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Be thankful for this rare treat: The Cate Brothers!Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 6:09 PM
Earl Cate and David Renko, two of the Cate Brothers band, perform back in 2007. The two also are part of Earl's newer band, Earl and Them. Renko lives in Eureka Springs.
These twin brothers, in case you don't know, became nationally known after they began gaining fame around the South in the mid-1960s. Earl, who plays guitar, and Ernie, a pianist, are both great vocalists, and they were critically acclaimed for their recording prowess during the mid- to late '70s.
The Cates got their start playing with Ronnie Hawkins and his Hawks in the 1950s in Fayetteville, including drummer Levon Helm. After Helm and Hawkins moved away and started The Band, the Cates -- with a little help and a few introductions from their friend Levon -- signed a recording contract with Asylum Records back in 1975. Their debut album was produced by guitarist Steve Cropper and featured, among others, Timothy B. Schmidt, who later joined the Eagles. Two more albums followed the next two years, and they appeared on "American Bandstand" and "Midnight Special," to great reviews from fans and critics alike.
In 1979, the Cate Brothers saw their greatest commercial success so far, appearing on PBS's "Austin City Limits," and releasing their fourth album, "Fire on the Tracks," which hit No. 24 on the Billboard rock charts, mostly off the success of the hit single, "Union Man." Here's a video of them performing this track, just a few years ago:
In the early '80s, the brothers joined Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in a revival of The Band, while their recording career went on hiatus for about a decade. In the mid-1990s, they released several independent albums. They also performed at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball at the request of the newly elected leader, alongside Bob Dylan, The Band, Steven Stills and many others.
Ernie "officially" retired in 2006, but they still play a few shows together each year. And these guys do not mess around when they play their laid-back style of classic blues and rock, and they are very, very good at what they do: Earl Cate was listed in Steve Cropper's Top Ten Guitar Players of All Time, for example.
Eureka's own David Renko is likely to be sitting in, since he has been playing saxophone with the Cate Brothers for 20 years.
The Cate Brothers' show at Chelsea's starts about 9:30 p.m.; admission is $5 and ages 21 and up will be admitted.
Following is the schedule of live entertainment for Eureka Springs venues for the coming weekend:
THURSDAY, NOV. 22
* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, 1 p.m.
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 4 p.m.; Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Thanksgiving Day buffet
* Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown featuring Bloody Buddy and Friends, 7:30 p.m.; Thanksgiving Feast all day featuring Tony's Cajun deep-fried turkey
FRIDAY, NOV. 23
* Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m.
* Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Richard Burnett and Friends, 8 p.m.
* Chaser's, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-253-5522: Dance party with DJ, 8 p.m.
* Chelsea's: The Cate Brothers, 9:30 p.m.
* Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-253-7020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Tightrope, 9 p.m.
* The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Black Friday R&R all day long
* New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-253-2525: Jason Gordon, 6:30 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: Rowdy's Jukebox, 7 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Rockin' with DJ Mark, 7 p.m.
* Squid & Whale: The Seth Freeman Band, 8 p.m.
* Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63A Spring St., 479-363-6595: The Bawdy Beggars Roadshow! featuring Miss Lola Van Ella, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV 24
* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Richard Burnett and Friends, 8 p.m.
* Chaser's: Slam Boxx, 9 p.m.
* Chelsea's: Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu, 9 p.m.
* Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Chad Emmert Band, 9 p.m.
* The Lumberyard: DJ, Karaoke and Dance, 9 p.m.
* New Delhi Cafe: Jason Gordon, 6:30 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Den: Jesse Dean, 7 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Karaoke with Tiny, 7 p.m.
* Squid and Whale: The Brick Fields Blues Band, 8 p.m.
* Voulez-Vous Lounge: The Bawdy Beggars Roadshow! featuring Miss Lola Van Ella, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV 25
* Chelsea's: Steve & Chuck Swing, 4-8 p.m.
* Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close
* New Delhi Cafe: Skillet Lickers, 11:30 a.m.
* Squid and Whale: "Local Kine" Local Musicians Showcase, 6:30 p.m.
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Carroll County News Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall is a longtime music writer and live music follower in Arkansas. In addition to her full-time journalism career, as a hobby she has formerly has covered live music around the state for Citiscapes magazine in Fayetteville; the statewide Celebrate Arkansas magazine based in Rogers; The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; Little Rock entertainment website Do501.com; LoveLiveMusic.com; KATV Channel 7's "Good Morning Arkansas"; and Nightflying, the statewide entertainment monthly; as well as her own music blog formerly located at http://mojo-management.com/kstarsmusicblog. With Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Music Blog, she now writes about live music primarily in the Eureka Springs and Carroll County regions, and includes major shows coming to nearby areas such as Fayetteville and Branson as well.
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