Jeff Bates Celebrates CD and Sobriety

From left: Jeff Bates, Sarah Darling and the members of Due West photo by RANDI RADCLIFF

Jeff Bates had a couple of reasons to celebrate at an album release party for artists on the Black River Entertainment label, Tuesday (Feb. 15), at the Loveless Barn in Nashville.

Jeff and label mates Sarah Darling and Due West were all releasing their albums on the same day, Feb. 15.

Jeff told Country Weekly that his new six-song EP, One Day Closer, coincides with a special milestone in his personal life. "This marks the 10th year of my sobriety," said the soulful singer, who has battled both alcohol and substance abuse problems in the past. "I'm excited about the album, and I also feel great physically and in all other ways. I thank everybody who made this happen. I'm very grateful."

Jeff talks about the inspiration for his new EP in the Feb. 28 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands Feb. 21.

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