Bates was thrilled to receive three semifinals nominations in the Tamworh Songwriters Association Salute Awards in 2018/19. The songs, from our Small Town Tales Album, were 'I Got Gold' (nominated for Gospel Song Of The Year); 'Sat In The Car And Remembered (nominated for Country Ballad Of The Year); and 'Florence Met Frank' (nominated for the Bev Daniel Commemorative Bush Ballad Traditonal Section). Thanks to the TSA for making us feel right at home!
Watling & Bates are songwriters from Unumgar, on the western edge of the Northern Rivers of NSW. Fiddle, banjo, and guitar provide a backdrop for their tales, which recount local history, simple joys, or the complexities of a troubled mind. Their songs move like a will-o-the-wisp between Australiana and Americana, Gothic country and dark folk, hillbilly and honkytonk.
Minus Three is the second radio single from the Small Town Tales album, released through Checked Label Services in November 2018. The instrumental recreates the feelings of cold mornings at Unumgar. The sound of bare feet hitting a cold floor, coffee on the brew, and fresh firewood being piled on last nights embers.
Minus Three can be purchased through our website store, through digital download, or on the Small Town Tales CD.
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