Big Win at Rising Stars Music Competition

I was honored to win for a second time at the Rising Stars Music Competition at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds on Saturday. Me and my trusty 6-string took first place in the Singer/Songwriter Acoustic category. The competition was fierce, but friendly on a beautiful fall day in Ukiah. I loved hanging out with the other talent. Who doesn’t want to hob-nob with fellow songwriters, crooners and jamming musicians? It’s just a gas.

Plus, nothing is more gratifying than getting to do what I love, while contributing to causes that help folks. The competition is a 12-hour, multi-musician, multi-genre smorgasbord of talent, who over the years have helped raise over $15,000 for charity.

It’s more like a marathon for sponsors and volunteers who give countless hours organizing the yearly event. But it is a worthwhile labor of love that touches a lot of lives — just like the music they help promote.

Rising Stars Event Poster 2013


  1. OF COURSE YOU WON!!!!! Wow, why didn’t you tell me the other night…that’s really awesome, congratulations my man! I mean really, who else could play it pretty as you? You should submit to Guitar Center’s singer/songwriter talent search right now! I just saw it in their catalog…you could win gear and a recording session with Don Was in N.Y.! Oh, by the way LOVE the Steven Bates band, those guys are alright!

  2. Thanks for supporting Rising Stars all these years Steven! Its always a treat to watch you perform. I love that your heart is with local music and supporting local non-profit organizations 🙂 Congrats and thanks again!

    • My absolute pleasure…