Phil Gates

Phil Gates

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Mix Chicago Blues, with the energy of a power plant, and you’ll have the Phil Gates Band. Winner of both 2008 SoCal Regional IBC, and Beale Street Blues Kings awards, with Phil Gates, Guitar / Vocals, Danny Ritter -Drums, Lynne Davis -Bass, a night of Blues is on tap

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PHIL GATES ~ 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, IL. 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

TRACK NOTES

Get Around To Me
A man wonders when his girlfriend will finally have time for him and the relationship. Matt Forger who has engineered on projects with Michael Jackson and many others mixed this song.

Sexy Little Cool
This is a shuffle song about a man who is completely involved with a girl who has this incredibly irresistible vibe; a “Sexy Little Cool”. I dig playing slide guitar, so I got to get some in here.

Evening Train
It’s about a factory worker who was glad to have the work, but equally glad to leave work everyday. I used to do audio post, so the train sample I had on hand. A train style blues with a western touch.

My Babe
A song about a woman very close to me in my life, and how good that feels. This song is inspired by the early blues Greats in a short style, pocket groove song. Used my old 1971 Fender Strat on this one.

Everyday
This is about our job to continually make things in our lives better. Our relationships, dreams, jobs, you name it. It couldn’t hurt. I had fun with a little wah pedal on this one, and funk styled guitar lines.

Addicted To The Blues
In the vernacular of an addicted person (not autobiographically), I discuss my unending desire to play the blues. A fun little play on word song to explain my passion for th

Lyrics

Take It Out

Written By: Phil Gates

Take it Out
©1999 Phil Gates

You’ve got things that you’ve got to stay away from
I’ve got things that I’ve got to get away from
Our skeletons are chains around our hearts now
And we know that it’s draggin’ us down
Oh No,
We can work it out

We’ve got things that we’ve got to do together
Talk about it honey we can make it better
I know
We can work it out

Oh, let it go,
Oh, let it go
Just take it out

People say that they’re trapped inside a box now
People worry ‘bout what others may say
They don’t know if they listen to their hearts now
That Vision will pave their way
Oh No,
They can work it out

Clear your mind take out all that trash now
And you’ll find you can go on your own
Oh No,
You can work it out

Oh, let it go,
Oh, let it go
Just take it out

I'm Lost

Written By: Phil Gates

Phil Gates
“I’m Lost”

Hard Times
Wouldn’t leave us
They Came to visit and they stayed
Our hearts were in the right place
But our words got in the way

You said
You can’t take it
You don’t want this anymore
So I said
“You can leave it”
I watched you walk right out my door

Now I’m Lost, in a river
I’m Lost, in a sea
I’m Lost, in an ocean
Of despair, without you here with me

You’re gone
It’s so quiet
Will I ever heal this wound?
I hear
Distant echoes
Of your voice in my room

My attempt
To misplace you
To lose sight of your face
My eyes
Won’t lose focus
It’s your love, that I can’t replace

Now I’m Lost, in a river
I’m Lost, in a sea
I’m Lost, in an ocean
Of despair, without you here with me

Solo:

Hard Times
Wouldn’t leave us
They Came to visit and they stayed
Our hearts were in the right place
But our words got in the way

You said
You can’t take it
You don’t want this anymore
So I said
“You can leave it”
I watched you walk right out my door

Now I’m Lost, in a river
I’m Lost, in a sea
I’m Lost, in an ocean
Of despair, without you here with me

Discography

Phil Gates - Addicted To The Blues
Phil Gates - This Side of Me
Phil Gates - Music from the film "My Normal Life"
Phil Gates - Should I?

Set List

Typical Set lists include originals by Phil Gates, and covers by Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Rory Gallagher, Bonnie Raitt, Robben Ford, Delbert Mc Clinton, Powder Blues, Kirk Whalum, etc. We have four one-hour sets at the ready.