Phil Gates Addicted to the Blues hits the Streets Tomorrow April 27, 2010 Setag Music Distributed by CDBaby

Phil Gates--Addicted to the Blues

Though the word “funk” originally had odiferous origins, eventually the term became a high compliment for the “real thing,” as well as a form of syncopated dance music growing out of R&B. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Phil Gates is as real and funky as it gets, as amply demonstrated on his new release, Addicted To The Blues. Just as significantly, he is a totally hip blues cat, savvy in cutting edge recording technology and the latest online social networking.
Gates was born to the blues in a musical family in Chicago on April 21, 1962. By the third grade he was playing violin, clarinet and drums before following at age 12 in the guitar-picking footsteps of his older brother. Buddy Guy, Albert King and sixties rock guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Santana fueled his desire, as did jazz. Gates served in the Air Force 1980-85, working with high tech electronics and was also selected as guitarist the USAF “Tops in Blue” World Tour that performed at Superbowl XIX. From 1986-89 he was a sound engineer at a Texas jazz club, while a move to Los Angeles in 1989 to work in the aerospace industry afforded him the opportunity to produce and do session work. He released Party Time in 2000, Secret Passage in 2002, This Side of Me in 2005, created the film score for My Normal Life in 2006 and released Should I? in 2008. He also found time to write FAQ: Recording the Guitar for music book publisher Mel Bay in 2005.

Gates wrote all 12 original tunes on his new disk while also contributing keyboards, bass and programming drums. “Get Around to Me” sets the table early with a sassy funk groove over which Gates leaps about nimbly on his guitar after exuding pure attitude in his suave vocal, tossing out lines like “got a text from you this afternoon.” In “Sexy Little Cool” he rocks the shuffle blues, using his distinctive gritty delivery to express his ardor that is intensified by his slithery slide guitar. A country two-beat powers the hypnotic locomotive chug of “Evening Train,” a classic blues theme about “getting home” that Gates steams up with fleet, twisting guitar lines. On his lusty tribute to “My Babe” he glides over the swinging shuffle beat before pouring out a liquid gold guitar solo. “Funkin’” down hard on the “one” in “Everyday,” he provides bass, organ and scratch guitar under his inspirational message of “You’ve gotta be better, you’ve got to be strong.”

The strutting title track finds Gates unequivocally expressing his “addiction” to the blues in startling graphic terms. He then changes pace to an unusual half-time feel on the churning slow blues of “You Should’ve Listened.” “I Never Knew” swings harder than Count Basie ever imagined as Gates slyly tells an ex-girlfriend, “I never knew things could be so good since you’ve been gone.” He turns the clock back with the 8-bar R&B of “Used Me Up,” his snaky slide guitar making a timeless statement. The toe-tapping instrumental “Road Shufflin’” spotlights his exceedingly tasty guitar work that always avoids gratuitous flash. Nonetheless, on “End of Time” he cuts loose with stunning fire and precision on the stomping shuffle. In contrast, “The Wisdom” closes the disk with a New Orleans second-line strut as Gates movingly pays tribute to his dearly departed family and friends.

The blues is a rich heritage that celebrates life in all of its glory and complexity. Phil Gates brings a fresh perspective and voice to America’s greatest native art form with the determination and talent to move it forward as a vital, living cultural treasure.

Dave Rubin, staff Writer, Guitar Edge Magazine

ADDICTED TO THE BLUES
STREET DATE: APRIL 27, 2010
SETAG MUSIC
DISTRIBUTED BY CD BABY

Though the word “funk” originally had odiferous origins, eventually the term became a high compliment for the “real thing,” as well as a form of syncopated dance music growing out of R&B. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Phil Gates is as real and funky as it gets, as amply demonstrated on his new release, Addicted To The Blues. Just as significantly, he is a totally hip blues cat, savvy in cutting edge recording technology and the latest online social networking.
Gates was born to the blues in a musical family in Chicago on April 21, 1962. By the third grade he was playing violin, clarinet and drums before following at age 12 in the guitar-picking footsteps of his older brother. Buddy Guy, Albert King and sixties rock guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Santana fueled his desire, as did jazz. Gates served in the Air Force 1980-85, working with high tech electronics and was also selected as guitarist the USAF “Tops in Blue” World Tour that performed at Superbowl XIX. From 1986-89 he was a sound engineer at a Texas jazz club, while a move to Los Angeles in 1989 to work in the aerospace industry afforded him the opportunity to produce and do session work. He released Party Time in 2000, Secret Passage in 2002, This Side of Me in 2005, created the film score for My Normal Life in 2006 and released Should I? in 2008. He also found time to write FAQ: Recording the Guitar for music book publisher Mel Bay in 2005.
Phil Gates

Gates wrote all 12 original tunes on his new disk while also contributing keyboards, bass and programming drums. “Get Around to Me” sets the table early with a sassy funk groove over which Gates leaps about nimbly on his guitar after exuding pure attitude in his suave vocal, tossing out lines like “got a text from you this afternoon.” In “Sexy Little Cool” he rocks the shuffle blues, using his distinctive gritty delivery to express his ardor that is intensified by his slithery slide guitar. A country two-beat powers the hypnotic locomotive chug of “Evening Train,” a classic blues theme about “getting home” that Gates steams up with fleet, twisting guitar lines. On his lusty tribute to “My Babe” he glides over the swinging shuffle beat before pouring out a liquid gold guitar solo. “Funkin’” down hard on the “one” in “Everyday,” he provides bass, organ and scratch guitar under his inspirational message of “You’ve gotta be better, you’ve got to be strong.”

The strutting title track finds Gates unequivocally expressing his “addiction” to the blues in startling graphic terms. He then changes pace to an unusual half-time feel on the churning slow blues of “You Should’ve Listened.” “I Never Knew” swings harder than Count Basie ever imagined as Gates slyly tells an ex-girlfriend, “I never knew things could be so good since you’ve been gone.” He turns the clock back with the 8-bar R&B of “Used Me Up,” his snaky slide guitar making a timeless statement. The toe-tapping instrumental “Road Shufflin’” spotlights his exceedingly tasty guitar work that always avoids gratuitous flash. Nonetheless, on “End of Time” he cuts loose with stunning fire and precision on the stomping shuffle. In contrast, “The Wisdom” closes the disk with a New Orleans second-line strut as Gates movingly pays tribute to his dearly departed family and friends.

The blues is a rich heritage that celebrates life in all of its glory and complexity. Phil Gates brings a fresh perspective and voice to America’s greatest native art form with the determination and talent to move it forward as a vital, living cultural treasure.

Dave Rubin, staff Writer, Guitar Edge Magazine

Phil Gates is participating in the Blind Raccoon and Earwig Music showcase taking place Friday, May 7 at Rum Boogie on Beale.
For more :

Website: http://www.philgates.com

Myspace:   http://www.myspace.com/philgatesmusic

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