~ PRESS RELEASE ~
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 No Home.
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.
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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