Since first planting roots within the Canadian music scene in 2011, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest new voices. His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on Huntsville.
Produced by Jim Bryson (Weakerthans, Kathleen Edwards), Yates’ second full-length effort is a major stylistic step forward, with its 11 tracks capturing his artistic evolution amid extensive touring over the past three years.
“Keep Your Head Down,” with its subtle, driving groove, opens the album like a train pulling out at dawn, with vast, open vistas lying ahead. Those come into focus on other key tracks such as “Once More To The Lake,” “Roll Me On Home” and “The Best Part Of Leaving.”
Yet, everywhere on the album, echoes of the Canadian songwriting tradition, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn to Ron Sexsmith, are apparent, proving that with Huntsville, Ken Yates is ready to join that exalted company.
Listen to "Keep Your Head Down"
1. Keep Your Head Down
2. Help Is On The Way
3. High On You Under The Moon
4. Once More To The Lake
5. Roll Me On Home
6. Too Many Windows
7. The Ballad Of Frankie Slide
8. Sarah Don't Shoot
10. The Best Part Of Leaving
11. Leave Me The Light On
ABOUT KEN YATES
A native of London, Ontario (a few hours’ drive south of the actual Huntsville), Yates studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. His first release, The Backseat EP, came out in 2011, whereupon he got a chance to showcase for fellow Berklee alum John Mayer, who responded with a lengthy blog post that read in part, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.’ This song moved me when I first heard it, and it still does today.”
That track became one of the standouts on Yates’ 2013 full-length debut, twenty-three, made after a year of pounding the pavement in New York City. It also became his introduction to the life of a touring musician, and his diligence in that area soon built a devoted group of admirers, one town at a time.
KEN YATES ON TOU - FALL 2016:
Aug 5 :: Annapolis MD :: Ram's Head On Stage
Aug 7 :: Ann Arbor MI :: The Ark
Aug 21 :: Tilbury ON :: Memorial Park
Sept 14 :: Toronto ON :: The Burdock
Sept 16 :: Rochester NY :: The Timber House
Sept 17 :: London ON :: London Music Club
Sept 18 :: Spring Lake MI :: Seven Steps Up
Sept 22 :: Brownfield ME :: Stone Mountain Arts Center
Oct 5 :: London ON :: Fanshawe College
Oct 18 :: Barrie ON :: Barrie Songwriters Series
Oct 23 :: Frenchville PA :: Oak Mountain Hideaway
Oct 27 :: Cedar Falls IA :: Cedar Valley House Concerts