Cate Brothers, The

Band members               Related acts

- Earl Cate - vocals, guitar

- Ernie Cate - vocals, keyboards



- none known





Genre: rock

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The Cate Brothers

Company: Asylum

Catalog: 7E-1050

Year: 1975

Country/State: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: 2

GEMM catalog ID: 4611

Price: $8.00

Cost: $66.00


Timing and plain old fashioned luck seem to be of the ingredients that routinely make or break musicians.   Unfortunately, over a five year career, twin brothers Earl and Ernie Cate haven't had all that much of either.  


Born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, The Cates started their professional musical careers as members of The Dell-Rays. By the mid-1970s they'd decided to strike out on their own and at the suggestion of then manager Ron Stone, the brothers headed for Los Angeles.


Signed by Asylum Records, 1975's cleverly-titled "The Cate Brothers" teamed the brothers with producer Steve Cropper and an all star cast of sessions players including Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Levon Helm and Timothy B. Schmidt. Featuring all original material, the album offered up a wonderful mix of blues, country, rock and blue-eyed soul.  Yeah, that's a pretty lame description, but propelled by the brothers' gutsy voices you just have to hear something like 'Union Man' or 'I Just Wanna Sing' to understand how well they mix the genres.  Asylum quickly released a pair of singles; both which went top-40:


- 1975's 'Union Man' b/w 'Easy Way Out' (Asylum catalog number 45294)

- 1976's 'Can't Change My Heart' b/w '' (Asylum catalog number)


The singles and a series of tours opening for acts like The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and Boz Scaggs generated considerable publicity, leading to slots on American Bandstand and The Midnight Special.


"The Cate Brothers" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Time For Us  - 3:51

2.) Union Man - 4:48

3.) Standin' On a Mountain Top - 4:16

4.) Always Waiting - 3:11

5.) When Love Comes - 3:53


(side 2)
1.) I Just Wanna Sing - 4:46

2.) Can't Change My Heart = 2:48

3.) Easy Way Out - 3:53

4.) Lady Luck - 4:54

5.) Livin' On Dreams - 3:43