love letters, redux

Our 14th full-length album, “Love Letters,” is complete! The album features a return to our classic, van Gogh Brothers roots-rock sound while continuing to push the boundaries of Americana into ‘70’s pop and ‘90’s rock. The 14 tracks include blistering rockers, heartbreak ballads and tongue-in-cheek odes like, “Jesus is Comin’ (to the Wrong Side of Town).” We are SO psyched!    The record was started in January 2017 in Malibu, California with the stated objective of writing “into” the van Gogh Brothers band. We stretched— we even added a 14-piece string section to one of the tracks— but we kept it centered around our core. Paul and Clayton stepped up vocal harmonies and arrangements while shaping the overall sound of the record (the string section was Clayton’s idea) into a coherent whole. David Minehan and I produced the album which was recorded and mixed at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham and Woodshed Recording in Malibu, with a few songs at drummer Marco Giovino’s home studio in Central Massachusetts.    The album chronicles the transition of my life in Malibu and Los Angeles back to New England, figuratively and literally, which was loaded with emotional and geographic scenery. We left the penultimate heartbreak track, “Late for the Love,” for the next record, and have literally had to make ourselves stop recording and mixing twice- once in 2018 and once this month!    We are finalizing video for the lead track, “Let You Love Again,” and will release the album over the summer. We hope to hear some of the tracks on independent and non-commercial radio stations in Boston and Western Massachusetts, as well as in the Nashville area. We resume live dates in September.    Best of all, we keep getting to create, and our long-standing publisher, Heavy Hitters, continues to place our music on TV. Life is good.    That’s all for now. May your midsummer nights be filled with love and joy.    XO    JC

Our 14th full-length album, “Love Letters,” is complete! The album features a return to our classic, van Gogh Brothers roots-rock sound while continuing to push the boundaries of Americana into ‘70’s pop and ‘90’s rock. The 14 tracks include blistering rockers, heartbreak ballads and tongue-in-cheek odes like, “Jesus is Comin’ (to the Wrong Side of Town).” We are SO psyched!

The record was started in January 2017 in Malibu, California with the stated objective of writing “into” the van Gogh Brothers band. We stretched— we even added a 14-piece string section to one of the tracks— but we kept it centered around our core. Paul and Clayton stepped up vocal harmonies and arrangements while shaping the overall sound of the record (the string section was Clayton’s idea) into a coherent whole. David Minehan and I produced the album which was recorded and mixed at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham and Woodshed Recording in Malibu, with a few songs at drummer Marco Giovino’s home studio in Central Massachusetts.

The album chronicles the transition of my life in Malibu and Los Angeles back to New England, figuratively and literally, which was loaded with emotional and geographic scenery. We left the penultimate heartbreak track, “Late for the Love,” for the next record, and have literally had to make ourselves stop recording and mixing twice- once in 2018 and once this month!

We are finalizing video for the lead track, “Let You Love Again,” and will release the album over the summer. We hope to hear some of the tracks on independent and non-commercial radio stations in Boston and Western Massachusetts, as well as in the Nashville area. We resume live dates in September.

Best of all, we keep getting to create, and our long-standing publisher, Heavy Hitters, continues to place our music on TV. Life is good.

That’s all for now. May your midsummer nights be filled with love and joy.

XO

JC

John Cate