~ PRESS RELEASE - April 19, 2015 ~

On May 17, 2013 at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR the …THE GREAT … EARL CATE … 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.

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 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 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 "Tablerockers".

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 Brothers Band.


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
Recorded 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

The double disc cd set can be purchased at earlandthem.com, swingindoorrecords.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


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