Thursday, February 21, 2008
– Jeff Bates, of "Long, Slow Kisses" and "I Wanna Make You Cry" fame, returns April 8 with a new, self-titled disc. The CD - the first release from Black River Music Group label - contains 13 cuts,including 10 by Bates.
"It's the most honest and accurate representation of me and my music yet," Bates said.
Jimmy Nichols, who co-produced the album with Kenny Beard and Mickey Jack Cones, said, "Working with Jeff on this new album reminded me of why I came to Nashville - great songs, great singing and passion for the music. Jeff is the future of country music, but he never lets us forget its past."
To sharpen his lyrical voice, Bates teamed on with co-writers Lonnie Wilson, Kim Williams, Ben Hayslip, Brandon Kinney, Jimmy Yeary, Robert Arthur, Kirk Roth, Jim McCormick, Jason Matthews and Kenny Beard. Paul Overstreet, Deborah Allen, Frank Rogers and Casey Beathard also contributed songs.
A native of Mississippi, Bates signed with RCA Records in 2002. He released
"Rainbow Man" in 2003 and "Leave The Light On" in 2006. He had seven charting singles: "The Love Song," "Rainbow Man," "I Wanna Make You Cry," "Long, Slow Kisses," "Good People," "No Shame" and "One Second Chance."
The first single from the new album will be the driving up-tempo "Don't Hate Me For Loving You," out Feb. 25.
Black River Music Group signed Bates last year as its flagship artist. Sarah Darling has since signed to its label and publishing roster.