Steve Gates Announces Debut Solo Album, Canadian Tour

Steve Gates Announces Debut Solo Album, Canadian Tour
Following last fall's Hello Jesus EP, Caledonia member Steve Gates will continue with his budding solo career when he delivers his debut LP A Bee in Her Mouth later this month. The Haligonian singer-songwriter's latest affair arrives independently on February 28.

A press release explains that the recording sessions for A Bee in Her Mouth started a day after Gates saw Daniel Lanois speak about trusting themselves in the studios, and apparently Lanois left an impression on the younger musician both as a producer and as a songwriter. The 12-song outing is described as having "harmonies reminiscent of The Band and the ambience of a Lanois record."

Gates tracked the LP with producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood) in a makeshift studio set up in a Halifax apartment, and the solo musician invited a number of local friends to participate. Included on the record are Jenn Grant and In-flight Safety member Daniel Ledwell on "Something New," while members of Caledonia pop up on tracks as well. You can check out a stream of the folksy opening number "Proud Convey It" down below.

Kris Pope (Acres and Acres, Jenn Grant) and Adam Fine (Gypsophila) are also featured on a A Bee in Her Mouth, and the pair will back up Gates on his upcoming North American tour. The trip starts off in Western Canada in early March, with a handful of dates spread across Alberta and British Columbia. Gates will, however, hit up Ontario and Quebec before returning to the Maritimes, capping everything off with a performance in Chester, NS. You can see the schedule down below.

A Bee In Her Mouth:

1. Proud Convey It

2. Godforsaken

3. Bright Blue Candy Suns

4. Lost Balloons

5. Five White Tigers

6. Keepinʼ People Out

7. Hello Jesus

8. A Bee In Her Mouth

9. Something New

10. Darlinʼ

11. Tonight

12. Down To The River

Tour dates:

3/1 Jasper, AB - Olive Bistro
3/3 Golden, BC - Crooked Antler
3/4 Revelstoke, BC -  The Last Drop
3/6 Fernie, BC - The Arts Station
3/7 Rossland, BC - Rafters Lounge
3/9 Invermere, BC - Strand's Old House Restaurant
3/10 Kelowna, BC - Streaming Café
3/13 Fairmont Hot Springs, BC - Smoking Water Coffee Co.
3/15 Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
3/17 Lethbridge, AB - Owl Acoustic Lounge
3/18 Calgary, AB - TBA
4/21 Halifax, NS - Company House
4/27 Montreal, QC - Burritoville
4/29 Guelph, ON - Cornerstone Café
4/30 Hamilton, ON - TBA
5/2 Toronto, ON - Supermarket
5/3 Peterborough, ON - The Montreal House
5/4 London, ON - East Village Arts Coop
5/5-6 Schenectady, NY - Moon & River Café
5/8 Woodstock, NY - Harmony Music
5/11 Burlington, VT - Skinny Pancake
5/12 Somerville, MA -   Arts at the Armory (Market)
5/12 Somerville, MA -Arts at the Armory (Café)
5/13 Montpelier, VT - Skinny Pancake
5/20 Breadelbane, PEI - Funk The Dunk
5/26 Chester, NS - The Playhouse

Steve Gates - Proud Convey It by killbeat music