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The Salty Suites 3rd CD Project is set to release soon!!!! - December 30, 2013

The long awaited 3rd CD project from The Salty Suites is close to final release. Watch for news of it's launch, The band is very excited about this project recorded by Jeff Peters, there will be a lot of your new favorites on this project and the band is currently mixing and doing the artwork. As always the band is thankful for your support!!

NEW CD HAS ARRIVED! - August 5, 2012

Click here to purchase the new SALTY SUITES CD! 

CHELSEA WILLIAMS Chevy Commercial - November 14, 2011


Hey there Salty Suites Fans!

Please go to our Facebook Page and search SALTY SUITES.

Check out our new Page and you can chat with us, look at events coming up and see pics and video links that are not on here! Before you leave please click the LIKE button! We are trying to get 1000 members! With us having only been on facebook a few short months we are already at 207 as of this morning!!!!

Thanks so much and hope to see you live in the flesh at a show soon!

NEW CD IN THE WORKS! - September 9, 2011

Yesiree Salty Suites Fans! There is a new CD in the works, the Band has begun preliminary recording of their debut CD and it will soon be in full production... The finished CD will be offered via EMAIL to all our loyal ones here off the Website and thru our Facebook Page so please if you have not registered for our mailing list yet, do so now..


Julian Family Fiddle Camp - January 4, 2011

April 14 - 17, 2011 brings "Julian Family Fiddle Camp" to Camp Cedar Glen in Julian, CA with Scott Gates teaching intermediate - "beginnermediate" mandolin classes.  Information regarding Julian Family Fiddle Camp and the available instrument courses can be found at  

Students registering for Julian Family Fiddle Camp should notate upon registration "Scott Gates sent me!" 

Please be sure to review the web site at for complete information regarding registration, camp, instructors, and the care and feeding of young musicians. See also information regarding the availability of camp scholarships. Again, be sure to notate that Scott Gates sent you! 

Under Re-Construction - October 7, 2010


Pardon our clutter, we're currently under reconstruction!  

SALTY SUITES - October 6, 2010

Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes are of like minds.  They live in the world of live acoustic music, sharing a passion for roots and bluegrass, as well as traditional mountain music. Scott Gates is as close to a musical prodigy on the mandolin as you will ever meet and now plays guitar with the same fire and brilliance. Scott has been a mainstay at festivals for many years and holds a special place in his heart for people he sees year after year. Having performed all over the country and with artists as varied as John McEuen, Nathan McEuen, Steve Martin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Loggins and a virtual Who's-Who of bluegrass players, Scott has started writing music of his own and will be bringing many of these tunes to you this year.  Scott appeared last year on the Ellen Show with Steve Martin, recorded with Kenny Loggins on his soon-to-be-released family album, which was picked up by Disney, and toured the US with band mate Nathan McEuen. Partner in this new venture, Chuck Hailes, is one of the top bass players in the country, schooled in classical and jazz bass playing and techniques. Chuck writes his own music and has teamed with Scott to create many new musical gems. With his  background in bluegrass music, and degree in the Upright Bass, Chuck sings and plays in a way that is uniquely his own. 

Coffee Gallery Backstage:  Scott's Annual Birthday Bash playing Sittin' on Top of the World. 



Often joining Scott and Chuck in The Salty Suites is fiddler Paul Cartwright and singer/songwriter Chelsea Williams. 

Elaine Gregston brings the steady rhythm section to the band by way of the accordion.  She likes to surprise us all with an occasional solo!  

Often collaborating with The SALTY SUITES are Paul Cartwright and Chelsea Williams. 

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Paul Cartwright grew up in a musical family. His parents, both musicians, owned a music store where Paul spent his childhood days. He began studying classical violin at the age of 7. Paul studied jazz and classical violin performance at CSU Bakersfield and CSU Northridge. Paul has since led a diverse career, performing and recording with a spectrum of artists, including John McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Rissi Palmer, Everlast, Ozomatli, Dr. Dre, members of Oingo Boingo, Black Eyed Peas, Los Lobos and War. Paul's playing can also be heard on numerous tv, film and video soundtracks, including Battlestar Galactica, Big Love, Trauma, and Mad Men. Paul currently resides in Los Angeles, and is a member of several local progressive string groups, including the Los Angeles String Collective, the Quartetto Fantastico, Elevation Orchestra, and DaKah Hip Hop Orchestra.

Chelsea Williams.  Chelsea has been writing and performing her own music since she was 13 years old. After a couple of years in two different working bands, Chelsea took the stage on her own by the age of 17, performing at clubs and coffee shops. While some of her early songs are still hits with her fans, she has continued to develop as a writer penning nearly 100 original songs to date. Chelsea currently makes her living by playing on the street for tips and selling a home-made demo, having sold thousands of CDs in recent months, one-by-one, simply on her own on the street. Her magnetic presence draws them in and her songs set the hook. 

The future of the music we love so much is very bright indeed.

THE SALTY SUITES: a collaborative movement - October 5, 2010

The Gates-Hailes Collaborative (now dubbed The SALTY SUITES) presented their debut performance at the 6th Annual (18th) Birthday Bash held at the Coffee Gallery: Backstage in Altadena, CA  on Tuesday, July 27th.  Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes have been working out quite the show with new and newly refurbished tunes throughout, and collaborating with the best emerging artists in California.  This show brought Scott opening for his own party with Bonny Jean (, singing "Oh, Mandolin".  Gates and Hailes, collaborating with hot-and-sought-after fiddler Paul Cartwright, and with amazing singer/songwriter Chelsea Williams, presented a double set of material written and rendered over the last few months.  Nathan McEuen, usually seen as the front man/singer/songwriter/guitarist with Scott Gates as the supporting musician, is currently touring his solo performance.   

Scott's plans are to re-enter the world of bluegrass with this new band, The SALTY SUITES, and has already performed several events.  Keep a watch on the Calendar page for newly posted events!  

Video from 2010's Birthday Bash can be seen at the link  below:

FANtastic! - June 23, 2010

The Gates Family was pleased to have Scott's first fans in attendance at Huck Finn: KAT and Crazy John from Disneyland, USA & first International Fans: Kimmie and Sunny Kobayashi all the way from Osaka, Japan. Special mention to Karen and Jim Przywara for going the distance and for being able to pronounce their last name! Newest fans: George "Einstein" and Cathy Margolin -- thanks for stopping by.

NATHAN & SCOTT - Newhall, CA - March 27, 2010


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Nathan and Scott / The Grascals - January 29, 2010

The Nathan McEuen Band featuring Scott Gates on mandolin and Chuck Hailes on bass are opening for 

THE GRASCALS at the Hanford Fox Theater in Hanford, CA on Saturday, January 30, 2010!  

IBMA - September 30, 2009

Scott and Nathan are in Nashville. Scott is visiting IBMA. Any of you who see him there, tell him HELLO from California!

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA - September 27, 2009

John McEuen, Matt Cartsonis, Nathan McEuen and Scott Gates played tonight in Norman, Oklahoma.  We talked to Scott after the show, and he was out to dinner with the guys.  A pleased concert-goer left the following message in Scott's guest book:

New Guest Book Entry - Sun, 27 Sep 2009 7:45:46pm PDT

Name: Gordon Baker

Just saw your show in Norman, OK tonight. Glad to see some young guns to carry on
what John and the Dirt Band started,and also good to see the great originals you are

THANK YOU MR. BAKER for letting us know how things are going out there on the road.

Photos below: Scott's room at the Montford Inn -- Norman, OK




Scott and Nathan's Tour Update - September 24, 2009

Scott and Nathan's Fall Tour has taken them out of California, through Arizona and into Texas now. We've been asking for photos, and as soon as they are able to upload, we'll post a few. In the meantime, here is a clip from Dizzy's (San Diego Wine and Culinary Center) in San Diego, in the Harbor Club Building at 2nd and J. Streets in Gaslamp. Next time you go, park in the lot there, walk around the Harbor Club building toward the train tracks, and around to the back that looks like the front to the Wine and Culinary Center -- San Diego's best kept secret is the Dizzy's venue! Limited but excellent menu -- and get the creme brulee!

HUCK FINN '09 - and a great time was had by all... - June 24, 2009

Local teen makes name as bluegrass artist - May 4, 2009

What's Scott Up To? The Nathan McEuen Band... - April 27, 2009

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Nathan McEuen (guitar and vocals, songwriter -- and not to be confused with brother Jonathan) is a successful singer and songwriter of his own accord. His young yet vast experience in the wonderful world of music and earned him performances on The Tonight Show, The Grand Old Opry, opening for John Denver, Kenny Loggins, Crosby Loggins, to name only a few. Nathan plays everything
acoustic genre from Old-Time and Traditional Bluegrass, to Folk, Folk-Rock and contemporary Acoustic Rock. He has been well received nationally and internationally. 

Topanga's annual banjo/fiddle contest and festival has had great successes over the past 48 years. Certainly, 2007 and s008 were exciting for mandolin player Scott Gates as he won first place in the band category, two years in a row. Since those marked events, Scott has been showcased several times by John McEuen, both in his solo shows, and with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Son Nathan McEuen and Scott have been performing together on a southwest tour. The past few months, Scott has focused primarily on vocals as his newest instrument, while still performing at top notch on the mandolin and guitar. 

Chuck Hailes (bass, vocals, songwriter) brings in a strong traditional bass with excellence in execution of his well-loved instrument. Chuck's soothing high tenor harmonies linger upon one's mind for hours beyond the show. His bass playing and time keeping
abilities strongly drive, yet complement, the entire band. 

To book your house concert or venue contact Nathan McEuen, or Scott Gates at Looking forward to hearing from you!

Bluegrass Soundboard/ April-May '09 - April 8, 2009

Scott Gates, 16 year old
mandolinist has had an exciting first few months of 2009!  First, he worked
in-studio directly with Kenny Loggins on a new children's CD signed with Disney.
Shortly after, he was off to Nashville and Memphis with "The Nathan McEuen
Band: featuring Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes"...Recently, Scott joined
forces with Nathan McEuen after his father, John, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
showcased both Nathan and Scott on Father's Day at the Victorville Huck Finn
Jubilee.  Well received, The Nathan McEuen Band has been hired on the main
stage at Huck Finn 2009. 


Scott singing Farmer's Life - April 8, 2009

song by Gary Best and Bruce Scism

Nathan McEuen, Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes - March 13, 2009

Scott Gates, Nathan McEuen and Chuck Hailes have officially joined musical forces to bring you the best of the best in acoustic music, vocals, and sound. Click on "Calendar" to see the many recently added peformance dates.

Latest News Grows - February 16, 2009

Nathan McEuen and Scott Gates with bassist Chuck Hailes have an acoustic style of music that just brings people to the shows and keeps them coming back. Nathan, son of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member John McEuen, was raised with a firm foundation in bluegrass and folk music but he has now stepped out. Forming the Nathan McEuen Band, Nathan has secured mandolin virtuoso Scott Gates and the outstanding bass player Chuck Hailes to form the nucleus of the band. Scott ,at 16, has taken the acoustic world by storm gaining recognition across the country for his playing and vocals. Nathan crafts original tunes and old classics into an evening of musical magic. Scott just back from recording on Kenny Loggins new album trades licks and vocal harmonies with Nathan and Chuck. Each performance is an evening sure to entertain and encourage us all in the future of acoustic music.

The Nathan McEuen Trio featuring Nathan, Scott and Chuck will be performing this week in Nashville and in Memphis. See you there!

New Kenny Loggins CD - January 19, 2009

Keep an eye out for this one. Scott Gates and John McEuen recently swapped mandolin and banjo licks in the studio for Mr. Kenny Loggins.....Kenny called Scott back a couple of weeks later to record on more cuts. We are soooo stoked!! ...

Father's Day HUCK FINN JUBILEE '09 - January 18, 2009

Do you have your tickets yet? Nathan McEuen and Scott Gates will be performing twice on Saturday at Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville, CA Father's Day Weekend 2009.

What's Scott Up To? - January 3, 2009

Tuesday evening, 7:30 pm
Scott Gates, Evan Marshall & could be a friend or two -- Ya never know!
All American Melodrama and Music Theater at Shoreline Village, Long Beach. Save room for a hot dog! Bring a friend!

While the Scott Gates Band is on hiatus, Scott has been touring with The Nathan McEuen Trio and fund-raising for
Peace Thru Music, an organization
that provides music education to underprivileged children.   Between
times, Scott has been working on his new CD which is  being produced by
Jonathan McEuen.  Watch closely for news and events coming your way! 
Please post on the mapper and leave your email address for updates! 

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