Bill Copeland Music News / X

John Cate And The Van Gogh Brothers have released their tenth album, appropriately titled X, the Roman numeral for the ten. There is a lot of down home charm on this appealing blend of roots and country rock. Cate sings with a natural grit and sincerity, and he balances his vocals with plenty of feisty, punchy, unadorned instrumentation. Lyrically, Cate […]

Steve Morse / X

John Cate has been through a period of rebirth and renewal — and it’s engagingly apparent in his new album with the van Gogh Brothers, “X.” The title may be cryptic, but the music is open-hearted all the way, as Cate picks up the pieces and moves on with dignity intact. The all-original material touches upon Tom Petty-like hard-pop grooves and some gorgeous […]

All Music Guide / Never Lookin’ Back

Posted on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

“One Last Mile” gives a loud kick as the third album from John Cate, Never Lookin’ Back, opens with Searchers riffs and Ventures style guitars, the image of the four men coming down what looks like church steps on the front and back cover of the CD making for a mysterious movie-type photo. Cate does his best Dylan on “This […]

Boston Globe / Live at the House of Blues

Posted on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

Amid mainstream acts, talent shines through Record producer Anthony J. Resta has worked on eight gold and platinum albums by international acts such as Duran Duran and Collective Soul. He is also trying to spice up the Boston scene with his Chelmsford-based Studio Bopnique Musique, embracing a variety of local musicians who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Some might […]

Miles of Music / V

Posted on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

There’s a new vein becoming apparent in the folk music heard these days. A fine blending of traditional styles and instruments with solid components of modern rock has been demanding attention in a louder voice. The sound, deemed part ‘americana/american roots’, and part ‘roots rock’ music by most of the artists who live and perform it, is fresh, but comfortable. […]

Mojo / V

Posted on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

Tom Petty doing his best Dylan, John Couger Mellencamp and early Steve Earle come to mind listening to Boston-based Cate’s album (his fifth, apparently). His songs, featuring a solid roots-rock band, are mostly about love, particularly love gone wrong, and mostly mid-tempo to upbeat, (he’s less convincing on slow ballads like May the Road Rise to Meet You). Highlights: engaging […]

CMJ / John Cate Band

Posted on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

Though the John Cate Band is essentially a sizzling Americana outfit, it’s impossible to deny the shades of John Lennon and Roy Orbison that permeate its sound. 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,” a song about a […]

All Music Guide – Livin in the Moment

Posted on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

John Cate’s fascination with the Beatles brings out his best singing and songwriting to date on this exquisite album of memorable music that has drama, hooks, and the precision playing you’ve come to expect from him and his crew. The difference here is that by moving from the earthier sounds of his four albums released between 1996 and 2001 and […]