Jeff Bates releases new single
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
– Jeff Bates released a new single from his new self-titled album "Riverbank." The song, which Bates co-wrote with Kirk Roth and Robert Arthur, recalls time he spent with his father.
"Daddy would take me back through the woods to the river," Bates said. "Sometimes we'd set out hooks and catch these huge catfish. We'd take them home and clean them, and Mama would fry them up for supper. Those were some of the best times of my life. Just Daddy and me on the riverbank."
The first single was "Don't Hate Me For Loving You." Its companion music video continues to air on both CMT and GAC and has spent 5 weeks at number 1 on CMT Pure Country's "Pure 12-Pack."
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