Chris Gates and Gatesville / Press

“The simple joys of domestic sobriety fit Chris Gates like a trucker cap. A former punk-rocker and recovering blues-metal hellion (in the Big Boys and Junkyard, respectively), the Austin singer/songwriter/guitarist now resides in Gatesville where family, glory days and backyard barbecues are all the talk of the town. “Welcome to Gatesville,” the second album from the big guy’s namesake band (due Sept. 16 with bonus tracks available to advance purchasers), follows in the footprints of Gatesville’s debut, “Ain’t it Grand,” meaning it would be right at home alongside fellow porch-strummers like Skynyrd, Steve Earle, the Outlaws, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker and the Allmans (with maybe Mellencamp sitting in for a spell). It’s roadhouse music so dusty and weathered, you can practically hear the dance floor creak. For a guy who’s been around the block, Chris Gates settles nicely right back where he started. Home. Austin. Texas. “Welcome to Gatesville,” indeed. Ya’ll com”