New release for Sept 2017 – Let It Go EP

Tine to release three new songs as the “Let It Go” EP.

Let It Go EP Cover ShotThis 3 track EP was inspired by travelling through California. You get the laid back Americana of “Sausalito”, followed by the California Rock influenced “Let It Go” and then the story focused country melancholia of “Sometimes”. Pretty varied stuff, but just where my head has been lately. I’ll work out a direction one day.

I hope you like it OK.



All songs written and composed by Chris Davison as Bad Bob Bates.
All vocals and stringed instruments – Bad Bob Bates
Keyboards and percussion – Ally Lee
Production and Engineering – Ally Lee

Recorded at Mill Studios, Alnwick, August 2016 and Sept 2017

EP title pic – Janie Davison
Let It Go track pic – Bernie Penman
Sausalito track pic – Chris Davison
Sometimes track pic – Chris Davison


1st and 2nd Sept – Great Weekend Ahead

A nice weekend coming up.  First time at Libby May’s in Sunderland Friday 1st September – cool new basement bar.  I’m plating solo and planning laid back Americana start to full on foot stomping finale.  I rarely get to Sunderland so looking forward to this.  Gonna try to channel some Buddy Miller and Ryan Adams early on, and maybe a bit of Western Plains Rory Gallagher.  Plenty BBB originals too, and there’ll be CDs for sale (just a fiver).

On Saturday I’m back at The Cluny in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley with Oil City Shakers duo, supporting the wonderful blues/rock guitarist Chantelle McGregor.  On stage from 8 pm.  Great venue, great setting, great beers and wines/spirits and I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic evening.  Tickets/door from The Cluny.  We’ll have OCS CDs for sale too.  Well worth the money!

It’s been a bit busy lately with some great full on band bookings as well as duo and solo.

Back to solo for a couple of weeks now, first up in Guide Post in Northumberland.








Back with the band stuff soon enough ;)


The Velvets, National Tour 2017

Celebrating 50 Years of The Velvet Underground catch THE VELVETS on their UK tour performing Velvet Underground classics from ’67-70.
SAT 27TH MAY Arts Club Liverpool
SAT 9TH SEP  O2 Academy Newcastle
FRI 15TH SEP O2 Academy Bristol
SAT 16TH SEP O2 Academy Birmingham
FRI 29TH SEP O2 Academy Oxford
SAT 30TH SEP O2 Academy Islington
SAT 11TH NOV O2 ABC Glasgow
FRI 17TH NOV O2 Academy Sheffield

Velvets tour 17

Solo weekend ahead 3rd to 5th February

Half Moon 2 Hartlepool








Solo double header this weekend.  Darlington’ Half Moon and Crafty Pint on Friday (a great little bar with fantastic ales and company) and Hartlepool FC Supporters Club (they know their blues and rock well!). Might see you there.