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VIDEO: Bob Gatewood plays tunes off his brand-new album

Ashley Bethard • Jan 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Bob Gatewood might be an island staple, but his true sound – which can be heard on his new full-length album titled “Be Good to Yourself” – is anything but. Let me clarify. It’s easy to peg island musicians as trop-rockers, drawing comparisons to Jimmy Buffett and the like. But one listen to Gatewood’s album dispels all of that in one fell swoop.

Gatewood’s album is original material, so if you’re looking for some easy-breezy covers, look elsewhere. You’ll find a wide range of sounds and influence, ranging from a rhythm-and-blues approach to something a little more haunted. We also get a little more of Gatewood’s grit, which comes howling through on “It Is What It Is” (see the video above).

To make the album, Gatewood headed to Nashville to meet up with award-winning studio session artist (and producer) Tom Bukovac. To round out the talent stable, the record features Joe Vitale (Ted Nugent, Joe Walsh, Crosby Stills & Nash) on drums, David Santos (Billy Joel) on bass, Mark Jordan on keyboards and Sarah Buxton (who’s written for Keith Urban) on backing vocals.

There’s such a wide range of emotion and styles here, from sentimental to playful. Just about any listener will find something to relate to – which is perfect, since we’re giving away five copies of “Be Good to Yourself” to five lucky winners. Winning is easy – just leave a comment on this story, telling us your favorite Bob Gatewood lyric.

In our exclusive interview with Gatewood, you'll find why you should (or shouldn't) listen to Pat Dailey's advice, Bob's "must-have" tour item (you'll never guess what it is!) and stories from recording with Bukovac, Vitale, Santos and Buxton. 

Listen here:

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