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EDITORS’ NOTES

This EP is Mastered for iTunes. Nashville native Greg Bates is a young country artist following in the old-school traditions of such icons as Alan Jackson, George Strait and Dwight Yoakum. His self-titled debut EP boasts skilled songcraft, down-home vocals and polished, radio-friendly production. Writing or co-writing all five tunes, Bates avoids rebel posturing in favor of songs embracing love, family and the call of the road. The single “Did It For the Girl” shows off his way with an open-hearted love anthem, tossing in a salute to Strait’s 1982 hit “Marina Del Ray” for good measure. Also on the romantic side are “Fill in the Blank” (a teasingly sexy tune that could be this season’s answer to Brad Paisley’s “Ticks”) and “Lost in Caroline” (a ballad celebrating the joys of warm love on a cold night). Bates puts some drive into his country sound with the galloping “Go Time” and offers a sensitive portrait of a younger sibling in “Brothers.” All told, Bates shows considerable maturity and confidence in these tracks, marking him as one of country’s more promising newcomers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This EP is Mastered for iTunes. Nashville native Greg Bates is a young country artist following in the old-school traditions of such icons as Alan Jackson, George Strait and Dwight Yoakum. His self-titled debut EP boasts skilled songcraft, down-home vocals and polished, radio-friendly production. Writing or co-writing all five tunes, Bates avoids rebel posturing in favor of songs embracing love, family and the call of the road. The single “Did It For the Girl” shows off his way with an open-hearted love anthem, tossing in a salute to Strait’s 1982 hit “Marina Del Ray” for good measure. Also on the romantic side are “Fill in the Blank” (a teasingly sexy tune that could be this season’s answer to Brad Paisley’s “Ticks”) and “Lost in Caroline” (a ballad celebrating the joys of warm love on a cold night). Bates puts some drive into his country sound with the galloping “Go Time” and offers a sensitive portrait of a younger sibling in “Brothers.” All told, Bates shows considerable maturity and confidence in these tracks, marking him as one of country’s more promising newcomers.

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About Greg Bates

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Greg Bates was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the heart, soul, and center of country music. He grew up with country music, from songwriter rounds to charity nights to local dances, and he quickly developed the chops as a writer and singer to fit right in with that city's long and cherished musical history. Influenced by George Strait, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam, the so-called new traditionalists of the '90s, Bates absorbed it all while also working toward a degree in music business at Belmont University, playing his first showcase when he was a freshman. By the time he graduated, Bates had already been meeting with publishers interested in his songs. A true product of Music City, Bates understood the craft and benefits involved in writing a good song, and he focused there, even though he had evolved into a very good singer and performer with a winning stage presence and a growing fan base, enough to earn him a debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in April of 2012. With Bates now signed to Republic Nashville, his debut single, the Jimmy Ritchey-produced "Did It for the Girl," hit the airwaves later that same month, with a full album, also produced by Ritchey, slated to follow. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • BORN
    Sep 25, 1987

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