Published Aug 29, 2011Steve Gates of Halifax's Caledonia is venturing into the world of solo singer-songwriters. His debut release, titled Hello Jesus, is set to be released October 18 independently.
The EP was recorded in his apartment and then mixed John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliot Brood). It features four tracks, including a cover of "Always on My Mind" with Catherine Maclellan (the song was originally by Brenda Lee and made famous by Willie Nelson) and a tribute to the missing women of Highway 16 in British Columbia ("Highway of Tears").
You can listen to the EP's title track below. According to the press release, "Hello Jesus" is one of Gates's first songs and was written years ago while busking on Vancouver's Granville Island. "It is a mildly blasphemous love song dedicated to the city of Halifax with the friendly wit of a John Prine song," the release adds.
Gates is set to tour in support of the Hello Jesus EP in select Canadian cities this fall. He's also gearing up for a full-length, which is to be released in 2012.
1. "Bright Blue Candy Suns"
2. "Hello Jesus"
3. "You Were Always on My Mind" (ft. Catherine Maclellan)
4. "Highway of Tears"
Steve Gates - Hello Jesus by killbeat music