John adds spice to the all-van Gogh Brothers line-up and stretches into new territory with this fresh acoustic EP teaser. Annie Clements (Sugarland) joins John on vocals and bass; Steve Sadler contributes acoustic guitar & dobro; Cameron Stone (Madonna) returns on cellos; Joe Kessler makes his cameo on violin, and Dave Mattacks (George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson) plays percussion.
“I immediately thought of the Beatles” – Top LA-based Music Supervisor (undisclosed)
The Wonder Show
“Wild Way” is the 8th full-length CD by John Cate & the van Gogh Brothers
Co-produced with Rob Fraboni (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt) the van Gogh Brothers (John Cate and Paul Candilore) have created 12 new songs for “Two Brothers,” their sixth full-length CD.
John Cate handles lead vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion, including family-size washboard; Paul Candilore is on electric guitars, lap steel, vocals and percussion; Jay FitzGibbons is on drums; George Ricele (Bob Dylan) guests on percussion; Paul Kohanski (Swinging Steaks), Clayton “Bob” Young and Neil Helme share bass duties; Andy Plaisted (Swinging Steaks, Dennis Brennan) guests on drums; Jimmy Ryan (Catie Curtis, Blood Oranges, Jimmy Ryan Band) guests on mandolin & mandocello; Jim Gambino (Swinging Steaks) guests on organ and piano; Steve Latt debuts with the band on fiddle. Key tracks: Goodbye Baby (featured in episode #3 of Dawson’s Creek) Pinebox Walk, Vicious Game, (When the) Phone Don’t Ring.
“V kicks right in with a repertoire of solid rockers like ‘Let You Run’ and ‘Television’ to get your blood flowing, peppered occasionally by mellow rollers to let you breathe and center. Check out the infusions of tambourine in ‘Without You,’ mandolin on ‘I Will Be Ready,’ or the harmonica in the Jaggeresque ‘Outsider’ and the sweet journey ballad, ‘Longer Way.’” – Miles of Music
John Cate Band
“Shades of John Lennon and Roy Orbison”
“Cate’s voice may be closer to an earthier Mellencamp, but “Standin’ Here Alone” shares Orbison’s affinity for soaring melodies and Tom Petty’s love for harmonica-drenched folk-rock arrangements. “Invisible Man” manages to capture some of Lennon’s caustic solo attitude without sounding overly Beatle-y. Like Lennon, Cate was born in Liverpool, but he was raised mostly in the US. Perhaps that’s why his music so effectively straddles both sides of the pond in a first-rate roots-rock fashion.” – CMJ
Never Lookin’ Back
“… the John Cate Band attack the material with the drive of perfectionists looking for an intangible refined sound like the surfers in The Endless Summer were seeking the perfect wave…” – All Music Guide.
“It’s commendable that an independent artist would release such an introspective album; as the Dylan and Springsteen types know, these kinds of projects reach a limited audience, but if Cate and his bandmates reach a higher level of success, this beautifully packaged material will be appreciated down the road.” – All Music Guide