Winter Winter, Turkey dinner

Trucking along. Staying on the mission even though it’s a marathon. Everybody’s got a lot going on, deviating from the norm, slaying the dragon, going bald. I am supremely grateful that I get to lead a creative life. I can’t do it without my family, my friends, and an audience of superior supporters! Thanks! I’ve…

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The Bates Update: May The Fourth Be With You

Well now, it’s Star Wars Day in my world and the legendary bassist, Ron Carter’s 85th birthday. World’s collide and it all makes sense to me. Spring is schpringin’ and you can feel the energy of people getting back out in the world and doing stuff. My magnolia tree is getting ready to bloom and…

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RE-Bates Update

Well all I can say is, it’s been a long time and a LOT has happened in our world. Totally still here, living life. The family is good. I’m making music, working a PT job at Torpedo / Cronkhite, and also selling these bags as a dealer. My Company is called Bags Groove Music. SO…

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Red 5, Framework and a new album!

Good day everyone! Lots of activities in the last few weeks. The two big album release gigs with Framework and the Zacc Harris Group were a real joy and I thank everyone who came to those shows for your support. I also had a really stellar night with Tatsuya Nakatani and Nathan Hanson at Icehouse…

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Framework CD Release Party!

Greetings! In case you haven’t heard; on Friday, 8/27 Shifting Paradigm Records released the new Framework ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ album! Thursday 9/9 we are having a CD release party at the Icehouse. 7:30 pm  $16  All Ages I hope you will consider joining us to celebrate this new music. Jay, Chris, and I are very excited…

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Big News! 3 shows! Website relaunch!

Taller Tales CD cover

THE BATES UPDATE Hey now! It’s summer 2021 and we’re starting to get back into the swing of things. Caution and vigilance remain necessary as Covid is STILL HERE; but, for those who are feeling confident and/or adventurous live music is returning and I’m looking forward to seeing you at shows. Please say hi! While…

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Atlantis Quartet Livestream Concert

Hello everyone! It’s been a good long while since I updated so I do hope this message finds you and your families, loved ones, and pets all in good health. Here we are approximately one year since the first Coronavirus cases appeared in the USA and we’re still dealing with a raging pandemic. It has…

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Bates Update FALL 2020

Wow. It’s just wow. So many things have changed, and shifted, and generally gone askew that I will just say; Here we are. We’re still here. Getting up everyday and working on the work that needs to be worked on. For me that’s still music but not at the pace or intensity that it once…

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Bates Update Artist In Residence Edition

Hello! Needless to say, is it a very incredible(!!!????) time to be a human being on planet earth? I really do hope that all of you are staying healthy and balanced during this situation. I have been overwhelmed at times, so I’m right here with you. I am not going to spend any time here pontificating…

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March into Music

Is it really almost spring? Time is flying by so fast and the world seems to be getting even faster every day! I know I’ve touched on this topic before but it does seem to be a dominant feeling out in the world so it deserves our attention. We have unprecedented access to information and…

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