Genre: Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter
From Edmonton, Alberta, Braden Gates is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing singer/songwriters in the province. A born raconteur in both his songwriting and song introductions, he is often compared to a young Loudon Wainwright: for his similar grimacing as he hits the notes and the sharpness of his observation and sly humor. Drawn to those with a story to tell, Gates aims to communicate these stories in a way that brings people together – which is often the case in one of his intimate live shows. Gates’ second album, Ferris Wheel, is a combination of intricate guitar work, driving fiddle playing and honest story telling. Engineered by celebrated recording engineer and producer, Miles Wilkinson — a man who’s worked on records by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Guy Clark to Rosanne Cash, Gates’ latest work focuses on personal experiences as well as the stories of those that he has crossed paths with throughout his travels.