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Braden Gates Delivers Honest Portraits Of Everyday Working People On 'Kitchen Days'

With the release of his latest album “Kitchen DaysBraden Gates has proven himself to be more than worthy of the attention he’s receiving. His songs brim with emotional depth and stark imagery and yet find the humour in everyday life. His growing audience is consistently moved by the poignancy and poetry that bind much of his material together.

Like other singer songwriters that have been forced to cancel appearances due to the coronavirus Braden has found work elsewhere. On “Kitchen Days” we learn about the characters he meets working in a restaurant’s kitchen. Much like Guy Clark and John Prine, Braden delivers honest portraits of everyday working men and women with a wry sense of humour, but always with respect.

Recorded and mixed by Harry Gregg at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton, Alberta. Mastered by Mr. Smith of Mr. Smith Productions. Joining Braden on this album are: Gord Matthews (lap slide), Anh Phung (harmony vocal, piano, piccolo), Dan Stadnicki (percussion), and Celeigh Cardinal (harmony vocals).

“Braden Gates walked out on stage and immediately grabbed the audience’s attention. Not an easy thing when you are opening for Blue Rodeo in a sold out Banff Amphitheatre show (1700 capacity) – solo, just him and his guitar. His wit, charm and ultimately – incredible songs won the hearts of everyone in attendance. I would have him back in a second!

— Allison Brock, Director of Presenting, Banff Centre


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