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.
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.
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 performance.
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
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
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 Brothers Band.
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 "Nighthawks".
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 "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
and Mixed by Adam Putman, Insomniacstudiosinc@gmail.com
Mastered by Mark Yoshida,
AudioGraphic Masterworks, LLC, Bartlett, Tennessee
Design and Graphics by
Arrowhead Rendering Studios, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Copyright C P 2015
SWINGIN' DOOR RECORDS, P.O. Box 747, Fayetteville, AR 72702
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.
and booking contact Earl Cate at 479-957-5882
Questions? Contact Mark Risk