bands leader is legendary guitar player Earl
Cate, who was listed in Steve Croppers top ten guitar
players of all time. Earl has been writing and performing music
for five decades now.
He has a unique style of playing which sets him apart from the rest.
His level of experience and
professionalism is unmatched. Earl has played and toured with The
Band, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bo Diddley, Little Feat and many others.
His bands have shared the stage with Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Boz Scaggs,
Elvin Bishop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many other rock legends of our
guitarist and vocalist has made his home in Northwest Arkansas over
the past ten years or so, hailing from the Lincoln, Nebraska area
where he cut his teeth in the Midwest blues scene. He toured 10
years with his trio Baby Jason and the Spankers. During
that period, they played some of the top blues venues in the country,
including Buddy Guys Legends, Antones, the Grand Emporium,
the Zoo Bar and Blue on Grand.
Upon arriving in Arkansas Jason played with the esteemed Arkansas
Tablerockers for seven years before joining up to help create Earl
and Them. Over the years he has had the honor to play with the likes
of Magic Slim, Sue Foley, James Harmans, Jimmy Thackery, Tab Benoit,
and Indigenous. To date one of his highest personal achievement
has been to play the South Loop River Blues Festival in Nebraska
for seventeen consecutive years..
and vocalist for the group is Terry
Cagle. Terry is from Springdale, Arkansas and still makes
his home there. Terry got into the music business in 1966 when he
was only 15 years old. He joined Earl and Ernie Cate when his uncle
Levon Helm left the Cates Gang for Canada to join Robbie Robertson,
Garth Hudson, and Rick Danko in what was to become the legendary
rock group The Band. Levon had recommended his nephew
for the job as a great young drummer.
Terry fondly says that his mother let him play gigs while still
in high school because the Cate Brothers had a reputation as being
clean cut and they did not drink and party like the other bands
of the era. That began a long relationship with the Cate Brothers
Band and now Earl and Them. Terry was the drummer and vocalist with
the Cates in their heyday in the 1970s and 80s appearing
on American Bandstand and Austin City Limits. They also toured with
the Band for a couple of years in the early eighties. Earl reveals
that there were times on the tour that Levon was unable to sing
and Terry sang his parts and no one knew in the audience. His voice
is similar to his famous uncles and many would say better.
player John Davies
is the newest addition to the band. John is one of those
good ole south Arkansas boys that you cant help but like.
Raised in Camden, AR he grew up loving the blues. He played bass
for the Cate Brothers band for ten years during the 1990s
and played on several of their albums including Radioland and
the classic Cate Brothers Live CD. During the early 2000s
John played tour dates with notables Son Seals, Guitar Shorty,
and Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors. John was also the bass
player for the Michael Burkes Band for several years and toured
nationally and internationally with Michael. We are lucky and
thankful to have John now with the Earl and Them band.