “Ain’t 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 band’s drummer. His voice is striking and sounds eerily similar to his late Uncle’s Levon Helm. Terry sings all of the “Band” songs which are covered on this CD; ie., “W.S. Walcott Medicine Show”, “King Harvest”, “Don’t Do It”, and “The Weight”. He also is the lead singer on the old Frogman Henry tune “Ain’t 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. Earl’s 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. Walcott’s Medicine Show”, “Don’t 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 “Ain’t Got No Home” and “Ain’t 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 Earl’s daughter, Dawn Cate, belts out one blazing rendition of “The Weight”. Additionally, Timothy Grace of Randall Shreeve and the Sideshow plays stride piano on “Ain’t Got No Home”.

The album was recorded at George’s 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 1970’s.

The band will have cd release parties in Fayetteville on November 22nd at George’s Majestic Lounge from 6-8 PM and in Little Rock on November 23rd at Cajun’s Wharf from 9-12. If you can’t make the release parties, cds can be purchased through the band’s website www.earlandthem.com, at www.cdbaby.com, at www.swingindoorrecods.com, or at selected retail outlets.

[SEE PHOTOS FROM THE CD RELEASE PARTY]

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To order by the CD by mail, contact:

Swingin Door Records
P.O. Box 747
Fayetteville, AR 72702

or call

(479) 582-3603

To book Earl and Them contact Earl Cate at (479)957-5882

 

 

Earl and Them - "Special Blend"

 

 

 


XNA Allstars - "XNA Allstars Vol. 1"

 

 

 

 

To order by the CD by mail, contact:

Swingin Door Records
P.O. Box 747
Fayetteville, AR 72702

or call

(479) 582-3603

To book Earl and Them contact Earl Cate at (479)957-5882

 

 

 


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