Braden Gates Live at the Bassment in Kamloops Saturday May 26th, 2018
- Presented By: The Bassment Kamloops
- Dates: May 26, 2018
- Location: The Bassment Kamloops
- Address: 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops, BC V1S 1N4
- Phone: (250) 574-1372
- Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
- Price: R.S.V.P. @ https://www.thebassmentkamloops.com
There’s a wide-skied, blue-eyed optimism in the words of Braden Gates. His quick witted, fast-picked, friend-folk songs start from the heart and work their way to the sleeve in a trail of family anecdotes and street corner romances.
Gates himself is a soft-spoken, clean-cut Edmonton boy, with a keen ear for the quirks of the everyday. At the tender age of 24-years-old, he’s releasing his third full-length studio album, Much Rather Be Sleeping. But more about that later.
Gates is a prolific live performer, playing around Edmonton and Western Canada, recently springing to Calgary for a few sets at Wide Cut Weekend. He often sits with his audience, swapping between guitar and fiddle, cracking jokes as he plays. There’s a polish and wisdom to his words that fit well beyond his years, likely due to his heavy catalogue that puts most songwriters to shame. In addition to studio albums, Gates often records on his home computer webcam, throwing new and familiar songs to his friends and admirers. This past year, he put out six volumes of material via the Edmontone Demo Series, so named after studios where they were recorded.
Gates self-describes the series as “demo-y, weird, eccentric things.” In his effort to hone his craft, the series found Gates “playing around with the creative process a little bit,” a result of “[becoming] a little bit obsessive with songwriting last year.”
Playing and writing often has helped polish his work, but he still finds value in the studio process