OXFORD – On Saturday night, a musician who has been a fixture on the local music scene for more than 25 years will celebrate the release of his band’s first CD with an acoustic show at 6 On The Square in Oxford.
LJ Gates will take the stage from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the non-profit venue, playing a selection of original songs from their new self-titled album as well as other original pieces, all written by Oxford native Lyndon Gates.
Gates picked up his first guitar at the age of 11, and has been making music ever since. He made his debut on the local music scene in 1978, and for the next six years played guitar with a number of bands. In 1984, he decided he wanted to have more creative control and formed LJ Gates.
The group was small, just Gates on guitar plus a bass player and percussionist. Bookings, promotions and even lighting were handled by Gates’ wife Julie, who 25 years later, continues to manage the group.