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Johnny Gates Releases “Dive Bar” from Upcoming Project – LISTEN

Blake Shelton may have called him “the next Mick Jagger,” and Alicia Keys “a male Gwen Stefani,” but Johnny Gates has his heart set on Nashville and has been praised for his “country rock roots.” (Billboard) The singer/songwriter released “Dive Bar” today as another track from his upcoming self-titled debut solo EP. Billboard exclusively announced the project last week and its August 30 release date, as well as a first listen of “Hell Outta Here.” Sounds Like Nashville gave fans a first listen of “Dive Bar,” praising Gates for his “infectious energy of rock with the story-driven soul of country music.”

Listen to “Dive Bar” here:

Gates shares, “In some ways, this project is the official launch of my solo career, but in a lot of ways, I feel like I’m finishing what I started so many years ago when I first arrived in Nashville. What has always intrigued me about this city and country music is the song. While making this project, I’ve never felt more connected to the songwriting process. Some of the tracks came from a late night, with only my acoustic guitar and a half-empty beer. Others came on noisy nights when I had to stop when the sirens got too loud or the neighbors started complaining. It was as bare-bones as possible in all of the best ways. This collection of songs truly embody the spirit of why I came to Nashville in the first place, and how thrilled I am to be back.”

The project, produced by Tyler Thompson, marks Gates’ inevitable return to Music City, feeling right at home with new artists like Maren Morris, Ruston Kelly and Caitlyn Smith defying genre lines. The bona-fide performer first arrived in Nashville right out of high school as the lead singer of the Runaway Saints. After landing a record deal with Warner Brothers, the band headed west to Los Angeles. After massive tours with Rod Stewart, Ryan Cabrera, Secondhand Serenade and more, the band split leaving Gates behind with only his guitar and music still very much in his heart. After going solo, he toured the country a few more times – even packing LA’s iconic Troubadour. He went on to compete on Season 12 of NBC’sThe Voice onboard Team Gwen Stefani.

1. Hell Outta Here (Johnny Gates, Tyler Thompson, Lauren Luiz, Michael Costello)
2. Dive Bar (Gates, Thompson)
3. Church Girl (Gates, Thompson, Luiz, Costello)
4. Bandit (Gates)

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