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Keyboardist Jason Yates Hand-Picked to Tour U.S. in Citizen Cope’S Band

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Jason Yates
Los Angeles CA…The go-to keyboard / Hammond B3 organ player for Ben Harper, Natalie Merchant (Tigerlily), Macy Gray, Michael Franti and G. Love has once again been handpicked to round out Citizen Cope’s touring band which is gearing up to traverse the U.S. through the end of 2009. The next leg of dates are:


Sep 17 2009 9:00P Mystic Theatre Petaluma, California
Sep 18 2009 9:00P The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Sep 19 2009 9:00P The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Sep 22 2009 8:00P House of Blues West Hollywood, California
Sep 23 2009 8:30P House of Blues Anaheim, California
Sep 24 2009 9:00P Wave House San Diego, California
Sep 25 2009 8:00P Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Sep 27 2009 8:00P Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Sep 28 2009 9:00P Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Sep 29 2009 8:00P The Crossroads Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 01 2009 8:00P Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 03 2009 5:00P Austin City Limits Festival Austin, Texas
Oct 05 2009 9:00P Republic New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct 07 2009 9:00P Valarium Knoxville, Tennessee
Oct 08 2009 8:00P Live on the Green Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 09 2009 9:00P Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, North Carolina
Oct 10 2009 10:15P The National Richmond, Virginia

Yates will return from these dates just in time for the release of his self-titled Vapor Records album on October 13th.

If sharing a name with his album makes JASON YATES a definition of the man, Jason himself is less interested in the minutiae of such a definition than in its underlying essence. “There was always a certain way I wanted to play, no matter what band I was in,” Jason explains. “It had to be natural, and have a strong groove to it. When I was writing the songs on the new album, that idea was at the front of my mind the whole time.”

That groove traverses blues and rock, gospel and soul; it flirts with jazz and country. There’s a sense of space here, whether that space resonates with impressionistic guitar licks and Jason’s B3 on songs like “Nobody’so Far” and “Paper Tents,” or it’s filled only with the melancholy of the bare and beautiful closing track “Sing For You.”

To get the right feel for the new songs, Yates called on his L.A-based nucleus of Mark Lightcap (Acetone, Matmos), Oliver Charles (Ben Harper & Relentless7, Common, De La Soul) and Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band) to play on the sessions, with C.C. White (Ryan Adams, Edwin McCain, Ben Harper & Relentless7) on guest vocals and Marc Ford (The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Gov’t Mule) on guitar. They recorded live with virtually no overdubs at Manuel Nieto’s Estudio in East Los Angeles.

JASON YATES
JASON YATES
1. “My Way Out” (co-written with Leon Mobley)
2. “Nobody'so Far”
3. “Comin’ On Back”
4. “Paper Tents”
5. “I Run”
6. “To Reason”
7. “To Chance”
8. “Tear Drops”
9. “Sing For You” (co-written with Marc Ford)

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