Debut single from Dave Yates

yatesDave Yates is a well-known bluegrass figure in East Tennessee. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the bluegrass program at ETSU since 1999, and is a recognized performer from Bristol to Johnson City to Asheville, NC and beyond. If you buy an album recorded in that general vicinity, there’s a fair chance Yates is on it, as he’s a first call studio guy on all the bluegrass instruments.

On May 12, his second solo project is set for release. It’s a 4 song EP album called Cardboard In Her Shoes. Dave wrote all four tracks, on which he plays guitar and sings, assisted by Darrell Webb and Adam Steffey on mandolin, Barry Bales on bass, and Hunter Berry on fiddle. Shawn Lane and Wayne Taylor from Blue Highway provide harmory vocals, and Rob Ickes adds reso-guitar to one song.

The title track has been distributed this week to bluegrass radio. A “mama song,” long a staple of the genre, it tells of a mother who did without new shoes so her boy could have a guitar.

Here’s a sample…


Bluegrass programmers who did not receive the track can request a copy through Yates’ web site.

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