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Broken tailbone doesn't stop Jeff Bates

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 – Jeff Bates may have broken his tailbone the day before in a fall, but that didn't stop him from performing last Friday at a Country Radio Seminar show in Nashville.

Bates opened the New Faces show, but the day before, he fell outside the Renaissance Hotel, resulting in the injury. Her performed for 20 minutes, singing a medley of "Long, Slow Kisses," "I Wanna Make You Cry" and "The Love Song," plus songs from his upcoming release, "Leave The Light On," including the rockin' "That'll Get You Ten," the Billy "Crash" Craddock classic "Rub It In" and his new single "No Shame."

The new disc drops on RCA Records April 11.

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Jeff Bates CD review - Jeff Bates
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. »»»