Born in Texas, as he sings, raised on the Louisiana side, Gate
is Michelle’s mentor in so many ways, so many ways, her
guiding star for how to grow old and ever greater playing whatever
kind of music you’re of a mood to play. Gate plays country
music because he’s from the country -- this country. Raised
in a music-playing family, as Michelle was, he learned to play
fiddle and guitar from his father; what’s more, he learned
how to be a man. At nineteen, he was leading a big band; even
more importantly, at 80, he still is. Probably the great American
master, and not just of music. Hell, he’ll tell you so himself.
So listen. And learn.