The Cate Brothers in Concert
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Times: 7 p.m.
Location: Branson Landing Town Square
Don’t miss this Special THURSDAY NIGHT Concert at Branson Landing starting at 7pm in front of the fountains, featuring the amazing Cate Brothers! The Cate Brothers, identical twins Earl and Ernie, exemplify the country-style rock and roll that flourishes in the Ozark Mountains area of northwest Arkansas. Although best known for country music, the Cates added rock and roll to their approach in a distinctly unpretentious way, inheriting the legacy of some of the earliest Arkansas rockabilly performers.
The Cates were born in Fayetteville and grew up in Springdale and although not born to a musical family, the Cates taught themselves how to play and were heavily influenced during their teenage years by Hawkins, whose ever-changing band, the Hawks, was at that time composed of the personnel who eventually became famous as Bob Dylan’s backup ensemble, the Band: pianist Richard Manuel, keyboardist Garth Hudson, drummer Levon Helm, and guitarist Robbie Robertson. The Cates have remained close to the northwest Arkansas area and remain true to their musical roots in that theirs is a “country soul” unit, and they are masters of a kind of rhythmic eclecticism that is native to the cultural territory from which it emerged, bounded generationally by Bob Wills’s western swing and the Band’s blend of hillbilly simplicity and blues depth and incorporating both styles into their own music.
The Cates have earned a devoted following of their own and have continued to release albums, including Radioland (1995), Struck a Vein (1997), and Cate Brothers Band Live (1999) and to this day, they remain a well-respected regional band among their peers in the music world and have carried the northwest Arkansas style of classic rock into the twenty-first century.