PRESS RELEASE - April 19, 2015 ~
MAKING OF A LIVE MASTERPIECE!
On May 17, 2013 at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville,
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
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 are alike.
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.
THE RECIPE: 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
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.
JASON DAVIS: 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
JOHN DAVIES: 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 teenage years.
DAWN CATE: Earl's
daughter Dawn, a talented vocalist in the local music
scene, sings a soulful rendition of the classic Band tune
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,
Design and Graphics by Arrowhead Rendering Studios, Fayetteville,
Copyright C P 2015
SWINGIN' DOOR RECORDS, P.O. Box 747, Fayetteville, AR
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 merchants.
For interviews and booking contact Earl Cate at 479-957-5882
Questions? Contact Mark Risk at 479-841-5404