Tim Gates featured artist at 2017 Freedom Fest
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Whether you follow Nashville, the town or the popular TV show, you know that making it big in country music takes not only talent but timing, and Tim Gates is currently riding that wave to success.

Featured as this year’s Freedom Fest guest performer, Gates has been performing and writing 15 years in Nashville with some of the best musicians in the country, and he’ll be bringing at least six of them with him! 

Gates will also be joined September 9 in Blanding with local performers Magnetic Pull and The Grayson Girls, who will open for him.  MC is Jim Keyes. 

The gates open at 4 p.m. and vendors, concessions, and tickets for prizes will be all set up and ready to go.  Performances begin at 6 p.m. at the San Juan High School football practice field. 

Get you tickets from Redd’s Ace Hardware in Blanding or the San Juan Record in Monticello or buy them at the gate. Tickets are $10 each for those five and up. Midway through the program, concert donors will have a chance to win one of twelve valuable prizes.

Chad McWilliams, Tim’s manager, stated, “You are going to really enjoy this concert.  We’re bringing a well-seasoned band of seven great musicians” and will be doing a variety of traditional county songs, some of Tim’s new ones, as well as patriotic songs and old favorites. 

Tim Gates grew up in Richfield, UT with strong rural roots and a love for music. He credits his parents and the generations who came before him for who he is and who he hopes his kids will become.   

In spite his creative passion, he says, “Composing a family is the most important thing I’ll ever do.” 

His favorite song is “Day Over Beautiful”, which he wrote about his wife.  They have four children.

Singing with and composing songs for some of the biggest names in country music, Gates has performed with Trace Akins and George Strait. Most recently he opened for Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio at the SUU 4th of July concert, 2017.

Gates’ strong suit is that of songwriter, and he has had multiple hits. Last year he had two songs in the number one spot and currently has two cuts on Lucas Hoge’s new album (number one on Billboard) Dirty South: “Shoo Fly Pie”, and “Who’s Gonna Be There” which can be found online. 

Though he’s spent many years helping others sound good, Gates is also a strong singer in his own right, and has performed extensively with Nashville Tribute Band, performing in San Juan County at least two times.

Later, Gates met up with Matt Lopez and Brad Hull and became “instant brothers from a musical standpoint.” The Due West trio kicked into high gear, appearing on the Grand Ole Opry in September, 2012.

He told Nashville Bridge at that time that the artists influencing him the most have been Keith Whitley, Steve Wariner, George Strait and Randy Travis.

Currently Tim is finalizing his first solo album. Though he definitely delivers with a country flavor, his songs come across as more modern and positive – “just how country music should be,” says his manager. 

Last year, Gates won second place overall in the 21st Annual USA Song Competition for “That Thing,” and it also won first place in the Country Music category.

 “What I love the most is when someone says, ‘That song changed my life,’” says Gates. “When Due West released the song ‘I Get That All the Time,’ I remember one concert with a family holding up a sign with the title.

“This dad had a kid on his shoulders, and they were singing at the top of their lungs. We saw how that song had brought them together. I can’t even tell you the town, but I can remember those faces.”

Plan to attend his Freedom Fest Concert, September 9, says chairwoman Kim Henderson, and you’re sure to hear a life-changing song as well!

For a pre-concert sample of Tim’s music, listen to some of his songs here.
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