Jeff Gates

To categorize Jeff Gates’ music would be like choosing one color to describe an entire range of mountains.  Jeff has written and performed volumes of tunes that run the gamut from good ol’ back porch blues to 80’s hair band rock.  His two latest CDs, ‘You Make Me’ (2011) and  ‘Colorblind Blues’ (2012), mix funky blues with pop rock. 

From an early age, Jeff knew that he wanted to play music, and because of his drive and determination, has done just that.  Jeff is a musician…not just someone who plays in a band occasionally, but a true musician.  As the owner of a recording studio, he can usually be found recording a band, teaching his students, or writing his own music.  When he is not in the studio, Jeff is performing; entertaining audiences with his brilliance on the guitar and his amusing banter on the mic.  His guitar style has been compared to Hendrix, Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his voice likened to the raspy sounds of Bob Seger and Bryan Adams.  Jeff’s style may bring to mind these other musicians, but his original songs and his passion for music set him aside as a one-of-a-kind.   There certainly is a wealth of talent contained in this enthusiastic individual.  




noun: band; plural noun: bands
1. a group of people who have a common interest or purpose.
The Jeff Gates Band is just as the definition implies.  The 'group with the common interest' are musical friends who have been with Jeff through thick and thin. From keyboardists to drummers to bass players to featured guitarists, and even harp players, the JGB has had many incarnations.  Local names such as Jimmy 'Grub' Thornburg on keys, Scottie Thomas on drums, Chris Cash on bass, Shag Stepp on harp, Bo Baity on guitars and bass, DeWarren Tate on bass just to name a few, who might be at any given gig.  
The current lineup is most often three-piece, with Jeff on guitars and vocals, Tracy Littlejohn on drums and Art Mauney on bass,  a la Hendrix, ZZ Top, SRV.
Tracy hails from Upstate SC and is among the most well-known drummers in both popular live music venues and churches in that area.  Tracy works playing drums nearly every day, if he's not at church or on stage he's in the studio.
Art has been a musician since he was ten years old; he became a professional at the age of 17.  His performing career in music has been paralleled his entire life by his hard work in the retail side of music.  He has covered every retail job from Washburn guitar rep to general manager of several top national music stores.  Art's session work ranges from the venerable Charlotte Reflections Studio to the humble Soul Shack Studio.
Both of these gentlemen are variable masters at what they do.