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Editors’ Notes

There’s always room in country music for a burly-voiced Southern boy who knows how to treat a woman right and Jeff Bates handles the part with ease on Leave the Light On. Comparisons with fellow Mississippi native Conway Twitty are unavoidable here — the same tender baritone bravura that made Twitty a legend is present in Bates’ chasm-deep style. With a smooth drawl and a sure touch, he turns “Long, Slow Kisses” and the title track into convincing bedroom ballads. Jeff knows how to have fun with his persona as well, batting about double entendres in “Hands On Man” and a steamy remake of Billy “Crash” Craddock’s 1974 hit “Rub It In.” He’s even better when he flashes his ornery side on the sly “That’ll Get You Ten.” Bates pulls off archly sentimental stuff like “Mama Was a Lot Like Jesus” (it’s better than its title, honest!) with a measure at dignity. Worth special praise is “One Second Chance,” a sensitive account of an ex-con’s struggles that touches upon Bates’ own youthful encounters with the law. Leave the Light On shows Bates moving beyond his ladies’ man role without unduly roughing up his image.

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redneck8635

That Conway sound . This is a non tribute album to Conway but when you close your eyes listen to the sounds of Conway Twitty come through those speakers. Then slip off your shoes and grab your favorite dance partner and let the sounds move your feet.Awesome sound from the past to our future of Country music. Great!!

You gotta love em

This guy is my cousin!

Biography

Born: September 19, 1963 in Bunker Hill, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Jeff Bates was only 17 when he entered a honky tonk in his hometown of Bunker Hill, MS. He wasn't there for the smoking, drinking, or rabble-rousing; he was there to audition, hoping to land a show or two. The audience went wild for his voice — a mix of Barry White, Elvis Presley, and Otis Redding — and before he knew it, Bates was offered a six-nights-a-week gig. All signs pointed to Nashville, but before he would get there, Bates had to battle a crippling methamphetamine addiction that...
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