The Cate Brothers
are the singer-songwriter
-musician duo of Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas
, who in the mid 1960s became performers of southern soul music at clubs and dances throughout the regional South of the United States. Both brothers are singers, with Earl on guitar and Ernie on piano. They became prolific recording artists during the mid to late 1970s, and again since the mid 1990s.
In their 1950s Fayetteville hometown, where rock pioneer Ronnie Hawkins
had also grown up during the 1940s, Hawkins owned and operated the Rockwood Club. There, some of Rock music's earliest pioneers came to play, including Jerry Lee Lewis
, Carl Perkins
, Roy Orbison
and Conway Twitty
During the late 1950s the Cates associated with Hawkins and his original band members in Arkansas, known as the Hawks, including Hawks drummer Levon Helm
. After 1958 Helm and Hawkins left, and settled in Canada, where they went on to form the core of the group The Band
In 1975 Levon Helm introduced the Cates to a record company representative in Los Angeles. The Cates soon after received a recording contract with Asylum Records
, and so began their recording career.
Their 1975 debut self-titled album was produced by guitarist Steve Cropper
, who also appeared on the record along with Levon Helm, Donald "Duck" Dunn
bass guitarist Timothy B. Schmit
, who later joined the Eagles
Two more albums followed in 1976 and 1977.
In 1979 they... Read More