A Cork Tale Wake, released last year. Steve was referring to the inscrutable lyrics on top of pained melodies. And, alas, I had to agree. Bathgate is a talented folk song writer, and his liquid, unstylized voice is soothing. But if he is as overwrought on the inside as he expresses in his music, I feel sorry for the guy. Not that Bathgate isn't generating buzz. A new EP, Wait, Skeleton, was released last year as a digital download card at 7,000 Starbucks-the first artist from a small label (Michigan's Quite Scientific Records) to land a spot in this promotion. His song "Serpentine" was chosen as "Song of the Day" by NPR Music in January 2008. He was selected "Best Solo Artist in Michigan" in 2006 by Real Detroit Weekly. And his young fans, in vintage cotton dresses, sing along with all the words at his acoustic performances. But do they know what he's s..."/>
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Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate 2009

Serious and mysterious

From the April, 2009 issue

"I blame Bob Dylan for records like this." That's what my friend, Steve, said to me as we listened to Chris Bathgate's A Cork Tale Wake, released last year. Steve was referring to the inscrutable lyrics on top of pained melodies. And, alas, I had to agree. Bathgate is a talented folk song writer, and his liquid, unstylized voice is soothing. But if he is

 
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