Rainbow Man

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
I have no idea if Nashville is looking for a Barry White to call their own, but judging from his debut album, it seems as if Jeff Bates wants to be the new multi-racial love man of country music. Rainbow Man features a five-song stretch of romantic tunes in which Bates does his best to put some vocal moves on the lady in his life; and he even sinks into a deep-voiced spoken-word routine on "Long, Slow Kisses" in which he explains the details of the seduction ritual he has planned for the evening Mr. Love Unlimited himself would probably approve. As background music for that "special night" at home, at very least this album beats Toby Keith's body of work; and while songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
I have no idea if Nashville is looking for a Barry White to call their own, but judging from his debut album, it seems as if Jeff Bates wants to be the new multi-racial love man of country music. Rainbow Man features a five-song stretch of romantic tunes in which Bates does his best to put some vocal moves on the lady in his life; and he even sinks into a deep-voiced spoken-word routine on "Long, Slow Kisses" in which he explains the details of the seduction ritual he has planned for the evening Mr. Love Unlimited himself would probably approve. As background music for that "special night" at home, at very least this album beats Toby Keith's body of work; and while songs like "My Inlaws Are Outlaws" and "Country Enough" are by-the-numbers modern country radio fodder, at least "Rainbow Man" in which he explains and celebrates his diverse ethnic heritage and "My Mississippi" boast a personal touch that puts Bates a notch or so above most of his competition. While the slick-as-Teflon production and Bates' overly wavering voice don't flatter this material, at least on Rainbow Man Jeff Bates shoots for something slightly to the left of Nashville's radar, a direction he'll hopefully pursue with more vigor on his second album.
Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
[Bates] strikes potent emotional chords. (A)
Blender - Chuck Aly
Bates has earned favorable comparison with another neotraditionalist baritone who pulled country out of the doldrums 20 years ago: Randy Travis.

Bates has earned favorable comparison with another neotraditionalist baritone who pulled country out of the doldrums 20 years ago: Randy Travis.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: RCA
  • UPC: 078636707129
  • Catalog Number: 67071

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Bates Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Chip Davis Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt Bass
David Grissom Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell Piano, Keyboards
Michael Landau Guitar, Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Gordon Mote Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Synthesizer Strings
Joe Spivey Fiddle, Mandolin
Lonnie Wilson Drums, Tambourine
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Strings, Octaphone, Octophone
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Jimmy Nichols Piano
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
John D. Willis Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Troy Lancaster Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmy Yeary Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Mickey Jack Cones Vocals, Background Vocals, Overdubs
Jeff King Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Derek Bason Engineer
Bill Decker Engineer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Scott Hendricks Producer, Engineer
David Malloy Producer
John Paterno Engineer
Terry Woods Composer
S. Wade Hunt Cover Design
Mellissa Schleicher grooming
Kenny Beard Producer
Mike Hanson Engineer
Jeff Bates Producer
Barry Senter Engineer
Astrid Herbold May Art Direction
George W. Clinton Engineer
Mickey Jack Cones Engineer
Johnny Dorris Hallmark Management
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Filling Conway's shoes

    An uncanny Conway Twitty sound for a new generation. Radio hasn't played the best cuts yet. Soulful, sexy and personal, this disk is a departure from the standard country fare. This is hit music to romance by. Bring it on Jeff Bates!

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