NEW CD HAS ARRIVED! - August 5, 2012
Click here to purchase the new SALTY SUITES CD!
Click here to purchase the new SALTY SUITES CD!
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!
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..
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 www.familyfiddlecamp.com.
Students registering for Julian Family Fiddle Camp should notate upon registration "Scott Gates sent me!"
Please be sure to review the web site at www.familyfiddlecamp.com 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!
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 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 (www.bonnyjean.net), 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: http://www.youtube.com/agates11#p/a/u/0/adA1OtVIMA4
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.
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!
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 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!
APPLE VALLEY â€¢ Scott Gates is in demand as a session mandolin player,
having played with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, recorded an album with Kenny
Loggins and formed two acoustic bluegrass bands of his own.
The kicker? The Apple Valley resident is just 16 years old.
Scott was born in Santa Clarita and began his musical career at the age of
three, fingering the notes to â€œMary Had a Little Lambâ€ on a toy piano.
After a stint with lessons on a real piano, focused mainly on hymns and
classical music, he dropped the instrument completely.
â€œI regret it now,â€ he said. â€œBut Iâ€™m going to pick it up again
Still, those classical roots come back to haunt him on occasion.
â€œI was playing (mandolin) with a harpist on the street in Ventura a couple
days ago and I started playing these classical songs,â€ he said. â€œI was
like whoa, I didnâ€™t realize I had these in my repertoire.â€
When Scott was seven he was at Disneyland with his parents watching Billy Hill
& the Hillbillies. He was enthralled by the mandolin player, who turned
out to be duo-style master Evan J. Marshall.
â€œAfter a show I walked up to him and asked him if he would teach me
mandolin,â€ Scott said.
Marshall agreed, and what started as one hour lessons every two weeks quickly
grew into three hours once or twice a week.
Scottâ€™s parents continued driving him down for lessons when he moved to
Apple Valley at 8 years old. Thatâ€™s also when Scott became friends with the
son of a Lost Highway Bluegrass Band member and fell in love with the genre
through the Huck Finn Festival.
At 13 Gates and his friends formed the Pacific Ocean Bluegrass Band, which was
more of a â€œmusic collectiveâ€ really, Scott said, with its young members
In 2007, the â€œcollectiveâ€ took top honors in the Topanga Banjo/Fiddle
Last summer Scott was invited to play with a friend at the Camarillo Airport.
Turned out he was joining Jonathan McEuen, son to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
founder, John McEuen.
After finishing the airport gig, Jonathan invited Scott to join him the next
â€œHe said, â€˜Iâ€™m going to be playing with my dad and my brother if you
want to come and pick.â€™ I didnâ€™t realize it was John McEuen until I got
Scott ended up playing with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during last yearâ€™s
Huck Finn Jubilee.
Soon Gates and Nathan McEuen, who is 26 and has opened for David Crosby,
decided to make their own band. Bass player Chuck Hailes joined the group to
form the Gates McEuen Hailes Band.
Over the last year the acoustic bluegrass band has played shows in Memphis and
Nashville, done a tour around the southwest and is getting ready for another
Meanwhile Scottâ€™s earning his high school diploma online through
Philadelphia-based PennFoster.edu. He hopes to graduate through the
independent study program within the next six months.
â€œIâ€™m not going to be the Social Distortion rockstar who drops out of high
school and runs with it,â€ Scott said. â€œThereâ€™s so many people with crazy
pipe dreams and I really want to have something to fall back on.â€
Right now heâ€™s thinking that might include a career in environmental
studies, or maybe advertising â€” â€œsomething that I can make a good living
at,â€ he said.
â€œSome of the best advice Iâ€™ve ever gotten, and Iâ€™ve gotten a lot, is
â€˜Youâ€™re not going to be the cute little kid forever,â€™â€™ Scott said with
When asked how he recently snagged a gig recording songs on the latest Kenny
Loggins album, Scott said humbly, â€œIt was one of those things where this guy
knows this guy and this guy knows this guy...â€
Nathan McEuen showed Logginâ€™s producer a YouTube video of Scott and what
started as playing one break along with John McEuen, battling back and forth
between the mandolin and the banjo, grew to recording three or four songs.
â€œThe best part was when I left (Loggins) said, â€˜Weâ€™ll do it again
sometime,â€™â€ Scott said.
While his oldest brother Thomas is â€œcompletely tone deafâ€ â€” raising
three beautiful daughters, holding down three jobs and still making time to
play Airsoft with Scott â€” his other three siblings have all dabbled in
His brother Brandon played bass in a punk band as a teen, but has dropped the
hobby for dropping out of planes, doing military intelligence work for the
Dustinâ€™s still a great guitar player, Scott said, sticking to classic rock
â€” not Chicago classic rock, Scott clarifies, but more like â€œsome great
Chuck Berry licks.â€
And his sister Lorie, whoâ€™s married to an airman in Arizona, still sings in
Scott started singing a few years back, mainly because no one else wanted to
be â€œthe front guyâ€ for POB. Now heâ€™s taking lessons with a singing coach
in Hollywood and sings backup vocals with Nathan McEuen whenever he feels
Brenda Hough of Bluegrass Breakdown has said, â€œScottâ€™s vocals now match
his mandolin prowess.â€
Scott would love to become a songwriter, too. Heâ€™s penciled one so far about
a coal miner, but calls it â€œnothing special.â€
â€œI like the idea of getting my heart out there. But I really want to write
something thatâ€™s different and unique,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve crumpled a lot
He also has a passion for Celtic music, as evidenced by his Dropkick Murphys
ringback tone. And he dreams of playing in an Irish pub where, heâ€™s been
told, people â€œshut up and pay attentionâ€ to good olâ€™ acoustic music.
When asked about his ultimate goal as a musician, Scott said, â€œI just kind
of want to make people happy, I guess. I know it sounds cheesy, but I want
people to have the same appreciation for music that I do.â€
Brooke Edwards may be reached at 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.