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Jeff Bates releases new disc in April

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.

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In this time of faux outlaws, Jeff Bates is a refreshing real deal. His back story reads like a Johnny Cash song - abandoned as a baby, raised by sharecroppers, Bates has endured three marriages, a drug habit and some time in jail for grand larceny. But that's nothing compared to the crime against esthetics that his art director is guilty of - picking a CD cover photo that's a dead ringer for Garth Brooks' ill-fated alter ego Chris Gaines. Bates' music doesn't »»»
Leave the Light On CD review - Leave the Light On
David Allan Coe just might think Jeff Bates' second CD is the perfect country and western al-bum, since he's got songs about Mama ("Mama Was a Lot Like Jesus") and prison ("That'll Get You Ten") and prisoners who want to drive trucks ("One Second Chance.") It's true Bates doesn't have much to say about trains or getting drunk, but maybe the fact that he's actually been behind bars will give him enough outlaw extra credit to make up for that lapse. It's all academic because Coe's crowd is »»»
Rainbow Man
Jeff Bates has a heck of a story - given up for adoption, he grew up in Mississippi, worked on an oil rig and as a carpenter, and even spent time in jail on drug charges before getting his first cuts as a songwriter and, eventually, his own record deal - but more importantly, he has a heck of a voice. With his deep, powerful baritone, he's an aural dead ringer for Conway Twitty, and the singer isn't afraid to exploit the resemblance - not, as Jerry Seinfeld would say, that there's anything wrong with that. »»»